Emsam Sexual Side Effects

In clinical studies documenting the side effects of Emsam, sexual side effects were reported as a side effect of the medication. These sexual side effects may include a decreased sex drive, impotence, and ejaculation problems. If you develop any sexual side effects while taking Emsam, let your healthcare provider know. He or she may recommend treatment, adjust your Emsam dosage, or prescribe a different antidepressant.

An Overview of Emsam Sexual Side Effects

Emsam® (selegiline transdermal patch) is a prescription medication that is used for the treatment of depression. It is part of a group of medications called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). As with all medicines, Emsam has possible side effects. Some of these side effects can affect a person's sexual well-being. In the case of Emsam, the following sexual side effects have been reported:
 
  • A decreased sex drive
  • Impotence
  • Ejaculation problems.
     
Emsam Sexual Side Effects: Sex Drive
Emsam is known to cause a decrease in sex drive (known as libido). In clinical studies documenting the side effects of Emsam, a decreased sex drive occurred in up to 0.7 percent of men taking Emsam.
 
Emsam Sexual Side Effects: Ejaculation Problems
Emsam is also known to cause ejaculatory problems. Generally, these problems are usually delayed ejaculation or an inability to ejaculate.
 
In clinical studies documenting the side effects of Emsam, ejaculation problems occurred in up to 1 percent of men taking Emsam. Up to 0.2 percent of men experienced inorgasmia (the inability to achieve an orgasm).
 
Emsam Sexual Side Effects: Impotence
Impotence is usually defined as a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Ultimately, impotence is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Impotence is also known as erectile dysfunction (or ED for short).
 
In previous studies, impotence occurred in up to 0.7 percent of men taking Emsam.
 
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