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Lotensin sexual side effects are rare, occurring in less than 1 percent of people taking the drug. The two main sexual side effects that may occur in some people who take Lotensin are a decreased sex drive and impotence. If you experience Lotensin sexual side effects, your doctor may recommend taking an erectile dysfunction medicine, adjusting your Lotensin dosage, or trying another high blood pressure medication.

Lotensin Sexual Side Effects: An Overview

Lotensin® (benazepril hydrochloride) is an ACE inhibitor that is used to treat high blood pressure. As with all medicines, Lotensin has some possible side effects. Some of these side effects can affect a person's sexual well-being. In the case of Lotensin, sexual side effects that have been reported include:
  • Decreased sex drive (libido).
  • Impotence. Impotence 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 (ED for short).
In clinical studies documenting Lotensin side effects, a decreased sex drive or impotence were reported in less than 1 percent of people taking the drug. 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 because of the medication, other factors, or a combination of both.

Lotensin Sexual Side Effects: Suggestions

It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will develop any sexual side effects while taking Lotensin. Also, if a person does develop sexual side effects, it is difficult to know whether these problems are caused by another condition or Lotensin itself.
However, if you develop sexual side effects while taking Lotensin, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend, such as an erectile dysfunction medicine. Depending on how severe your Lotensin sexual side effects are, your healthcare provider may also recommend that you adjust your Lotensin dosage or try another high blood pressure medicine.
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