I’m a 37-year-old man diagnosed with high blood pressure a year ago. I take Amocal (amlodipine bp, 5 mg). My problem is that when my wife and I want to have sex, sometimes, not always, my penis does not become erect. Other times it does. I’ve never had this problem before.  I have not discussed it with my doctor.What should I do? Is it psychological or physical? Please advise.


  • Michael Castleman says:

    Mention your problem to your doctor.

    The best source of drug information, Drug Facts and Comparisons, says that amlopidine does not cause erection problems, but on the Internet, I found a few reports that it does. So it’s possible that the drug is causing your problem. You might ask your doctor to switch you to another blood pressure medication—BUT many of them are notorious for causing erectile dysfunction, so be sure to mention that you’re concerned about that and ask for a drug that has as low a risk as amlopidine.

    Meanwhile, drugs are not the only way to treat high blood pressure. Others include: daily meditation, exercise (yoga, walking, swimming, biking), and a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Lifestyle approaches may allow you to reduce the dose of whatever medication you take, and the lower the dose, the less likely you are to experience side effects like erection problems.

    You might also try an erection medication: Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, or yohimbine.

    Let me know what happens with you, okay?

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