Sexual Side-effects of Antidepressants

As stated earlier, the sexual side-effects depend on the individual and the dose of the drug. For some, the side-effects may fade away sooner as their body adjust to the medication. In addition, One study indicates that men are prone to have medication induced sexual dysfunction (62.4%) than women (56.9%).

Other sexual side-effects of antidepressants includes unusual increase or decrease in sexual interest (libido), decreased physiological arousal, delayed or spontaneous orgasm with yawning, priapism i.e. constant erection, painful ejaculation, penile anesthesia etc.

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