How often do anti-depressants cause permanent sexual dysfunction?
December 13, 2013 9:38 AM Subscribe
What is the actual chance of developing permanent sexual dysfunction as a result of taking an anti-depressant--meaning that the sexual dysfunction persists for let's say a year or more after the person has stopped taking the drug?
posted by Koray to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I gather that this mainly happens with SSRIs and not so much with some other kinds of anti-depressants. And presumably the answer varies from drug to drug as well. An answer specific to SSRIs in general, or to any one drug, would be welcome.
I also gather that this hasn't been studied very much. For that reason, I don't really expect a good answer, but maybe somebody here has one anyway. Something like "my highly experienced psychiatrist says he's almost never seen this happen" would be better than nothing.
I understand that you roll the dice when you take a drug like this and that that's just how it's gonna be until the science advances some more. Still, PERMANENT side effects are much, much more interesting and concerning (to me personally, at least) than temporary ones. (And I don't seem to have heard any clear news about other permanent effects of anti-depressant use, aside from... losing your depression or whatever.)