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A 48-year-old member asked:

does celexa (citalopram) cause sexual dysfunction?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Possible side effect: Celexa/citalopram can have sexual dysfunction (loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation) as a side effect. It can be temporary or remain throughout treatment with the medication. Being on the medication longer can help the problem become less. Higher doses can increase risk of side effect. This side effect can occur with many others in this same family SSRIs.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Celexa/Sexual SE: All SSRI antidepressants have potential of causing sexual side effects.
Dr. Donald Steinmuller
Nephrology and Dialysis 33 years experience
Yes: Celexa (citalopram) is an SSRI antidepressant and those medications can have effects on sexual function especially difficulty having an orgasm. There is some evidence that alternative med for depression (Welbutrin) may help (should be done under MD direction). Also medications for impotence may help for men and some women. See links to sexual dysfunction in men and women at uptodate.com
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Celexa: Sexual dysfunction can occur with Celexa.

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