Wellbutrin sexual adverse reactions
Wellbutrin, also known as Buproprion Hydrochloride is a fairly popular prescription medication that is used for the treatment of depression (also known as clinical or major depression). Wellbutrin is also prescribed for people experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. Under the brand name "Zyban" Wellbutrin is also prescribed to help people quit smoking. Wellbutrin has also been prescribed for other "off label" purposes. One of these purposes is to help with sexual dysfunction.
In the years since they were introduced, Prozac and other antidepressants that are chemically close to Prozac (SSRI's or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) have become some of the most popular medications for depression. The reason for this is that they do a very good job of easing a patient's depression. Many people report that their lives have been dramatically improved with SSRI antidepressants; with some complaints.
Some of these complaints include nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth and shakiness. The side effect that is of concern to many people in using these antidepressants is sexual problems. Some of these problems include but are not limited to, Loss of libido, or desire, weak orgasms, problems reaching or unable to reach orgasm and in men, erectile dysfunction. Some are willing to deal with these side effects including giving up their sexual pleasure in order to escape the misery of depression but many want a lifestyle that includes sexual pleasure.
It is unfortunate that very few people know that Wellbutrin is as effective as the SSRI's, but it is much less likely to cause sexual side effects. As well, most people are not aware that there are several study results that show Wellbutrin can have sex-enhancing effects.
Fifty to eighty percent of study and survey subjects report at least one sexual dysfunction as a result of using other antidepressant medications. Wellbutrin is unlike all of the other antidepressants and scientists are still unsure of how it works on the brain but it does have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
In a summary of a survey of psychiatrists, Wellbutrin is reported as the medication they choose for the treatment of sexual dysfunction that was caused by other antidepressants (SSRI's, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) even though this indication is not approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Thirty-six percent of the psychiatrists preferred to switch the patient that was suffering from sexual dysfunction from the SSRI antidepressants to Wellbutrin and forty-three percent augmented their patients with the Wellbutrin while leaving them on the SSRI medication. There are studies that indicate either approach is effective. The most often noted in these studies were improvement of both the desire and orgasmic aspects of the patient's sexual function with the use of Wellbutrin either with, or without other antidepressants. The study also noted that if the psychiatrist used the augmentation approach, at least 200 mg's of Wellbutrin would need to be prescribed because at lower levels there was no statistical difference in sexual function from the placebo.
There have also been several promising studies that indicate Wellbutrin relieves sexual dysfunction in those who do not have depression. In one twelve week, mixed gender study, sixty-three percent of the subjects reported that their sexual condition was "improved" or "much improved" opposed to only three percent of those on placebo.
Two other studies demonstrated that Wellbutrin was effective at relieving low sexual desire. It was reported to have improved arousal, orgasm and overall satisfaction with their sexual experiences. Wellbutrin also helped as a treatment for sexual dysfunction caused by chemotherapy for breast cancer and for other orgasmic dysfunctions. It was also found that Wellbutrin does not adversely affect the sexual functioning of healthy men and in fact may enhance the sexual functions.
Many people have reported an improvement in their sex life when they were either switched from their regular antidepressant to Wellbutrin, or were given a dose of Wellbutrin along with their regular depressant. If you are experiencing sexual problems whether or not you are on SSRI antidepressants, it would be wise to have a discussion with your doctor or psychiatrist about the possibility of using Wellbutrin in order to once again enjoy a healthy sex life.