Daily Mail - - Good Health -

MANY peo­ple will be un­aware that their pre­scrip­tion drugs and over-the-counter medicines can af­fect li­bido and sex­ual per­for­mance, says phar­ma­cist Sid Da­jani, of the Royal Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety.

BLOOD PRES­SURE: Most of the drugs used to treat hy­per­ten­sion can af­fect a man’s sex drive by re­duc­ing blood pres­sure. ‘Less blood flows to the gen­i­tals, which could cause erec­tile is­sues,’ says Sid Da­jani.

ACNE: Dianette and co-cyprindiol are hor­mone treat­ments pre­scribed to women with acne. ‘They work by block­ing the re­lease of the hor­mone testos­terone — but that has the side-ef­fect of low­er­ing li­bido,’ he ex­plains. HAIR LOSS: Prope­cia, used to treat male pat­tern bald­ness, con­tains fi­nas­teride, a drug that re­duces the im­pact of testos­terone. ‘If you can imag­ine what a chilli with the heat taken out is like, that’s what a man’s testos­terone will be like af­ter tak­ing this drug. It re­duces the flow of blood to the gen­i­tals, which makes it dif­fi­cult for men to achieve an erec­tion.’

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