Impotence, also known as Erectile Dysfunction, isn’t a subject that most men want to discuss – even with their doctors. Unfortunately, it is very real, and causes very real problems in a person’s personal life, and often, the only thing that a man can do to correct the problem is to seek medical treatment for a diagnosis and to determine the potential cause. If that man smokes marijuana on a regular basis, he may be surprised to find out that this drug is the cause of impotence.
Can Marijuana Really Induce Impotence?
When marijuana causes impotence, it is referred to as drug-induced impotence in the medical community. Marijuana really does induce impotence, but it doesn’t happen to all men who consume marijuana. This occurs due to the chemicals in the marijuana taking over certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
Is There a Solution for Marijuana Induced Impotence?
You might think that you can continue to consume marijuana and take an Erectile Dysfunction drug, such as Viagra or Cialis to remedy the situation, but this isn’t necessarily the case. First, due to the effects of the marijuana, these other medications may not work. Second, your doctor isn’t likely to prescribe these alternatives if he or she knows what is causing your impotence.
The good news, on the other hand, is that if you stop consuming marijuana, the impotence usually goes away on its own. Most experts agree that it usually takes about five days, but it could take longer depending on how long you’ve been using marijuana. This same process can also cause a man to be unable to achieve an orgasm, even if he isn’t experiencing erectile dysfunction.
Is It Marijuana Induced Impotence or Something Else?
It is important to note that marijuana isn’t the only drug that can cause drug-induced impotence. Many other drugs – including legal and illegal drugs – can lead to this problem. In most cases, if the person stops using the drug, the impotence goes away on its own. Even over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies can lead to impotence.
It is also important to understand that there is no way of determining whether you will develop drug-induced impotence. Just because another man did does not mean that you will. Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure whether a drug will cause impotence is with time. Antidepressants, Antihistamines, Diuretics, Hypertension Medication, Chemotherapy, Hormonal Treatments, Pain Relievers, Alcohol, and Street Drugs, such as Marijuana and Heroin, can all lead to impotence.
May 8th, 2010
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