Does Vicodin Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

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  • Vicodin is a form of medication used primarily for treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is formulated from a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Acetaminophen is commonly found in over-the-counter medications for aches and pains. Hydrocodone is a stronger narcotic that contains opiates, can be habit-forming and must be prescribed by a doctor.

Side Effects

  • Some of the less serious side effects associated with taking Vicodin are mild nausea, upset stomach, vomiting or constipation; feeling anxious, dizzy or drowsy; headache; mood changes; blurred vision and dry mouth. Some of the more serious side effects reported with taking Vicodin include shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, fainting or feeling light-headed; seizures (convulsions); stomach pain; problems with urination or dark urine; and jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Considerations

  • Research has indicated several possible physical causes and medical conditions that could lead to erectile dysfunction (ED), including alcohol and tobacco use, liver or kidney failure, multiple sclerosis, brain or spinal injury, diabetes, hypertension, stroke and radiation therapy to testes, to name a few. Although there is no definitive research linking Vicodin to ED, because of the medication's genitourinary side effects (which include ureteral spasm and urinary retention), protracted use of Vicodin could be a contributing factor to ED.

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