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Symbyax Sexual Side Effects

Clinical studies show that sexual side effects with Symbyax are possible, such as changes in sex drive, ejaculation problems, and impotence. However, it is unclear if these side effects are caused by the condition being treated or by Symbyax. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are taking Symbyax and sexual side effects occur. He or she may recommend treatments, adjust your dosage, or prescribe a different bipolar disorder medication.

An Overview of Symbyax Sexual Side Effects

Symbyax® (olanzapine and fluoxetine) is known to cause certain sexual side effects, such as:
Changes in Sex Drive
Symbyax is known to cause changes in sex drive (known as libido). In clinical studies documenting the side effects of Symbyax, both increases and decreases in sex drive were reported (although the exact percentages were not reported).
Ejaculation Problems
Symbyax is also known to cause ejaculatory problems, such as delayed ejaculation. The exact percentage of this side effect was not reported.
In clinical studies, up to 2 percent of men taking Symbyax reported problems with impotence.
Orgasm Problems
Symbyax can also cause orgasm problems, such as an inability to achieve orgasm. The exact percentage of such side effects was not reported.

Will I Have Symbyax Sexual Side Effects?

It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will develop any of these Symbyax sexual side effects. Also, if a person does develop sexual side effects while taking Symbyax, it is difficult to know whether these problems are caused by the condition being treated or by Symbyax itself. This is because sexual symptoms are common with a number of the conditions that Symbyax is used to treat.
If you develop sexual side effects while taking the drug, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treatments. Depending on the severity of your sexual side effects, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Symbyax dosage or try another bipolar disorder medication.
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