My husband takes HCTZ and Monopril for his hypertension, and Vytorin to lower his cholesterol. Since starting the drugs, he's had trouble with impotence. He refuses to see a urologist but takes an herb called horny goat weed instead.
What effect could this herb have on his other medications?
Clinical data to support the effectiveness of horny goat weed (Epimedium) for erectile dysfunction or low libido are limited. What's more, products being sold as horny goat weed vary tremendously. They don't all contain the same ingredients.
This herb might interact with blood pressure medicines. Side effects could include dizziness from low blood pressure, nausea, dry mouth or respiratory difficulties.
Some of your husband's medications could be contributing to his sexual dysfunction.
We urge your husband to discuss this issue with his doctor, who might prescribe medication that does not interfere with your love life.