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ISBN 9780367490577
Published July 1, 2021 by CRC Press
140 Pages 86 Color & 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Most adults take at least one prescription medication for example, for high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, depression, asthma, diabetes, COPD, or a variety of other reasons, but most people (and many healthcare providers) are totally unaware that medications can have direct negative effects on sexual functioning and performance. This informative and timely book written by three well-known medications experts explores the chemistry behind sexual arousal in men and women and clearly and authoritatively explains how the common categories of prescription and over-the-counter medications and abused substances might be the reason for their declining sexual performance or even interest.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii

About the authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix

1. Anatomy, Physiology, Arousal, Orgasm, and Hormones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

2. Common Drugs and Their Sexual Side Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

3. Drugs That Treat Sexual Dysfunction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

4. Drugs That Enhance Desire or Improve Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

5. Male-Physiology Fertility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

6. Female-Physiology Fertility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

7. Oral Contraception and Hormone Replacement Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

8. Pregnancy and Lactation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

9. Recreational/Illicit Drugs and Sex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

10. HIV Drugs and Sex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

11. Performance Drugs (Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids) and Sex . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

12. Medical Devices and Alcohol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

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Author(s)

Biography

Robert B. Raffa, PhD is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona College

of Pharmacy (Tucson, AZ) and professor emeritus at Temple University School of

Pharmacy (Philadelphia, PA). He has bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering

and physiological psychology, master’s degrees in biomedical engineering and

toxicology, and a doctorate in pharmacology. He was a research fellow and team

co-leader for analgesics drug discovery at Johnson & Johnson. He was a full

professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy. He is currently a consultant,

a cofounder of CaRafe Drug Innovation and Enalare Therapeutics, and the CSO

of Neumentum Inc. He is a coholder of several patents and has published more

than 350 papers and coauthored or edited several books. He is a past president of

the Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society of the American Society of Experimental

Therapeutics and a recipient of National Institutes of Health funding, and

research and teaching awards. He currently lectures and consults worldwide on

pharmacology principles and drug discovery and development.

 

Patricia J. Bush, PhD, is an emeritus professor at Georgetown University School

of Medicine, where she chaired the Division of Children’s Health Promotion in

the Department of Family Medicine. She earned a BS in Pharmacy from the

University of Michigan, an MSci in medical sociology from the University of

London (UK), and a PhD in social pharmacy from the University of Minnesota.

She has received numerous research grants and has published eight books, 21

book chapters, and more than 110 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has

done research in other countries including Moldova. She has been a consultant to

a number of organizations, including the US Pharmacopeia. Her areas of

expertise include medicine-use behaviors, and she is best known for her studies

in children’s medicine knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Her awards include

the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Award from the University of Michigan

College of Pharmacy.

 

Albert I. Wertheimer, PhD, MBA, is a professor at the College of Pharmacy,

Nova Southeastern University, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is the founding

editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, published by

Oxford University Press, and an international authority in pharmacoeconomics

and outcomes research. He is an author or editor of 43 books and author or

coauthor of more than 400 professional journal articles. He initiated and chaired

the Department of Social and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of

Minnesota. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors and has

lectured or consulted in over 75 countries.