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Prescription Meds & OTC Drugs That Can Ruin Your Libido

Meds & OTC Drugs

If you’ve noticed a sudden demand in your sex drive, and you;re wondering what went wrong, then perhaps you need to check out the medications that you’re taking. According to health experts, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of people around the world experience a low sex drive, or low libido for several months. The reasons vary, from stress and emotional problems to the use of certain medications. Here’s a look at the prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications that can ruin your libido.




If you have a headache or cold (but you still plan to have sex with your wife or favorite Sydneys escort), then don’t take that Benadryl yet. Antihistamines and other anti-allergy medications have been linked to a temporary loss of libido.

The popular antihistamine brands include Chlor-Trimeton, Benadryl and others.But once these drugs are cleared from your body, your sex drive should once again go back to normal. But if you frequently use these, they could pose serious long-term effects on our sex drive.


Birth Control Pills Can Lower A Woman’s Appetite for Sex


One of the medications that are known to reduce a woman’s sex drive includes birth control pills. A recent health studynotes that 15 % of women who take oral contraceptives report a sharp reduction in libido. This is because the level of a libido-killing hormone called SHBG, or Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, is high in ladies who take oral contraceptives.

And even if the woman has already stopped taking the birth control pill, the SHBG levels are still likely to remain 3 to 4 times higher, as compared to women who do not use oral contraceptives. Women who take oral contraceptives for longer periods could also fall prey to long-term metabolic and mental health problems.


Baldness Drugs


Men who suffer from baldness are also likely to have reduced sex drives, especially if they take medications like Propecia, Proscar and other baldness drugs. For example, Propecia works by reducing the levels of DHT, which is the most potent male hormone related to hair loss. What’s frightening is that Propecia not only kills your libido, but als has the potential to induce full-blown impotence.


Anti-Seizure Medicines


Drugs that are used to treat seizures (such as Tegretol) have also been noted to have a damaging effect on the person’s sex drive. It’s because anti-seizure medicines prevent impulses from traveling along nerve cells. As a result the drugs reduce nerve impulses, as well as reduce the pleasurable sensations that are derived from sexual contact.

One study has noted that men who suffered from epileptic seizures exhibited changes in hormonal levels, altered semen quality and reduced frequency of sexual intercourse, after taking medications like Carbamazepine (Tegretol).


SSRI Antidepressants


Another set of antidepressants has been noted to be among the major culprits for the increasing number of people suffering from ow libido – SSRI’s. For those taking SSRI’s like Zoloft, Prozac and others, sexual dysfunction is one of the most frequent sexual side effects.

SSRI’s are known to decrease dopamine levels, and increase cortico-limbic 5-HT, which results in a considerably reduced sex drive, ejaculation and orgasm. This is one of the main reasons why many patients (especially men) opt to discontniue SSRI treatments.

Most health experts agree that low libido is related to many factors, and among these include stress, emotional problems and the use of certain medications. If you’re taking any of these drugs, talk to your health care provider about the natural, or drug-free alternatives, so that you and your wife’s (or your lovely Sydneys escort) bedrom trysts won’t be severely disrupted.

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