Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Altostrata

Bala, 2018 Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction: A Literature Review.

Recommended Posts

Altostrata

Sex Med Rev. 2018 Jan;6(1):29-34. doi: 10.1016/j.sxmr.2017.07.002. Epub 2017 Aug 1.

Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction: A Literature Review.

Bala A1, Nguyen HMT1, Hellstrom WJG2.

 

Abstract at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28778697

 

INTRODUCTION:

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a widely used class of drug. Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD) is a condition in which patients continue to have sexual side effects after discontinuation of SSRI use. The prevalence of persistent sexual side effects after discontinuing SSRIs is unknown. The recognition and study of PSSD will increase our knowledge base of this underreported and distressing condition.

 

AIM:

To provide coverage of the current literature on PSSD, update information on the pathophysiology of PSSD, and discuss potential management options.

 

METHODS:

Comprehensive review of literature pertaining to PSSD.

 

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The symptoms, classification, pathophysiology, diagnostic considerations, and management of PSSD were reviewed.

 

RESULTS:

Common PSSD symptoms include genital anesthesia, pleasure-less or weak orgasm, decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation. Different theories have been proposed to explain the pathophysiology of PSSD: epigenetic gene expression theory, cytochrome actions, dopamine-serotonin interactions, proopiomelanocortin and melanocortin effects, serotonin neurotoxicity, downregulation of 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor 1A, and hormonal changes in the central and peripheral nervous systems. The diagnosis of PSSD is achieved by excluding all other etiologies of sexual dysfunction. Treating PSSD is challenging, and many strategies have been suggested and tried, including serotonergic antagonists and dopaminergic agonists. There is still no definitive treatment for PSSD. Low-power laser irradiation and phototherapy have shown some promising results.

 

CONCLUSION:

PSSD is a debilitating condition that adversely affects quality of life. Further studies are warranted to investigate the prevalence, pathophysiology, and treatment of PSSD. Bala A, Nguyen HMT, Hellstrom WJG. Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction: A Literature Review. Sex Med Rev 2018;6:29-34.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×