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How can beta-blockers cause erectile dysfunction?

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Beta-blockers dampen the response to nerve impulses that lead to an erection. They also make it more difficult for the arteries in the penis to widen and let in blood. What's more, they can make you feel sedated and depressed -- and the mind always plays some part in sexual arousal.

SOURCES: Barksdale, J. , May 1999; vol 19: pp 573-581. Burchardt, M. , October 2000; vol 164: pp 1188-1191. Ferrario, C. , November/December 2002; vol 4: pp 424-432. 


PharmacotherapyJournal of UrologyJournal of Clinical Hypertension

Miller, T. , January 2000; vol 61: pp 95-104, 109-110. American Family Physician

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 08, 2017

SOURCES: Barksdale, J. , May 1999; vol 19: pp 573-581. Burchardt, M. , October 2000; vol 164: pp 1188-1191. Ferrario, C. , November/December 2002; vol 4: pp 424-432. 


PharmacotherapyJournal of UrologyJournal of Clinical Hypertension

Miller, T. , January 2000; vol 61: pp 95-104, 109-110. American Family Physician

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 08, 2017

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