Zoloft and Sex Drive
Zoloft® (sertraline hydrochloride) has been reported to affect sex drive. Zoloft, as with all other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can cause certain sexual side effects, including:
- Decreased sex drive
- Ejaculation failure
- Impotence (also known as erectile dysfunction or ED)
- Prolonged and painful erection (priapism).
It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will develop any of these sexual side effects with Zoloft. Also, if a person does develop what appear to be sexual side effects, it is often difficult to know whether these problems are the result of Zoloft or other factors. For instance, sexual symptoms are common with a number of conditions that Zoloft is used to treat. For example, one-third of people with untreated depression report sexual side effects.
If you notice a change in your sex drive while taking Zoloft, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treatment options. Depending on how severe your side effects are, your healthcare provider may also recommend that you adjust your Zoloft dosage or try another medicine.
(Click Zoloft Sexual Side Effects for a more in-depth look at Zoloft and sex drive, including information on how this medication can cause sexual side effects and what to do about them.)