Who doesn’t suffer from low libido from time to time?  With our busy schedules, and dealing with family, children, business/work, extracurricular activities, workouts, shopping and what-else-have-you, it’s not hard to imagine that your romantic life is going to suffer a bit on occasion.  In fact, statistically it is shown that 30 to 40% of people around the world suffer from a loss of interest in sex for at least several months per calendar year – for a wide variety of causes/reasons.

However, outside of the aforementioned lifestyle-induced reasons for low libido, there are some specific prescription medications that are known to reduce/lower libido.  The following list, as summarized by Dr. Mercola, one of the nation’s leading health/wellness websites, lists eleven (11) medications that have been indicated to reduce/lower libido.

So are you suffering from a low libido?  Is your spouse or significant other?  If so, see if any of the following medications are in your medicine cabinet.  If  so, consult with your doctor about any alternative (non-prescription) options available to you for that condition.

» 11 Prescription medications that can LOWER your libido

  1.  SSRIs/Antidepressants » Antidepressants, including the SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) such as Prozac and Zoloft can cause sexual dysfunction and as a result lower libido levels
  2. Tricyclic Antidepressants » Tricyclic antidepressants are also associated with decreased libido.
  3. Birth Control Pills » Roughly 15 percent of women taking oral contraceptives report a decrease in libido, likely because they lower levels of sex hormones, including testosterone.
  4. Proscar » Proscar is used to treat an enlarged prostate, which lowers testosterone levels.
  5. Propecia » Propecia is a drug used to prevent hair loss in men, and works by reducing DHT (testosterone).   It has been linked to not only a reduced libido but also to full-blown impotence.
  6. Antihistamines » Antihistamines, particularly the ever-popular Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton, are also linked to a temporary loss of libido, due to the side effects of drowsiness caused by the meds.
  7. Medical Marijuana » Medical marijuana may also lower libido and reduce sexual performance in men.
  8. Anti-Seizure Drugs » Carbamazepine (Tegretol) has been shown to reduce sexual desire due to the medication’s effect on the central nervous system.
  9. Opioids » Painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, etc. all lower testosterone levels, which in turn can also lower one’s libido.
  10. Beta Blockers » Many Americans take beta blockers to reduce hypertension, which can also lower libido.
  11. Benzodiazepines » Anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax can affect sexual performance, and sexual desire as well.

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