Cymbalta sexual side effects
Many antidepressants cause sexual side effects. Cymbalta, which falls under the class Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) also can cause sexual side effects. The sexual side effects caused by Cymbalta include ejaculation problems, orgasm problems, decreased sex drive, and impotence or erectile dysfunction. When a person develops side effects as mentioned above, it is difficult to conclude whether they are because of the condition or Cymbalta has caused it. If you are taking Cymbalta and you experience sexual side effects, consult your doctor. Your doctor may adjust your dosage of Cymbalta or try with any other medicine for treating you. Cymbalta contains the chemical substance known as duloxetine.
Cymbalta can cause a decrease in sex drive. The decrease in sex drive is also known as libido. Clinical studies were conducted to know the side effects of Cymbalta and the results documented. The results of these studies showed that up to 6 per cent of men receiving Cymbalta for treating their depression had their sex drive decreased. Decreased sex drive occurred in about 1 per cent of women treated with Cymbalta for depression. Among the people receiving Cymbalta for treating their generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), decreased sex drive was the most common and it occurred in about 7 per cent of these people. Decreased sex drive occurred in 2 per cent of the people receiving Cymbalta for treating their fibromyalgia. Among the people treated with Cymbalta for anxiety, up to 3 per cent of them had the side effect of decreased sex drive. About 2 per cent of women treated with Cymbalta for depression developed orgasm problems.
Cymbalta can cause ejaculation problems. Inability to ejaculate and delayed ejaculation are the usual problems related to ejaculation. The documented clinical studies show that delayed ejaculation occurred in up to 5 per cent of men treated with Cymbalta. Among men taking Cymbalta for treatment of anxiety, the ejaculation problems were the most common, and this affected up to 5 per cent of this population. It was slightly less common in men taking Cymbalta for treatment of fibromyalgia, which was up to 4 per cent. The ejaculation problems developed in about 3 per cent of men treated with Cymbalta for depression. Men treated with Cymbalta for nerve pain did not report any ejaculation problem.
The next sexual side effect caused by Cymbalta is impotence. The definition of impotence is that it is a total inability to achieve erection, or an inconsistent inability to achieve erection, or having erection for a brief period only. In other words impotence is the recurring inability to get an erection or maintain an erection which should be firm enough to have a sexual intercourse. Another name for impotence is erectile dysfunction (ED). The clinical studies show that impotence occurred in about 4 per cent of men treated with Cymbalta.
It is not easy for your doctor to say if you will develop any sexual side effects when you are treated with Cymbalta. Moreover, when someone develops sexual side effects, it is a tough task to decide if these effects are caused by the condition of the person or by Cymbalta itself. The reason is that sexual symptoms are common in people having depression or diabetes. To cite an example, one-third of people who were not treated with Cymbalta for depression report sexual side effects. However, if you develop any sexual side effects when you are treated with Cymbalta, talk to your doctor for overcoming these difficulties. Your doctor may be able to identify the treatments that suit you. If your sexual side effects are severe, your doctor may advise you to adjust the dosage of Cymbalta you are taking, or may think of trying with other medicines.