Viagra Eases Side Effects of Medication for Women - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/22/08

Viagra Eases Side Effects of Medication for Women

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Most women do not talk about this, but many who take certain drugs for depression also experience some sexual side effects. Psychiatrist Dr. Samuel Keith, M.D., says, "The newer forms of antidepressants have had a problem with reaching orgasm. There's a delay in reaching orgasm."

In the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers have found that Sildenafil, sold under the brand name Viagra, may help women with a variety of sexual side effects that are triggered by medication they are taking.

Doctor George Nurnberg, a psychiatrist with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, led a team of researchers who followed about a hundred women between 18 and age 50 over an eight week period.  All had their depression under control but continued to take medication for it.  Half were given Viagra to treat sexual side effects and the other half had a sugar pill.  Researchers say they found a dramatic improvement in sexual function in the women who had been taking the main ingredient in Viagra.   

Researchers are hopeful this information will help women continue to take the drugs they need for depression instead of tossing them aside because of side effects.

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