Sexual Dysfunction

Every class of antidepressants is associated with some degree of sexual dysfunction. Difficulties can include problems with libido, impotence, ejaculatory dysfunction, and anorgasmy. The incidence of sexual dysfunction is as high as 30% with SSRIs. As with other side effects, some of these may be symptoms of the depression itself, and they may predate the initiation of the antidepressant trial. Treatment can include dose reduction, skipping of a dose of an SSRI with a short half-life (e.g., sertraline), or changing to an antidepressant of a different class. Anorgasmia may be treated by the addition of yohimbine or amantadine or by the use of bethanechol or cyproheptadine one to two hours before sexual activity. Decreased libido may be treated by the addition of the antidepressant bupropion; in general, this agent has the best profile with respect to sexual dysfunction. Trazodone has been associated with priapism in rare cases; this must be treated urgently to avoid long-term impairment.

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