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Prescription Medicine and Erection Problems

A number of medicines may be associated with erection problems (erectile dysfunction). Let your doctor know if you are taking any of these medicines. If you are having erection problems, they may be causing or adding to your problems having an erection. Your doctor may be able to change the amount you take or find an alternative.

Medicines with a high incidence of causing erection problems include:

Other medicines may contribute to erection problems in some men.

Examples of medicines that may cause erection problems or make erection problems worse
Medicine type Examples

High blood pressure medicines

Diuretics

Antidepressants

Antipsychotics

  • Chlorpromazine
  • Fluphenazine
  • Haloperidol (such as Haldol)
  • Perphenazine
  • Risperidone (such as Risperdal)
  • Thioridazine
  • Thiothixene (such as Navane)

Hormones

  • Estrogens
  • Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analogues (such as Zoladex, Lupron)

Anticonvulsants

  • Carbamazepine (such as Tegretol)
  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenytoin (such as Dilantin)

Cardiovascular

Ulcers and heartburn treatment

  • Cimetidine (such as Tagamet)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) treatment

  • Dutasteride (Avodart)
  • Finasteride (Proscar)

Other medicines that may affect erections include medicines for:

  • Parkinson's disease, such as levodopa/carbidopa (Sinemet).
  • Nausea and vomiting, such as prochlorperazine (Compro) and promethazine (Promethegan).

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Current as of May 14, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 14, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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