There are many factors that can cause the loss of sexual appetite but few people know that
one of the main reasons is the consumption of certain medications.
It could be thought that the drugs related to the decrease of the libido are uncommon or complex but it is not like that, there are more than one that you surely have in your basic kit.
Here you can see the list of the most commonly related to this evil:
1. Contraceptive pill
The pill can decrease the levels of sex hormones and end up affecting the libido. Although it is not a usual side effect -in fact, the most normal thing is that sexual desire increases-, if you have problems, the best thing is to try other contraceptive methods.
Various antihistamines that can be purchased without a prescription, such as diphenhydramine and chlorpheniramine, can affect sexual performance. In this case, if problems arise, just be careful with the schedules. The effect of most antihistamines does not exceed the day, and side effects, if any, usually do not exceed eight hours. These compounds may also be present in medicines for the cold or cough.
3. Proscar and Propecia (finasteride)
Proscar is the most common medication to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a very common problem among older men. The active substance is finasteride, which lowers testosterone levels and, with it, sexual libido. Finasteride is also used to treat androgenic alopecia but at much lower doses.
4. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
This compound is very common in drugs to treat depression and anxiety and is the main active ingredient of well-known drugs such as Prozac or Zoloft. By taking these drugs increase serotonin levels, and we are in a better mood but, unfortunately, decreases our sexual libido. Between 17 and 41% of patients taking SSRIs have sexual difficulties.
5. Tricyclic antidepressants
With the emergence of SSRIs in the 90s, the use of tricyclic antidepressants – such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Tryptizole, Laroxyl…) – decreased, but they are still prescribed to treat migraines, anxiety and even as an analgesic. The decrease in sexual libido is among its most common side effects.
Antiepileptic drugs, or anticonvulsants, are used to treat epilepsy, as well as the child’s febrile seizure syndrome and, in some cases, bipolar disorder. These are drugs that cushion nerve impulses and, while they can effectively prevent epileptic seizures, they can also reduce pleasurable sensations and orgasm itself.
Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin or Vicodin, may be the most effective in treating pain, but they can also lower testosterone levels and cause a drop in sexual desire.
Beta blockers are the most widely used medications to treat cardiovascular problems. By lowering blood pressure can affect sexual performance.
There are studies that claim that benzodiazepines, the most widely used psychotropic medications to treat anxiety, insomnia and some affective states, affect sexual performance.