Q: I have taken statins to lower my cholesterol. Decreased libido was one of the many side effects I experienced. As things happened gradually, I hadn't fully taken note of how my normal nighttime erections had virtually ceased.
I figured my lack of sexual interest was due to getting older. My wife felt I wasn't as interested in her anymore.
During the first week after I stopped the statin, I had a sexual awakening like I was a teenager again. I didn't realize how far I had deteriorated until my libido came roaring back. Any comment?
A: We have heard from other readers that statins (Crestor, Lipitor, lovastatin, simvastatin, etc.) may sometimes contribute to sexual difficulties, and research confirms this (Drug Safety, July 2009).