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Psychiatr Serv. 1999 Aug;50(8):1076-8.

Sildenafil for women patients with antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque 87131-5456, USA.


In an open study, sildenafil (Viagra) was prescribed for nine women outpatients who reported sexual dysfunction induced by antidepressant medication, primarily selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. A 50 mg dose of sildenafil was prescribed, and patients were instructed to take it approximately one hour before sexual activity. They were told to increase the dose to 100 mg on the next occasion if they experienced a partial response or a lack of response to sildenafil. The nine patients, all of whom had experienced either anorgasmia or delayed orgasm with or without associated disturbances, reported significant reversal of sexual dysfunction, usually with the first dose of 50 mg of sildenafil.

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