Mechanisms and treatments of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction.

  title={Mechanisms and treatments of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction.},
  author={Norman L Keltner and Kelly M McAfee and Carey L Taylor},
  journal={Perspectives in psychiatric care},
  volume={38 3},
SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction affects 30% to 50% or more of individuals who take these drugs for depression. Biochemical mechanisms suggested as causative include increased serotonin, particularly affecting 5HT2 and 5HT3 receptors; decreased dopamine; blockade of cholinergic and alpha-1 adrenergic receptors; inhibition of nitric oxide synthetase; and elevation of prolactin levels. Five approaches to treatment include conservative approaches such as wait and see, decrease dosage, and drug… CONTINUE READING