Watch for sexual dysfunction after antidepressant cessation: TGA

Dr Cathy Andronis says GPs should be aware that the risk persists even after patients stop the drugs.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Cathy Andronis
Dr Cathy Andronis.

The TGA has slapped new safety warnings on all SSRIs and SNRIs about the risk of persistent sexual dysfunction after treatment cessation.

It advised doctors to consider prior antidepressant use in patients presenting with sexual dysfunction symptoms — such as loss of libido, priapism or genital numbness — and to report cases when an association was suspected.