Sexual Side Effects of Antidepressant and Antipsychotic Drugs

This source preferred by Andrew Mayers

Authors: Baldwin, D.S. and Mayers, A.G.

Journal: Advances in Psychiatric Treatment

Volume: 9

Pages: 202-210

ISSN: 1355-5146

DOI: 10.1192/apt.9.3.202

Adequate sexual expression is essential to many human relationships and provides a sense of physical, psychological and social well-being. Epidemiological and clinical studies show that depression and schizophrenia are associated with impairment of sexual function and satisfaction, even in untreated patients. Most antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs have adverse sexual effects but it is difficult accurately to identify the incidence of treatment-emergent dysfunction, as disturbances can be reliably detected only from systematic enquiries made at baseline and during treatment. Growing awareness of the adverse effects of psychotropic drugs has led to attempts to use adjuvants or substitute treatments to resolve sexual dysfunction. More studies of the effects of antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs on sexual function are needed.

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