Sexual Health Q&A

What types of drugs have general sexual side effects?

Sexual problems, such as decreased libido, orgasm difficulties, erectile dysfunction in men, and vaginal dryness in women, are common side effects of certain medications. The following list, while not exhaustive, gives the most common types of drugs known to have sexual side effects.

• Anti-anxiety drugs
• Antiepileptic drugs
• Antidepressants
• Antihistamines
• Antipsychotics
• Benzodiazepines
• Blood pressure medications, including diuretics (water pills)
• Chemotherapy drugs
• Estrogen-containing drugs
• Finasteride
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
• Opioids
• Oral contraceptives
• Parkinson’s disease medications
• Prostate cancer medications

Alcohol and recreational drugs (such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, nicotine, and methadone) can also have sexual side effects.

If you suspect that your medication is causing sexual problems, see your doctor. There might be other options that have fewer sexual side effects or none at all.

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