Medication isn't the usual suspect for erectile dysfunction (ED). The condition is most often caused by factors such as age and systemic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, according to S. Adam Ramin, M.D., a urologist and the medical director of Urology Cancer Specialists in Los Angeles.

However, certain medications can exacerbate or even cause new-onset erectile dysfunction. Given that, you should know basic details about which drugs can cause ED––and what you can do to minimize the impact of the medication.

Blood pressure meds

Blood pressure medications are linked to erectile dysfunction because a majority operate by lowering blood pressure and, thus, decreasing the flow of blood to the penis, said Brian Norouzi, M.D., a urologist with Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Orange County, California. "Beta blockers can be particularly offensive, as