Prozac Sexual Side Effects
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 studies, impotence occurred in up to 7 percent of men taking Prozac for OCD or bulimia. Impotence occurred in 2 percent of men taking Prozac for panic disorder and in less than 1 percent of men taking the medication for depression.
In studies, priapism occurred in less than 0.1 percent of men taking Prozac. 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.
Final ThoughtsIt is impossible for your healthcare provider to know beforehand whether you will develop any sexual side effects with Prozac. Also, if a person does develop sexual side effects, it is challenging to know whether these problems are because of the condition or Prozac itself. This is because sexual symptoms are common with a number of conditions that Prozac treats. For example, one-third of people with untreated depression report sexual side effects.
If you develop sexual side effects while taking this medication, 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 side effects are, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Prozac dosage or try another medicine.