Can medication for bipolar disorder cause sexual problems?

Ruth White, MPH
Social Work
Many antidepressants used for bipolar disorder, such as Prozac (fluoxetine), often cause sexual difficulties such as inorgasmia (difficulty reaching an orgasm even though aroused) and sometimes reduced sex drive. Discuss these symptoms with your doctor and explore other medication options; for example, Wellbutrin (bupropion) is less likely to produce these side effects. Also note that since depression can also result in low libido, you may want to explore whether your bipolar symptoms are the source of this problem, rather than the medications.
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