While medications are extremely useful in treating various diseases and conditions, sometimes they can cause unwanted side effects—one of which can be sexual dysfunction. Talk to your doctor if you’re taking any of these common medications that affect sex drive.
Birth control medications are a form of contraception. They contain either a combination of estrogen and progestin or progestin alone. There are several forms of these hormones, but most combination products contain estrogen, ethinyl estradiol, and a progestin. They work by preventing ovulation and inhibiting fertilization and implantation.
Mental health drugs treat conditions that affect emotional, psychological and social well-being. Doctors frequently use mental health drugs in combination with various forms of therapy to help people manage these conditions.
Arthritis medications and muscle relaxers treat problems with the musculoskeletal system. These include injuries and conditions affecting the joints, muscles, and other soft tissues that help the body flex and move.
Doctors use allergy and respiratory medications to treat diseases, disorders and conditions of the lungs and upper respiratory tract. These include seasonal allergies, asthma, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).