Sexual dysfunction is an underdiscussed adverse effect to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs and may increase the risk for discontinuation and nonadherence to antidepressant pharmacotherapy. Given the prevalence of depression, health care providers should educate patients about SSRI-associated sexual dysfunction in order to promote patient awareness and medication adherence. This study evaluated primary literature from to to identify SSRI-related sexual side effects, therapeutic alternatives, and treatment strategies. The results indicate that paroxetine is associated with the greatest rate of sexual dysfunction among the SSRIs.
What is Prozac (fluoxetine)?
Prozac and sexual side effects?
Loss of sexual desire and difficulties performing during intimate encounters can be symptoms of depression, but they can also be side effects of many medications used to treat depression. While antidepressants are often integral to managing depression, sexuality is an important piece of a healthy life for many people. Experiencing sexual side effects from antidepressants can be frustrating and disheartening, but there are ways to address them. Depression and antidepressant medications can cause symptoms such as low libido , vaginal dryness, and erectile dysfunction. People may also find it more difficult to have an orgasm, or may not have orgasms at all. Sexual dysfunction related to depression may be even more prevalent than the statistics show. People may feel embarrassed and reluctant to report sexual problems to their doctor or psychiatrist.
Managing Antidepressant Sexual Side Effects
One side effect of some of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants is what doctors would call sexual dysfunction. But for those who experience it, it might as well be called ruining something that used to be fun. Annoyingly, these antidepressants may affect pretty much every part of sex — including wanting it, aka your libido ; getting aroused; and actually having an orgasm.
This Migraine Again content has been fact-checked by our editorial team to ensure the accuracy of epidemiological data cited for Migraine and related disorders. If you feel that this content is inaccurate, outdated or otherwise questionable, please contact us here. Posted by Paula Dumas Mar 7, S SRIs selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Prozac, Zoloft or Celexa are very effective in treating depression, but can cause sexual side effects.