According to the survey, 42% of men aged between 40 and 70 years have ED (erectile dysfunction), which is generally caused by mental and organic causes, and can also be caused by multiple drugs.
The director of urology at the hospital told reporters that in recent years, there has been a significant increase in drug induced ED, which cannot be ignored.
According to reports, the inhibitory effect of methyldopa, an antihypertensive drug that acts on the central nervous system, on sexual function is proportional to the dosage of the drug. If the daily dose is less than 1 gram, 10% to 15% of male patients have ED, and if the daily dose is 1 to 1.5 grams, 20% to 25% of patients have sexual dysfunction. If the daily dose is greater than or equal to 2 grams, 50% of patients can have significant sexual dysfunction. The daily oral dose of hydralazine, an antihypertensive drug that acts on vascular smooth muscle, is greater than 200 mg, with 5% to 10% of patients experiencing ED.
If the patient really needs to take the above drugs, it is necessary to weigh the advantages and disadvantages, and also need to master the time and dosage of the drug to avoid the impact of the drug on sexual function as much as possible. Once ED symptoms occur, it is necessary to stop the drug in a timely manner or switch to other drugs for treatment. Generally speaking, EDs caused by drugs can gradually return to normal within 3-6 months after drug withdrawal.