BuSpar Sexual Side Effects

When you take an anxiety medication like BuSpar, sexual side effects may occur. Some of these sexual problems may include delayed ejaculation, changes in sex drive, and impotence. If you develop any BuSpar sexual side effects, let your healthcare provider know so that he or she can recommend treatment options, adjust your BuSpar dosage, or prescribe another drug to treat anxiety.

BuSpar Sexual Side Effects: An Overview

BuSpar® (buspirone hydrochloride), like many medications, is known to cause certain sexual side effects. These side effects may include:
BuSpar and Decreased Sex Drive
BuSpar is known to cause changes in sex drive (also known as libido), including increased or decreased sex drive. In clinical studies, sex drive changes were reported in between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 people taking the drug.
BuSpar and Delayed Ejaculation
BuSpar is also known to cause ejaculatory problems in men. In particular, the drug is known to cause delayed ejaculation. While this problem is not serious, it can be frustrating. Delayed ejaculation is a rare BuSpar side effect, reported in less than 1 in 1,000 men taking the medicine.
BuSpar and Impotence
BuSpar 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 that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. In clinical studies where side effects of BuSpar were documented, impotence occurred in less than 1 in 1,000 men taking the drug.
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