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Frequent erections, using blood thinning drug - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello, is it possible for the blood thinning drug coumadin to cause soft erections?
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :  
User :   hello
Doctor :   No,
Doctor :   there is no such side effect encountered with the drug
User :   i took methylprednisolone a week ago for a rash and was coumadin as well
User :   is it possible one of them or the combination could cause it?
User :   i never had this problem before and im quite young so i am baffled
Doctor :   Can explain in detail the problem you had ?

User :   sure, i developed a blood clot in my leg last month and when i got out a week later I developed a rash from the TPA medicine they gave me to dissolve the clot
User :   at this point I was put on oral coumadin and a 6 day dose of methylprednisolone to get rid of this rash
Doctor :   Ok,
Doctor :   What was the exact problem you had after taking the above mentioned drugs ?
User :   a week ago I started getting soft erections
User :   my sex drive feels normal however
Doctor :   I feel there is no relation to the drugs you taking /took

User :   does the methylprednisolone drug affect testosterone levels?
Doctor :   Yes, it does but not to the extent where it can affect the erection
Doctor :   Are you on any other medication ?
User :   i am only on coumadin right now
Doctor :   the Warfarin present in the coumadin decreases the viscosity of the blood , this only can fasten the erection ( theoretically ) but do not induce erections

User :   so even if the blood is thinner it means the erection should still be normal?
Doctor :   the frequency and timing will be normal ,but the transit time for the blood to fill up the spongiosis in the penis may shorten
User :   ok, so this could be a psychological problem?
Doctor :   Could be a considerable cause
User :   ok, thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting
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