High Blood Pressure
Erectile dysfunction drugs and high blood pressure
The link between high blood pressure and sexual problems is proven in men. It is a major cause of erection problems.
A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that about 49% of men ages 40 to 79 with high blood pressure had erectile dysfunction.
— The problem is fairly common.
How High Blood Pressure affects Erections
High blood pressure keeps the arteries that carry blood into the penis from dilating the way they're supposed to.
Over time this damages the lining of blood vessels and causes arteries to harden and narrow (atherosclerosis), limiting blood flow.
This also makes the smooth muscle in the penis lose its ability to relax. As a result, not enough blood flows into the penis to make it erect.
The decreased blood flow makes it difficult to achieve and maintain erections
High blood pressure can also interfere with ejaculation and reduce sexual desire.
How High Blood Pressure Medications can cause ED.
A) Diuretics may cause erectile dysfunction by decreasing the force of blood flow into the penis.
They may also decrease the amount of zinc in the body. Your body needs zinc to make testosterone.
B) Beta-blockers dampen the response to nerve impulses that lead to an erection. They also make it more difficult for the arteries in the penis to widen and let in blood. What's more, they can make you feel sedated and depressed -- and the mind always plays some part in sexual arousal.
ED Medication Solutions and High Blood Pressure
Men considering medications for erectile dysfunction should check with their doctor first.
The following ED drugs are considered safe with high blood pressure medications:
Sildenafil (Revatio, Viagra)
Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)
Tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis)
Trimix, Bimix & Quadmix do not interfere with blood pressure medications.
Also - Men with high blood pressure may also have a low testosterone level.