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Rx and Sexual Arousal

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A common concern among women and clinicians is the potentially adverse affect of medications on sexual arousal (libido), especially the SSRI group of anti-depressant/anti-anxiety medications.

Clinically speaking, we do not find that SSRI medications interfere with libido, unless the woman is on the high end of dosage for very severe anxiety and/or depression.  Of course, it does not take much for the woman to kill her orgasm, but that should not be attributed to the medications as the cause.

A new study (see below) just published points in the same direction within the non-depressed 40-62 years old female population who are taking a typical dose of 10 or 20mg of escitalopram (Lexapro).

The study: Sexual Function in Nondepressed Women Using Escitalopram for Vasomotor Symptoms.

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