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Weak sex drive? The culprit might be in your medicine cabinet…

by , 25 October 2017
Weak sex drive? The culprit might be in your medicine cabinet…
We all know that there are medications (hello, Viagra!) that help treat a weak sex drive. However, some drugs can have the direct opposite effect. That's right - if your libido is lacking, the culprit might be in your medicine cabinet!

If you suspect that your weak sex drive may be related to your medication, you should talk to your doctor rather than just stop taking a potential lifesaver. Read on for four medications that can quash your sex drive…

These four medications are well-known to cause a weak sex drive

#1: Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Just like depression, antidepressants can kill your sex drive. SSRIs, drugs used to improve your mood by increasing your serotonin levels, are the biggest culprits. Examples of such drugs include Prozac and Zoloft. You’d think that boosting your serotonin levels will automatically shake up your sex drive, but this isn’t the case. If possible, consider opting for natural treatments for depression instead of SSRIs – think exercising, eating healthy and getting enough sleep.
 
#2: Opioids 
While opioids provide quick and effective pain relief, they can be a curse in terms of addiction and sex drive. Numerous studies have found that opioids such as Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin can lower testosterone levels, which only spells one thing: A weak sex drive! A study presented at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting showed that men with libido problems as a result of taking opioids may benefit from testosterone therapy, perhaps in the form of a gel.

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#3: Beta blockers
Millions of people around the world use beta blockers like metoprolol and propranolol to protect their hearts, but not necessarily their sex drives. Even some eye drops that contain the beta blocker Timolol – used to treat glaucoma – can wreak havoc on your libido. On the upside, there are many different beta blocks on the market, all of which lower blood pressure in different ways. It’s all about figuring out which one works best for you.
 
#4: Anti-anxiety drugs
Some reports suggest that anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax and Benzodiazepines can contribute to a weak sex drive. But the underlying anxiety could be the real problem – after all, these drugs are used to treat severe anxiety, and in most cases, people with severe anxiety have no to little sexual desire anyway.
 
Would you have ever guessed that these medications could be behind your weak sex drive.

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