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It Can Stunt Growth, Damage Young Brains and Even Trigger Suicide. Yet Now This Most Controversial Antidepressant Is about to Be Prescribed to Youngsters of Just Eight . . . JAMES was ten when he was first put on the antidepressant Prozac. His mother was an invalid, and after his father left home, the pressure […]

Cocaine and impotence

Cocaine enjoys a reputation as an aphrodisiac. However, substantial evidence is accumulating to indicate that chronic cocaine use, alone or in combination with alcohol, ultimately causes sexual dysfunction. Cocaine alone stimulates secretion of the sexually inhibiting hormone prolactin. Cocaine also causes spasms in arteries; blood flow to the penis cannot be sustained if arterial spasms […]


Decreased libido and impotence are common in men suffering from depression. Sexual function usually returns to normal when the depression lifts with treatment. Antidepressant medications fall into three general classes of drugs: tricyclic antidepressants (Imipramine, Desipramine, Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline), monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (Phenelzine, Isocarboxacid, Tranylcypromine), and atypical antidepressants (trazodone). Sexual side effects are common with […]

What Is Prolactin and Why Does It Disrupt Male Sexual Function?

We frankly do not know why men have prolactin-producing capability at all. Prolactin serves an important function in women, but only at a specific moment in their reproductive lives. At the end of a woman’s pregnancy, her pituitary produces and releases generous amounts of prolactin into the bloodstream to stimulate breast-milk production. Nursing mothers usually […]


Celexa was approved in 1998 as a treatment for depression, and has been well tolerated among the more than 8 million people who have taken it around the world. In addition, it is less expensive than some other SSRIs. Celexa is taken once a day in the morning or evening, with or without food, typically […]

Desyrel trazodone antidepressant

Desyrel (Trazodone) This novel antidepressant is chemically unrelated to tricyclic, tetracyclic, or other antidepressants. How Desyrel works is not fully understood, but it is believed to inhibit serotonin uptake. Desyrel should be taken with food or shortly after a meal or light snack to lower the risk of dizziness or lightheadedness. You may be more […]