To go along with recent posts about meds and boners, Drs Oz and Roisen do their February 28th column about it. And, men should thank them. Especially older guys who take heart medications such as statins or hypertensives.
They report a recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology (bless our neighbors to the north) found that heart meds are rarely the cause of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in older men. Their findings are that in men 61 and older occurrence is "virtually the same whether or not guys take a statin, those high blood pressure meds or a placebo."
In fact, they say, some statins can improve erectile functioning. "Harvard researchers say blood pressure drugs -- alpha-blockers, ACE inhibitors, as well as angiotensin-receptor blockers -- rarely cause ED. According to a 2003 study, when participants were told HBP meds had sexual side effects, 33 percent developed them. When participants were NOT told, only 3 percent did!"
The lesson here is that there is no reason to abandon life-saving heart meds in favor of boners.
If you are on meds and experiencing difficulty getting erections, once again, I urge you to talk to your doctor.