Three types of blood-pressure medications — diuretics (or “water pills”), beta-blockers and alpha-blockers — have been found to have the highest incidence of sexual side effects. Some diuretics, for example, not only interfere with blood flow to the sex organs but increase the body’s excretion of zinc, which is needed to produce testosterone. And beta-blockers can sabotage a satisfying sex life at least three ways — by making you feel sedated and depressed, by interfering with nerve impulses associated with arousal and by reducing testosterone levels.
Heart disease has become one of the leading causes of death in America. Millions of people suffer from high cholesterol, which can lead to heart attacks and other serious conditions. Statins are a popular treatment for high cholesterol. However, these highly effective cholesterol treatments have potential side effects. One rare, but serious, side effect is memory loss. If you believe you or someone you love is experiencing memory loss from a statin regimen, consult a physician immediately. Remember, don't stop taking your medications until you talk with a doctor first.