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Can anti-anxiety medications result in erectile dysfunction?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy
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Several anti-anxiety medications can cause erectile dysfunction (ED). These include SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Effexor (venlafaxine), Paxil (Paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine), and Zoloft (sertraline). Other anti-anxiety medications like amitriptyline and Ativan (lorazepam) can also cause problems getting and maintaining an erection. In addition, many psychiatric medications diminish sexual desire (libido).

If you think your medication is causing ED or has lowered your sex drive, don't stop taking it without talking to your doctor first. You may be given a different dose or switched to another medication.

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