Are The Meds You Take Harming Your Erections?
There are a stunning variety of things that can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction (ED). Some are psychological. Others are diet or lifestyle choices.
Others still though, are medicines your doctor may have prescribed to you in order to treat other health conditions you may have. Some of them are pretty well known and understood, but some of the things on this list might surprise you.
Read on, and if you see anything on this list that you’re currently taking, consult your doctor to see if there might be an alternative that might accomplish the same goal, but without the ED-related side-effects.
Blood Pressure Medications
This is the big one. If you have high blood pressure, which is quite common among people with CAD (Coronary Artery Disease), then you’re almost certainly on some kind of blood pressure medication.
The problem with these medications is that they work perhaps a bit too well. As your blood pressure drops, it becomes correspondingly more difficult to get and maintain an erection.
If you had ED before you started taking blood pressure meds, they will almost certainly make matters worse. If you didn’t have ED before, they can often cause the condition to develop. Fortunately there are (a few) alternatives you may be able to try.
There are more than a dozen antidepressants that can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. This can be a tricky issue to resolve, because depression itself can cause the condition, and the drugs they give you for it can make it worse.
Talk to your doctor. There may be an alternative you can try, but the best bet would be to find a way to treat your depression that doesn’t call for a prescription.
Of course, this is not always possible. In any case, don’t just stop taking your medication. Always seek the advice of a medical professional.
Allergies are no fun. They can make life pure misery. Of course, an inability to have sex can also make your life pretty miserable, so again, this one is something of a two-edged sword.
Fortunately, there are lots of pretty effective ways to mitigate, or even eliminate allergy symptoms, so this may be something you can cure naturally and slowly wean yourself off of your allergy medicine.
Honey, from a local source near where you live, for instance, is a great way boost allergy immunity. Note that honey does carry some health risks for young children, so again, this is not a decision you want to make on your own and without a consultation from your doctor.
Non-Steroidal, Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Pain killers like Naproxen and Indocin can often make ED worse. These drugs will seldom actually cause the condition, but if you’ve already got it, you’ll notice a big difference when taking them.
Note that muscle relaxants like Flexeril and Norflex are also big contributors, but in these cases, they can actually cause erectile dysfunction in some men.
If you take a drug called Disopyramide (also known as Norpace), it could make your ED worse, and can, in some cases, cause it.
Histamine H2 Receptor Antagonists
These are medicines like Tagamet, Axid, and Zantac. If you take any of these for stomach or digestive issues, they could worsen your ED. These medications will seldom actually cause the condition, however.
Medications For the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Almost all of the major medications currently in use to treat Parkinson’s Disease, including Biperiden, Benztropine, Trihexyphenidyl, Procyclidine, Bromocriptine, Levodopa, and their generic equivalents can frequently cause erectile dysfunction.
There are few alternatives here, so in these cases, you may be forced to take ED medications to help offset the effects of these drugs on your sexual performance but again, always check with your doctor before making any decisions about that.
The pace of advancement in the medical industry is blinding, and there may be some new or emerging treatment options available.
Prostate Cancer Medications
If you take Flutamide, Eulexin, Leuprolide, or Lupron, you’re probably going to notice problems with your sexual performance. If you had ED before taking these, it will almost certainly worsen the condition.
Note that this is also true of chemotherapy drugs like Busulfan, Myleran, Cyclophosphamide, and Cytoxan. These drugs are absolutely critical to your health, however, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have many options here, save for seeing if your doctor can recommend an ED medication in addition to these.
As you can see, the sad reality is that there are numerous drugs for serious medical conditions that either contribute to the worsening of ED, or that can cause it outright.
The good news is that there are, at least in many cases, alternatives your doctor can prescribe. In cases like these though, never make any changes to your prescriptions without first consulting with your doctor.
Is Your Diet Helping (Or Harming) Your Erections?
Erectile Dysfunction can be devastating to men, and unfortunately, millions of men suffer from the condition.
If you go to the doctor to talk about the issue, you’re likely to get put on one or more of the popular medications used to treat the condition.
While they can be effective (temporarily), these medications come with a raft of side effects, some of which are decidedly unpleasant. Even worse, these medications aren’t really a cure, they’re more like a temporary workaround.
Worst of all, they tend to be really expensive. Month after month, you’re having to pay to work around your condition. That’s what the Big Pharmaceutical companies want.
Why would they want to cure you when they can rope you into buying their overpriced pills month after month? That’s pure profit for them.
They’re no more interested in actually providing a cure for your condition than your dog is. If pills aren’t the answer then, what is?
At the root, Erectile Dysfunction is a circulatory issue. The quality of your erections is directly tied to your circulation.
The more and better your blood flow, the better your erections will be.
Fortunately, there are a number of natural ways you can increase your circulation overall, which has the happy side effect of improving your erections. We’ll cover some of the biggest ones just below:
Fruits & Grains
Not just any grains will do. Specifically, if you want to increase blood flow, then you want to eat more whole grains. Fruits, too.
They’re loaded with natural sugars, vitamins and anti-oxidants, all of which will help you (and not just with your ED). In fact, given the above, one of the best things you can do to improve your overall level of health and help your ED naturally is to adopt the Mediterranean Diet.
Increase those Nitrates!
Also, any food that is loaded with nitrates is good for your circulation, and by extension, good for your penis, or more specifically, the quality and firmness of your erections.
Here, we’re talking about leafy greens and beets. If you can stomach it, beet juice has an insanely high concentration of nitrates, but to say that it is an acquired taste is an understatement.
Still, if you’re looking for a fast way to get a mega dose of nitrates, hold your nose and drink a glass.
Increasing the amount of nitrates in your body like this is essentially the same strategies that doctors are employing when they put you on those expensive ED pills.
That’s essentially what they do. Increase your nitrates to increase your blood flow.
Are you a chocaholic? If so, you’re in luck! Dark chocolate is filled with flavonoids, and flavonoids, like nitrates, help to improve your circulation.
It’s the same basic principle as those leafy greens, but a whole lot better tasting. So buy a bar of dark chocolate and enjoy!
A recent study showed that eating pistachio nuts every day led to a significant increase in sexual performance after just three weeks.
In addition to lessening the effects of ED, it also had the benefit of increasing overall sexual satisfaction.
What causes this almost magical effect? It all comes down to a protein called arginine, which, like the other things we’ve mentioned so far, help to relax blood vessels.
For centuries, oysters have had the reputation as being an aphrodisiac. It isn’t, but part of that reputation stems from the fact that oysters are packed with just incredible amounts of zinc.
You may not have realized this, but zinc plays a pivotal role in the production of testosterone in men. That matters because one of the causes of ED is low testosterone. Eating oysters (or shellfish in general) is a great way to help solve your low-T problem, which in turn, will reduce your ED symptoms.
While there are a number of tasty treats that are packed with antioxidants, few pack as big of a punch as watermelon. If you don’t like watermelon, give blueberries a try.
Both are great sources of antioxidants, and both will help mitigate your ED symptoms.
Tomatoes (and Pink Grapefruit)
Both of these foods are loaded with lycopene, which does good things for people who suffer with ED.
Lycopene, when mixed with oily foods such as avocados or olive oil can help in the same way that watermelon and blueberries do – in this case, it’s all about the antioxidants!
In addition to adding certain things to your diet, you’ll do a lot to help yourself by taking certain things OUT of your diet.
Specifically, if you smoke, consider stopping. The nicotine in cigarettes is known to constrict your blood vessels, which reduces blood flow. Those smokes are literally working against your sexual performance.
Alcohol is another thing to seriously consider reducing your intake of. While a little bit of alcohol can increase your sexual desire, it’s essentially a poison, and can actually decrease your sexual performance.
If you’re serious about minimizing the effects of ED, get it out of your diet.