Sex, Drugs and Your Medicine Cabinet

Many Suddenly Solos believe that decrease in sex drive or performance is just a part of growing older.  To some extent it is, but there are many other factors that can have a profound influence on your desire and abilities in the bedroom.  One of the most controllable of these is the medications we take.

Consider this: nearly one-third of Americans ages 57 to 85 take at least five prescription drugs — people with chronic illnesses may take more than 20. Sixty-eight percent of Americans are also taking over-the-counter medicines or supplements, according to a 2008 article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. So understanding the effects of the drugs we take is important because there may be alternatives to a prescribed (or over the counter) brand that may be just as effective without having a particularly detrimental impact on your sexual enjoyment and desire.

There are several classes of drugs that can lower libido (in both men and women). These include anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, and Valium, anti-depressants such as Celexa, Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, as well as such well-known OTC drugs like anti-histamines such as Benadryl and heartburn meds like Zantac and Pepcid  (almost all all of these mentioned are available as generics.)

Speak to your physician if you notice a change in your sexual interest or response and if ask if any medication you are taking might be a contributing factor.

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