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Side effects may occur with the use of Coreg. Impotence and libido effects are problems that have been reported only rarely, however. Since decreased sex drive and impotence are common conditions within the general population, it is difficult to determine whether these side effects are actually caused by the medication or by other factors. If you are taking Coreg and impotence and libido effects occur, your healthcare provider can recommend treatment options.

Coreg and Impotence and Libido Effects: An Overview

Coreg® (carvedilol) is a beta blocker that is used to treat several conditions, including high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. As with all medicines, Coreg side effects are possible. Some of these side effects can affect a person's sexual well-being. In the case of Coreg, sexual side effects that have been reported include:
  • Decreased sex drive (libido).
  • Impotence, which is usually defined as a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Ultimately, impotence is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Impotence is also known as erectile dysfunction (or ED for short).
In clinical studies documenting side effects of Coreg, a decreased sex drive was reported in less than 1 percent of people taking the drug. Impotence was reported in between 1 and 3 percent of people taking Coreg (the exact percentage was not provided). Given how uncommonly these conditions were reported and how common they are within the general population, it is difficult to tell whether these side effects are actually caused by the medication, other factors, or a combination of both.
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