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Counteracting meds that cause impotence



Two questions, please. If taking a medication like Inderal causes impotence, would taking one of the ED medications, like Levitra or others, correct the problem?

And if someone who was already prone to impotence takes a medication that causes impotence, would the ED medication just cancel out the first one, and not help the impotence at all? Thanks


Usually, the PDE5i like Levitra should overcome or "cancel" out the effect of the offending drug, like Inderal. Occasionally, Levitra or similar drugs may not overcome the side effect of erectile dysfunction. In those cases, it is recommended that you speak to your physician and try to change the offending agent, like Inderal, to something less offensive. There are other similar drugs to Inderal which be less of a problem with erections.

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Allen D Seftel, MD Allen D Seftel, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University