Medications that Affect Sexual Performance & Desire

Discussion of the different types of medications that can affect both adversely and beneficially, the sexual prowess and appetite of a male patient. Several classes and brands of prescription drugs are considered in the course of the article.

All medications have the potential to affect the body in some manner, both positively and negatively in equal manner and often times, both together! It is important to appreciate that there any different types of medications that adversely affect sexual performance, meaning that the person taking such medication should be given the opportunity to consider alternative methods of treatment.

Viagra is one of the most commonly known and prescribed medications utilised to combat loss of libido and erectile dysfunction, and the reason for this is due to the fact that it has proven itself especially effective in remedying the pathology in a short space of time.

Viagra achieves such dramatic results in a short space of time by ensuring that the cyclic guanosine monophosphate levels which are contained within the tissue of the penis, or to use the jargon terminology, the “corpus cavernosum” are protected from the inhibiting effects that the cGMP-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 enzyme has upon them.

This in turn helps to ensure that there is a significantly increased degree of blood flow and circulation within the penile tissue chamber, thereby permitting the erection process to achieve in a short space of time.

Studies have identified that tobacco has an extremely prejudicial effect upon the erection process, both on the quality and duration of the erection achieved and sustained by the male. Initially, it was believed that the incidence of erectile dysfunction within male smokers of all ages (which happened to be extraordinarily higher than the non-smoker group) was due to the carcinogenic agents within the cigarettes.

However, tobacco has been specifically identified as the primary culprit for this effect.

More generally however, medications that seek to improve sexual performance and/or the sexual appetite and drive of a person will be typically achieved in one of three different ways.

  • The medication will actively bolster the production and secretion of dopamine within the brain, for further distribution and circulation around the body.
  • The medication will actively seek to suppress the production and secretion of the hormone known as “serotonin”. Serotonin is primarily located and produced within, the gastrointestinal tract of the body, and is responsible for feelings of contentment, well-being and euphoria within the body.
  • However, serotonin also acts as a potent vasoconstrictor agent which means that it will reduce and inhibit the degree of blood flow which is circulated around the body. This in turn serves to impair the mechanical efficiency of the erection process.

The libido a male has, and their ability to ejaculate is governed by the production and release of alpha receptors which are situated within the prostate gland. Medications which interfere with this process will affect both stages of the process include the likes of Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI) style of antidepressants, as well as tricyclic antidepressants. Omeprazole, itself a medication utilised in the treatment of acid reflux and other gastric disturbances, has been identified as causing impotence within certain categories of male patients.

Reading this article may have convinced you that abstaining from, or at the very least, eliminating such medications from your life is the best solution to your problems. However, this is a decision which should always be discussed with your physician who maybe able to identify and recommend additional solutions or therapies to supplement and replace the medication.