What Is The Effect Of An Anxiety Disorder On Sexual Functioning, And Will Anxiety Medication Affect My Libido?

Dr. Rothbaum answers the question: 'Sexual Function And Anxiety Disorders?'

— -- Question: What is the effect of an anxiety disorder on sexual functioning, and will anxiety medication affect my libido or ability to have sex?

Answer: Medications used to treat anxiety disorders very often do have sexual side effects. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors often interfere with sexual performance. They can interfere with the libido, or interest in sex. They can also interfere with the ability to achieve orgasm. The other class of medications used for anxiety disorders, the tranquilizers or anxiolytics, often cause sedation, and therefore they can interfere with sexual functioning as well.

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