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Abilify and Sex Drive

Abilify® (aripiprazole) is a prescription medication used for treating schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. It is also approved to be used along with antidepressants for the treatment of depression. A number of sexual side effects have been reported with Abilify: sex drive changes, erectile dysfunction, and priapism (a painful erection that does not go away).
Abilify and Sex Drive
Abilify is known to cause changes in sex drive (known as libido). In clinical studies documenting the side effects of Abilify, a decreased or increased sex drive affected between 1 in every 100 and 1 in every 1,000 people.
Abilify and Impotence
Impotence is a relatively rare side effect of Abilify. Between 1 in every 100 and 1 in every 1,000 men taking Abilify have reported problems with impotence.
Abilify and Priapism
Priapism is a very rare side effect of Abilify, occurring in less than 1 in every 1,000 men. Priapism is a painful erection of the penis that does not go away, even after sexual intercourse or masturbation. If left untreated, priapism can lead to permanent damage to the penis. For this reason, it is very important to seek medical attention immediately if you think you are having symptoms of priapism.
(Click Abilify Sexual Side Effects for information on what you should do if you are taking Abilify and sex drive changes occur.)
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