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Impotence is usually defined as a total inability to achieve 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 studies, impotence occurred in up to 2.8 percent of men taking Celexa.
Priapism is a very rare side effect of medications such as Celexa. Priapism is a painful erection of the penis that does not go away, even after sexual intercourse or masturbation. If left untreated, priapism can lead to permanent damage to the penis. For this reason, it is very important to seek medical attention immediately if you think you are having symptoms of priapism. Even though this may seem embarrassing, it is necessary to avoid permanent damage to the penis. If your healthcare provider is not available, you should seek emergency medical care.
It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know beforehand whether you will develop any sexual side effects with Celexa. Also, if a person does develop sexual side effects, it is challenging to know whether these problems are because of the condition or Celexa itself. This is because sexual symptoms are common with depression. In fact, one-third of people with untreated depression report sexual side effects.
If you develop sexual side effects while taking Celexa, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend. Depending on how severe your Celexa sexual side effects are, your healthcare provider may also recommend that you adjust your Celexa dosage or try another depression medication.