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Although some men taking statins to lower cholesterol or antihypertensive drugs to lower blood pressure may believe the drugs increase the potential for developing erectile dysfunction, a recent Canadian study has found that to be unlikely. Findings of the nearly six-year study showed no association between the drugs and the development of erectile dysfunction.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Heart Patients’ Meds Not Responsible for Impotence

Some patients worry that the drugs they’re taking to lower cholesterol or blood pressure might increase the possibility of developing erectile dysfunction. However, a new Canadian study suggests that’s not likely.

The study involved about 2,000 men who were taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a blood pressure-lowering medication, or both. The statin the men took was Crestor (rosuvastatin), and the blood pressure drug was a combination of candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide, sold in the United States as Atacand/HCT. Comparison groups took placebos.

The nearly six-year study found no link between the drugs and the development of erectile dysfunction. One physician who reviewed the findings said there’s a valuable lesson here for physicians and patients. Benjamin Hirsh, MD, director of preventive cardiology at Northwell Health’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital in Manhasset, New York, notes that nearly 58% of male heart patients in the study had previously complained of impotence prior to the start of the drug trial.

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