What are the possible adverse effects of SSRIs in the treatment of premature ejaculation (PE)?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Samuel G Deem, DO; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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In most cases, females require considerably more time to reach climax than males do; thus, in females taking SSRIs and SSRI-like agents, the delayed climax caused by these agents becomes an adverse effect. In many females, such an inability to reach orgasm can induce a pattern of sexual avoidance, along with a corresponding decrease in libido or sexual excitement (lubrication). In males, too-rapid orgasm can cause some of the same patterns of sexual avoidance and decreased libido. Thus, it is essential to determine the primary problem when instituting therapy.


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