Ativan Sexual Side Effects

Ativan sexual side effects can include impotence, orgasm problems, and changes in sex drive. If you experience any of these side effects while taking Ativan, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may recommend options such as changing your Ativan dose or switching you to a different medication.

An Overview of Ativan Sexual Side Effects

Ativan® (lorazepam), like other benzodiazepine medications, is known to cause certain sexual side effects. Ativan sexual side effects may include:
Ativan and Sex Drive
Ativan is known to cause changes in sex drive (also known as libido). While the most common effect of Ativan on sex drive is a decreased sex drive, it is also possible for the medication to cause an increased sex drive.
Ativan and Impotence
Ativan is known to cause impotence in men. Impotence is often defined as a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Ultimately, impotence is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Rarely, Ativan can also cause the opposite (sexual arousal).
Ativan and Orgasm Problems
Ativan is known to cause orgasm problems. These problems may include a less satisfying orgasm or an inability to achieve orgasm.

A Summary of Ativan Sexual Side Effects

It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will develop any of these Ativan sexual side effects. Also, if a person does develop sexual side effects, it is challenging to know whether these problems are caused by the condition or Ativan itself. This is because sexual symptoms are common with conditions that Ativan treats. For example, one-third of people with untreated depression report sexual side effects.
If you develop sexual side effects while taking Ativan, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend. Depending on how severe your Ativan sexual side effects are, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Ativan dosage or try a different anxiety treatment.
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