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Fluoxetine and Orgasmic Sexual Experiences

Morris, Philip L. P

The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, December 1991, Vol.21(4), pp.379-382 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Fluoxetine and Orgasmic Sexual Experiences
  • Author/Creator: Morris, Philip L. P
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Fluoxetine ; Post Stroke ; Depression ; Side Effect ; Adverse Reaction ; Sexual Experience ; Orgasm ; Medicine
  • Is Part Of: The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, December 1991, Vol.21(4), pp.379-382
  • Description: The purpose of this article to describe a unique potential side effect of fluoxetine. A case report of a patient with post stroke depression treated with fluoxetine is presented. Fluoxetine was associated temporally with frequent short episodes of sexual excitement described by the patient as feeling like an orgasm. The relationship was dose dependent. Serotonergic medications, like fluoxetine, may induce sexual stimulation as a side effect. The mechanism for this effect is unclear but patients with organic brain disease may be at higher risk for this complication.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0091-2174 ; E-ISSN: 1541-3527 ; DOI: 10.2190/JUNJ-XXQ2-ER17-96LR