Certain medications affect sexual function and drive. The sexual response cycle goes through four key phases. Your sexual response cycle goes through excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution. Lack of sexual function or libido can be caused by both physical and emotional factors. Certain medications have side effects that also hinder your sexual function. At OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch, we are passionate about helping women in every stage of their life. Whether it’s family planning or how to get your regular sex life back, we are here to provide you with answers. What does a common drug like Benadryl have to do with enjoying sex? If you are taking an over-the-counter or prescription drug or herbal supplement and notice changes in your sexual desire or your body during sex, there may be a connection. Certain medications can interfere with sexual desire, the ability to experience orgasm, and the intensity of orgasms. For example, you may not think that antihistamines such as Benadryl, which are often taken for allergies or colds, could have an effect. But in addition to drying out secretions in the nose, antihistamines can also cause vaginal dryness. I found that while I still experienced desire, it has become really difficult to have an orgasm. In the old days, I felt a slow buildup that ended with intense, sudden contractions; now I most often feel a wave of excitement that ebbs and flows but never quite peaks in the same way. – Prozac user Medications for long-term chronic illnesses and disabilities can also alter sexual functioning.
Hi HJCarter, I wanted to let you know I take Metoprolol and I haven't seen my libido being affected by this drug. Hope you get more answers, Liz. View detailed reports from patients taking metoprolol succinate who experienced loss of libido. Reports are from official medical reports as well as online.