When Good Drugs Lead to Bad Sex
Lost That Lovin' Feeling? It Could Be Your Medicine.
Physicians who treat hypertension and depression say they don't
rule out the use of Viagra for all patients on blood pressure-lowering or
antidepressant drugs. But they do select these patients very carefully and rule
out certain patients. Those taking nitrate drugs, for instance, such as
nitroglycerine (such as Nitrol or Nitro-Bid) for chest pain, are warned by the
manufacturer, Pfizer, not to take Viagra. Others are cautioned to tell their
physician about other drugs they are taking.
Doctors say they decide on a case-by-case basis, weighing the
risks against the benefits.
Whether you need medication to lower blood pressure or lift
your mood, find a doctor you can communicate with, agree Ferguson and Rudd.
"Get a good doctor who will work with you to find the best
drug," advises Ferguson. A physician should listen to your concerns about a
medication's effect on your sex life, consider switching you to another drug if
possible, or reduce the dose.
If your doctor does none of the above, experts agree, it's time
Kathleen Doheny is a Los Angeles-based health journalist and
regular contributor to WebMD. Her work also appears in the Los Angeles
Times, Shape, Modern Maturity, and other publications.