Men with low Libido is often blamed for having low-T. As men get older, some of them may experience not interested in sex from time to time due to stress, emotional problems, chronic disease, and sexual problems (erection problem, enlarged of the prostate, and low testosterone).
When men hit in their 40’s, many of them are taking medications for their ailments. And that’s the reason why some men are experiencing loss of interest in sex or loss of libido as a side effect of the drug.
Indeed, certain medications can interfere not only your sex drive, but also can cause poor erection quality. So if you are taking medications for your high blood, high cholesterol, allergy, ulcer, prostate, and depression, and have noticed a drop in your libido. It is highly advisable to talk with your doctor about the alternative medications that has no symptoms of lowering your sex drive.
Many of the Drugs on the list below are used for conditions that are known to decrease your sex drive.
Antihistamines are over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that are used to treat symptoms of allergies. Unfortunately, anti-allergy medicines may affect your sex drive. Many men who have taken antihistamines have reportedly dropped their libido significantly.
This drug can affect some part of your nervous system, which is connected with sexual arousal and orgasm. As reported by the Cleveland clinic, antihistamines not only can decrease your libido, but also can cause ED and ejaculation problems.
Examples of antihistamines that are known to lower your sex drive are:
- Brompheniramine (Dimetane)
- Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)
- Cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Fexofenadine (Allegra)
- Hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril)
- Meclizine (Antivert)
- Loratadine (Alavert, Claritin)
So if you are taking antihistamine to alleviate your allergy symptoms and have noticed lose interest in sex, talk with your natural health practitioner for an alternative remedy to combat your allergy.
Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs)
If you have been taking anti-seizure medications from your Epilepsy and have no sex drive at all, your epileptic drugs can be the culprit. Studies have been found in men who have taken AEDs have diminished libido, erectile dysfunction, lack of sexual satisfaction, difficulties reaching orgasm, and sperm abnormalities.
Other side effects of anti-seizure drugs include: tiredness, sleep disturbance, feeling tense or depressed, which can affect interest in sex.
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) is commonly used to prevent seizures, which it does by preventing impulses from traveling along nerve cells. Because it dampens nerve impulses, it may also reduce pleasurable sensations derived from sexual contact. Reduced sexual desire is common among Tegretol users. One study found, for instance, that epileptic men taking carbamazepine had changes in hormonal levels, altered semen quality, increased erectile dysfunction, and reduced frequency of sexual intercourse.6
How might epilepsy affect sex?
Medical and physical factors
Studies suggest that over half of men with epilepsy, and a third of women with epilepsy, say they have problems with sex. The most commonly reported problems for men are a reduced interest in sex, and getting and keeping an erection. Women with epilepsy report a low interest in sex, difficulties in being able to orgasm, or painful sex due to vaginal dryness or vaginal spasms.
These problems can all have more than one cause, but physical causes may include the following:
- Areas of the brain which control sexual function can be disrupted by epilepsy. For example, for some men with temporal lobe epilepsy, it may be more difficult to get and keep an erection.
- Certain hormones are needed to increase sexual desire and arousal. In some cases, epilepsy can affect these hormone levels.
- Some anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) can reduce hormone levels, or affect the way that hormones are broken down in the body.
- Side effects of some AEDs include reduced interest in sex, or problems with getting aroused. Other side effects include tiredness, disrupted sleep, or feeling tense or depressed, which can affect interest in sex.
If you notice a problem with sex before you start taking medication, the problem may be linked to having epilepsy and how you feel about it, or to something unrelated to epilepsy, rather than to your medication.
Tens of millions of Americans take beta blockers to lower their blood pressure, and these medications, too, may decrease libido. Even eye drops containing the beta blocker Timolol (for the treatment of glaucoma) may impact your sex drive. In the vast majority of cases, drugs are not needed to reverse hypertension.
- Do I need Antihistamines for Allergies: Side Effects of Antihistamine
- Has anyone noticed a connection between libido and antihistamines / allergy medicine?
- Epilepsy Society: Relationship and Sex
- Epilepsy Foundation: Sex drive and seizure medications
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