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Nearly one in four US women is on antidepressants. The drugs, like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, may be happy pills but they are not happy-in-the-bedroom pills. Both older and newer antidepressants cause severe sexual dysfunction like diminished libido and anorgasmia, the inability to achieve orgasm, even with adequate stimulation.
By Jocelien D. Olivier, Diana C. Esquivel Franco, Marcel D.
Right now, one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for anxiety — buspirone, which is still known by its discontinued brand name BuSpar — is in short supply. The makers of the drugs cite increasing demand as the reason for the shortage that, as of this writing, has no foreseeable ending in sight. Experts say buspirone is a go-to anxiety treatment because of its low risk of side effects compared to benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin. But with the drug shortage, people who are currently on the medication for anxiety may feel even more uneasy due to the increased likelihood it may not be there the next time they go get their prescription filled.
The topic of female sexual dysfunction has been brought front and center due to a recently published NY Times article discussing the ongoing clinical trials of Lybrido and Lybridos, two drugs currently being studied in women reporting chronically low libido. The studies are being conducted by the clinical research center Emotional Brain in both the Netherlands and the U. Lybrido is being developed for women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder HSDD with a relatively insensitive system for sexual cues, while Lybridos is being investigated in women with HSDD and maladaptive sexual inhibitory mechanisms.
The investigational compound bremelanotide—a synthetic version of melanocytes stimulating hormone—is administered intranasally and appears to acutely influence libido in women. Herbal compounds. Some herbal compounds are being sold for low-desire complaints.
The following information is NOT intended to endorse drugs or recommend therapy. While these reviews might be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care. What next? I have GAD and panic attacks.
Sexual side effects are common with antidepressants in both men and women, so your concern is understandable. Effects on sexual function can include:. The severity of sexual side effects depends on the individual and the specific type and dose of antidepressant.
Linneah sat at a desk at the Center for Sexual Medicine at Sheppard Pratt in the suburbs of Baltimore and filled out a questionnaire. She read briskly, making swift checks beside her selected answers, and when she was finished, she handed the pages across the desk to Martina Miller, who gave her a round of pills. The pills were either a placebo or a new drug called Lybrido, created to stoke sexual desire in women. Over the past eight weeks, she took the tablets before she planned to have sex, and for every time she put a pill on her tongue, she was supposed to make an entry in her online diary about her level of lust.