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June 18, 2009 at 11:42 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Illegal and Recreational Drugs May Cause Shrinkage Dysfunction

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Typically the use of recreational and illegal drugs is commonly associated with a variety of complications and risk factors. However, one side effect of illegal and recreational drug use that is not usually discusses is sexual dysfunctions, including both shrinkage and erectile dysfunction.

Shrinkage Dysfunction and Recreational Drugs

Shrinkage dysfunction has been associated with the use of certain recreational and illegal drugs. The following is a list of the most commonly abused illegal and recreational drugs that have been associated with shrinkage dysfunction.

  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Methadone
  • Opiates
  • Barbiturates
  • Amphetamines

Medicinal Drugs and Shrinkage Dysfunction

It should also be noted that it is not only illegal and recreational drug use that are responsible as a contribution to the development of shrinkage dysfunction. Many prescription medications can also contribute to this development. Most of these drugs can be placed into the following categories. It is important to discuss shrinkage dysfunction as a side effect of any prescribed medication with your physician.

  • Anti-anxiety
  • Antiarrythmics
  • Anti-depressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-hypertensives
  • Chemotherapy medications
  • Diuretics
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's)
  • Parkinson's disease medications
  • Prostate cancer medications

How do Drugs Contribute or Cause Shrinkage Dysfunction?

Both recreational and illegal drugs are known for two major implications that contribute to shrinkage dysfunction. These two implications are also typically the same for medically prescribed drugs. These two implications include the suppression of the immune system and blood vessel damages.

The Blood Vessels

It is estimated that over fifty percent of all cases of shrinkage and erectile dysfunction is caused by the presence of vascular diseases. A vascular disease is defined as any disease that affects the blood vessels. An adequate supply of blood rich in oxygen is necessary for the production and maintenance of an erection. Typically, this blood flow is decreased by the presence of certain substances, such as cholesterol, that build up and stick to the walls of the blood vessels. This build up can effectively restrict blood flow.

Shrinkage Dysfunction: Other Risk Factors

In addition to drug use, there are many other factors that increase the risk for the development of shrinkage dysfunction. Some of these risk factors are listed below.

  • Age: Over the age of 65
  • Alcohol use
  • Anabolic steroid use
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine disorder
  • Hypertension
  • Liver failure
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Smoking

The fact remains that there is typically no one cause completely responsible for any sexual dysfunction. Both shrinkage and erectile dysfunction are caused by a variety of both genetic and environmental factors. However, while there are may causes for these sexual dysfunctions, there are also many treatments. It is important to research and educate yourself about these treatment options, as the first step to fixing any problem is finding relevant information. Additionally it is recommended that you discuss these treatment options as well as any questions or concerns with your physician.

Sources: http://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfunction/guide/drugs-linked-erectile-dysfunction

http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DS/00162.html

http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_impotence_erectile_dysfunction_000015_1.htm

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