Viagra Helps Women On Antidepressants Beat Sexual Problems

July 23, 2008

A very well-known and common side effect of taking antidepressants for both men and women is that they usually experience sexual problems.  A new study has found that Viagra, usually prescribed to men, can also help women deal with the sexual problems they face from treating their depression..Boston (ChattahBox) – A very well-known and common side effect of taking antidepressants for both men and women is that they usually experience sexual problems. A new study has found that Viagra, usually prescribed to men, can also help women deal with the sexual problems they face from treating their depression.

A new study carried out by researchers from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, as well as other institutions, looked at 98 premenopausal women who suffered with major depression.

They were all successfully taking antidepressants, but also had ongoing sexual problems because of the drugs.

The women were randomly assigned in the study to either be given Viagra or a placebo, and were asked to have sex once a week, taking the random pill each time before they did the act.

What they found was that 72% of the women taking Viagra saw improvement overall in their sexual activity, while 27% of women reported improvement when taking the placebo.

This shows that the women taking Viagra managed to beat many of the problems they were having.

Antidepressants are known to interefere with the sexual drive of a person, but Viagra may be able to help ease the issues.

Some side effects were still present, as 43% of the women on Viagra reported having headaches, compared to 27% on the placebo pills.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday.

Viagra has not yet been approved for women, and there is no word yet if Pfizer will try to pursue it further after this study.

The study was funded by Pfizer, but the company had no role ini the actual study.


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