Do you have low libido? Here are 5 drugs that lower sex drive

Yes, there are numerous medications that can dampen your sex life…

I am sure you have heard about drugs that can boost your libido (hello, Viagra!), what you have probably not heard of is drugs that can actually quash your libido. If you notice that your sex drive and libido have gone down then perhaps the culprit is somewhere in your medicine cabinet. If you highly suspect that your lack of sex drive might be the result of medication you are taking, talk to your doctor (don’t make the mistake of discontinuing use of a drug that is essential without medical advice.

SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors)

Numerous studies have unequivocally proven that depression is a libido killer, what most men don’t know is that some of the antidepressants prescribed also impact a man’s sex life negatively. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors such as Zoloft and Prozac which work by raising Serotonin levels so as to improve mood, unfortunately the side effect is that libido is lowered in the process. According to Dr Irwin Goldstein MD who is the Director of Sexual Medicine at the renowned Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, most men who take these antidepressants end up quitting because they fear losing their sex drive.

Good News! You have viable options such as Viibryd and Wellbutrin are tow SSRIs that do not lower your libido. A recent study suggests that men on antidepressants need to maintain a regular exercise regimen that consists heavily of cardio and strength training will help keep libido levels high.

Tricyclic antidepressants

Since SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) were invented in the early 1990s, Tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil are no longer used often. There are still some doctors that prefer prescribing them to treat depression over SSRIs. Tricyclic is also prescribed for nerve pain that is affiliated with shingles. This too can lower libido significantly. If you notice that this medication is affecting your libido negatively, talk to your doctor. They will most probably lower the dose so that it is not too much to affect your sex drive but still gets the job done.


This is currently the number ONE drug for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia which is widely referred to as an enlarged prostrate. This is an issue that most men will deal with as they age. The main active ingredient in Proscar is Finasteride which has been shown to prevent the conversion of Testosterone into its active form. This means that although your body produces testosterone normally, it is not converted to an active form, this translates to low libido.

A good alternative for Proscar that will not kill your libido is a treatment regimen known as BPH (transurethral resection of the prostate). This is a popular one-hour operation that simply entails slipping a tube up the urethra so that a portion of the enlarged prostrate is removed. This will eliminate the need for medication.


Popular over-the-counter antihistamines such as Chlor-Trimeton and Benadryl will help to alleviate allergies; however, it will also affect your love life temporarily. The solution here is pretty simple; all you have to do is time when to take the medication. This is because most of these drugs barely last for a day in your system (24 hours) and neither do their side effects.

For younger and healthy users antihistamines and their side effects will be cleared in 8 hours. It is also important to remember that antihistamines are also present in most combination cold-and-cough medications so read the labels carefully before taking any drug even when prescribed by a doctor.

Medical marijuana

Marijuana for recreational as well as medicinal use is approved in most states in the US. Regardless of how you use it (recreational or medicinal); marijuana can impact your sexual performance negatively. It does not only kill your libido but also reduces your ability to perform sexually. If you are using marijuana recreationally and you notoce sexual problems then discontinue use. On the other hand, if you are using pot medicinally and you are not willing to sacrifice sexual performance then perhaps you need to talk to your doctor about an feasible alternative.


All medical drugs although helpful can have negative side effects. These 5 drugs will kill your libido and also reduce your ability to perform in the sack. If you want to continue enjoying a great sex life, talk to your doctor about alternatives.