Skip to Content

Menu Icon
Menu
Menu Icon

Sexual Dysfunction Causes: Medicines

Topic Overview

Some medicines may cause a decrease in your desire for sex or in your body's ability to make sex pleasurable (such as vaginal dryness or inability to have an erection). These medicines include:

  • Blood pressure (hypertensive) medicines.
    • Diuretics
    • Alpha-blockers, such as terazosin and doxazosin
    • Beta-blockers
    • Calcium channel blockers
  • Diabetic medicines.
  • Antidepressants.
  • Antihistamines.
  • Tranquilizers.
  • Appetite suppressants.
  • Chemotherapy for cancer.
  • Opioids.
  • Antiandrogens, such as cimetidine and spironolactone.
  • Antiestrogens.
    • Tamoxifen and raloxifene
    • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone analgesics, such as leuprolide and goserelin

If you are taking a prescription medicine and think it might be interfering with your sexual interest and activity, talk with your doctor. He or she may be able to change your dosage or substitute another medicine that does not have these side effects.

Take your medicines exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor if you think you are having a problem with your medicine.

Related Information

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
Last Revised May 29, 2012

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

Decision Points

Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.

You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:

Interactive Tools

Get started learning more about your health!

Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.

Symptom Checker

Feeling under the weather?

Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.

Health Library