Men Concerned About Sexual Dysfunction Should Not Stop Blood Pressure Treatment Abruptly
About half of people prescribed high blood pressure medications do not take them. Among men, a common reason is concern that high blood pressure medications cause sexual dysfunction. While it is true that some older blood pressure medications (diuretics and beta-blockers) have been associated with sexual dysfunction in men, stopping high blood medications without medical consultation is not ideal. Researchers recently showed that controlling high blood pressure can reduce the negative effect of high blood pressure on sexual function in men.
Instead of abruptly stopping treatment, it may be possible to change to another medication that is less likely to cause sexual dysfunction. The scientists cautioned that changing treatment does not guarantee the sexual problem will go away because the underlying problem may be damage to penile blood flow from longstanding high blood pressure. This again points to the benefits of early treatment of high blood pressure in men.
Untreated high blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke and heart disease.