Hypertension & Heart Conditions: Are there alternative medications that do not cause ED?
There are many medications that cause ED. Some of the ones used for common conditions include diuretics (hydrochlorthiazide, furosemide, spironolactone) and beta blockers used to treat hypertension and other cardiac conditions.
Sometimes these drugs are needed specifically for specific reasons.
However there are times when there are equally suitable alternatives that can be used.
- Calcium channel blockers (amlodipine, nifedipine, etc.)
- ACE inhibitors (lisinopril, benazapril, etc.)
- ARBs (losartan, candesartan, etc.). ARBs might actually be beneficial for ED besides treating hypertension.
The diuretic spironolactone acts as an antiandrogen (blocks testosterone) and is used to treat hypertension, heart failure, and other conditions. It has a close cousin called eplerenone, which can often be substituted and does not cause those effects.
This information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.