Sarafem Sexual Side Effects

There are a number of possible side effects that may occur with the use of Sarafem. Sexual side effects are some of the commonly reported problems. Clinical studies have shown that Sarafem can cause a decrease in sex drive in up to 9 percent of women taking the medication. If you experience any sexual side effects while taking Sarafem, be sure to let your healthcare provider know. He or she can recommend some treatment options or may suggest switching your medication.

Sarafem Sexual Side Effects: An Overview

Sarafem® (fluoxetine hydrochloride), like all selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), is known to cause certain sexual side effects. In particular, Sarafem may cause a decrease in sex drive.

Sarafem and Decreased Sex Drive

Sarafem is known to cause a decrease in sex drive (known as libido). In clinical studies where the side effects of Sarafem were documented, a decreased sex drive occurred in up to 9 percent of women taking Sarafem for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). A decreased sex drive appeared to be more common in women taking Sarafem only during the last two weeks of their menstrual cycle (9 percent), compared to those women who were taking Sarafem every day (3 percent).

Sarafem Sexual Side Effects: Summary

It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will develop any sexual side effects with Sarafem. Also, if a person does develop sexual side effects, it is difficult to know whether these problems are because of other conditions or due to Sarafem itself.
If you develop sexual side effects while taking Sarafem, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend. Depending on the severity of your sexual side effects, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Sarafem dosage or try another medicine.
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