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Which drugs are known to cause erectile dysfunction?

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Some medication for high blood pressure can cause erection problems. They include diuretics (water pills) and beta-blockers. If you take a diuretic, you should stay on it until high blood pressure is under control. If erection problems persist, or if your blood pressure goes back up, then your doctor might switch your meds or try a combination of drugs. If you take a beta-blocker and have issues, ask your doctor if you should try something else.

SOURCES: American Urological Association, "AUA Guideline on the Management of Erectile Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations." Barksdale, J. , May 1999; vol 19: pp 573-581. Ferrario, C. , November/December 2002; vol 4: pp 424-432. Fogari, R. , January 2001; vol. 14: pp 27-31. Grimm, R. , January 1997; vol 29: pp 8-14. Llisteri, J. , May 2001; vol. 321: pp 336-341. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Hypertension: Treatment With ACE Inhibitors." PharmacotherapyJournal of Clinical HypertensionAmerican Journal of HypertensionHypertensionAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on March 15, 2017

SOURCES: American Urological Association, "AUA Guideline on the Management of Erectile Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations." Barksdale, J. , May 1999; vol 19: pp 573-581. Ferrario, C. , November/December 2002; vol 4: pp 424-432. Fogari, R. , January 2001; vol. 14: pp 27-31. Grimm, R. , January 1997; vol 29: pp 8-14. Llisteri, J. , May 2001; vol. 321: pp 336-341. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Hypertension: Treatment With ACE Inhibitors." PharmacotherapyJournal of Clinical HypertensionAmerican Journal of HypertensionHypertensionAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on March 15, 2017

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