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Old 07-02-2003, 06:15 PM   #1
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Question Viagra and Metaprolol (beta blocker)

Anyone heard of any probs with Metaprolol, a beta blocker?


 
Old 07-02-2003, 08:19 PM   #2
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Not exactly sure what you mean here--problems with the medication itself? I've taken it for years--Lopressor, which is metaprolol tartrate. But this may be one for your doctor: if you're wondering if you can take V with it, the answer is a cautious yes (I do--but both are prescribed by my doctor, so he's aware of the two meds).

If you're wondering if metaprolol can cause erection troubles, the answer is yes--beta blockers are well-known for causing trouble downtown. One of the issues, if you've been prescribed meta is why: it is a powerful med, and a versatile one: it's used to control high blood pressure, as well as certain cardiac rhythm conditions, angina, and even some forms of migraine.

One of the big drawbacks to a beta blocker--and if you ask your doc, I'm sure he will agree with this one--is that guys often skip a dose or stop taking it when they either experience or hear about erection trouble. This is a dead-*** serious issue: beta blockers cannot be self-regulated or skipped. Period.

I'm certain dosage/condition/etc all factor in--but when I mentioned "guy trouble" to my doctor, he wasn't shocked, given the beta blocker med, and suggested a couple possibilities, among them, change to another type of BP med (not really an option, since the others have not worked for me in the past), or V. I have had no problems at all with V.

Just wondering: if you take metaprolol, how long have you used it? If you're new to it, your body may not have gotten used to it yet.... I'd definitely talk to your doc before trying V on your own though--just in case he knows of anything special about your situation. My guess is that he'll be more than willing to give you a prescription, have you try it, and monitor the dosage, etc. Definitely speak up, bud--it's worth it. Hope this helps--and let me know if I can offer anything else. Best of luck to you.

 
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Old 07-03-2003, 07:13 AM   #3
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I have been on Toprol XL (metaprolol succinate), a beta blocker, for almost three years. Like many others I was having trouble maintaining erections, when finally last year I got up the nerve to mention it to one of my Drs. He acted like he had been expecting me to bring it up at some point, and gave me samples of Viagra to take. My only regret is that I did not mention it to him sooner. I feel like I'm thirty again.
I am very happy now with the results I receive from both of these drugs. Talk to your Dr about it. I'm positive he is aware of problems caused by beta blockers, and should work with you to eliminate those problems.

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Old 07-03-2003, 04:21 PM   #4
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Wow, thank you for the quick and thoughtful responses!

Yeah I'm sorry I guess I wasn't very exact with my question. (hey, I knew what I meant haha)

Well, I've been taking Metaprolol for about 1 1/2 year now (even though my doc has been wanting me to take it for about 3 years). I had slighty elevated blood pressure combined with some cardiac irregularity now and then (seemed to happen especially when I had work related stress). Now my blood pressure is fine and I never have any cardiac irregularity. But... For about a year now it's been hellish to miserable being intimate with my wife. I can get an erection but I can only keep it for a couple of minutes, no matter what we've tried. (Which is especially frustrating to my wife, because I have to admit she's tried everything. "Am I not attractive to you anymore?") It happened kind of gradually, getting a bit worse every time, till a couple of months ago, I noticed that we cannot have satisfying sex anymore. I started researching the issue on the web (yes, I'm a wiener, I didn't want to talk about it with my doc) and found that Metaprolol does cause impotence in bad cases (which I probably am). After reading all the success stories concerning Viagra, we got our hopes up and I've been wondering if I could even take Metaprolol and Viagra at the same time, or if that would be a risk like taking Viagra with meds based on Nitrates (Meta and Viagra lower blood pressure, hence the concern).

But from what I read it seems to be ok. So I guess I should bring it up with my doctor.

Once again, many thanks for your answers and help!


 
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Glad to be of some help. Hehe: after a little guessing, I guess I figured out your question too! lol If nothing else, you know you're not alone! The beta-blocker drugs really are a wonder--they work so well. But I'd guess most MDs don't mention the erection trouble possibility when prescribing, at least in part because the BP or cardiac condition it's being prescribed for is more "serious."

You're no "weiner" for checking things out on your own, on the web or through reading. In fact, although we usually recall the "a little knoweldge is a dangerous thing" bit, many if not most doctors will say that the best patient is an informed one--one who bothers to do some work on his own and ask questions.

It *is* a tough issue to raise with the doctor--but not so much for him (presuming you have a guy doctor) as for "us." But I seriously doubt he'll flinch at all. All I had to say was that I was having some "guy trouble," and he knew immediately what I meant and how to handle the matter. He even explained how and why the beta blockers work as they do. It wasn't cold and clinical, but by no means insulting or invasive either.

You are so right to ask stuff---and yes, the nitrate meds are an absolute no-no with V---they can actually "bottom out" the necessary BP, and a guy could collapse or even die. But the betas are not the same thing.

As for "getting your hopes up," for you and your wife. If your doc says V would be ok--and I am pretty confident he will, based on what you say--you two should be pleased. It's great your wife is "in" on the discussion about V, too. I know a few guys who take it who have never told their wives/gfs, and I don't think that's a smart move at all....

Be realistic in your expectations of V, bud--it does not, contrary to all the media hype, work for all guys, or in the same way. But it is a major-league miracle for most. Give it a try--get used to any side effects you may have (if any--I think those are over-hyped too) and have some fun. What a boost in confidence it is to know you can "perform" the way you want with your wife.

Best of all good luck--and drop back here if you have any other questions that any of us might be able to answer, or just to let us know how you're doing.

 
Old 07-30-2003, 10:17 AM   #6
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Hi there!

Just thought I'd let you all know how I'm doing.
Well, I went ahead and got a viagra prescription. I was scared (what if it doesn't work?) and anxious (what if it does work?) at the same time. First time we tried it with 25mg and it was definitely an improvement! Only side effect was that my face was a bit flushed, but hey, I can live with that. Now last night we tried it with 50mg and I can say it was a complete success. My wife was actually eventually the one to say "no more!". I can't tell you how good I felt.

During the last couple of years I just attributes our sexual problems as nervousness, stress, whatever... but if it happens on a regular basis for an extended period of time, there's something wrong! I can only suggest to anyone with similar problems to talk to their doctor and possibly give viagra a try.


 
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Thanks for the update. Glad to hear your results have been positive.

 
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Old 08-26-2003, 09:55 PM   #9
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I am currently taking atenolol beta blocker 25mg twice a day for headaches.....I am worried about the side effects ie,erections...Is 50mg a day enough to start the problems for erections....I havent noticied anything yet but it has only been one week since I started to take the prescription...thanks..

 
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To Duke611:

I take 200mg a day of atenolol. Keeps my b/p somewhat reasonable (140/70) and my heart beating slower and more regularly. It also pretty much wiped out erections. Viagra (50 mg) works like a charm!
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