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9 Drugs That Can Affect Your Sex Drive

Sexual Dysfunction and Medication

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. Sexual dysfunction due to medication can result in desire disorder, or a lack of desire or interest in sex; arousal disorder, or the inability to become or stay aroused during sexual activity; and orgasm disorders, the delay or absence of orgasm.

Fortunately, by working with your physician, you can alleviate these problems while continuing to treat your primary condition. Talk to your doctor if you’re taking any of these common medications that affect sex drive.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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