Metoprolol Sexual Side Effects
What Does the Research Say About Beta Blockers and Impotence?
Impotence is usually defined as a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Ultimately, impotence is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Impotence is also known as erectile dysfunction (or ED for short).
There was an interesting study that was conducted on whether being aware that impotence was a possible side effect would actually cause the sexual problem. What these researchers found was that people who knew that impotence was a side effect of beta blockers were more likely to develop the problem. Their conclusion was that "the knowledge and prejudice about side effects of beta blockers can produce anxiety that may cause erectile dysfunction."
Metoprolol, Sexual Side Effects, and Suggestions
It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know beforehand whether you will develop any sexual side effects while taking metoprolol. Also, if a person does develop sexual side effects, such as impotence or a decrease in libido, it is difficult to know whether these problems are caused by another condition or metoprolol itself.
However, if you develop any sexual side effects while taking metoprolol, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend, such as an erectile dysfunction medication. Depending on how severe your sexual side effects are, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your metoprolol dosage or try another angina or high blood pressure medicine.