Sexual side effects of psychiatric medications have been estimated to occur in 60% of male clients (1) and 30% of female clients (2). Despite a body of literature relating individual medications to specific sexual side effects, few studies have satisfactorily addressed the psychotropic-induced sexual dysfunctions in women. The spectrum of known sexual sided effects resulting from psychopharmacologic interventionswill be reviewed. Guidelines for appropriately addressing the possibility of sexual side effects within a therapeutic relationship for maximizing reporting of sexual side effects, and for possible treatment approaches to sexual side effects will be described.
Post, MD, FAACS, Laura L.
"Sexual Side Effects of Psychiatric Medications in Women: A Clinical Review,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry: Vol. 12
, Article 11.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol12/iss1/11