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Xanax® (alprazolam) can cause several side effects, including changes in sex drive. Xanax may cause sexual problems such as an increased or decreased sex drive, and other types of sexual dysfunction.
In studies of Xanax for panic disorder, up to 14.4 percent of people reported a decreased sex drive. However, an increased sex drive is also possible, with up to 7.7 percent of people taking Xanax for panic disorder reporting an increased sex drive. People taking Xanax for other types of anxiety (other than panic disorder) seem to be at a lower risk of developing sex drive changes.
Clinical studies have also shown that up to 7.4 percent of people taking Xanax for panic disorder reported problems with sexual function. Sexual dysfunction can include impotence (also known as erectile dysfunction, or ED) or problems ejaculating or achieving orgasm.
(Click Xanax Sexual Side Effects for a more in-depth look at Xanax and sex drive, including information on what you can do if you encounter problems while taking this drug.)
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