Sexual side effects of pharmacological agents are often an unspoken cause of treatment noncompliance. Controlled studies in the United States, UK, and Spain have consistently found that approximately 75% of patients who experience sexual side effects from prescribed medication will not volunteer this information without direct questioning.
Nonetheless, many clinicians do not have easy access to reliable information concerning sexual side effects of pharmacological agents. This handy reference provides up-to-date and rapid access to the latest available data concerning sexual side effects of various pharmacological agents for psychiatrists and physicians.
Initial chapters are devoted to a brief review of the physiology of sexual function, the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in the general population, and how to identify drug-induced sexual dysfunction. Following the initial overview chapters, subsequent chapters are be grouped by classes of drugs, allowing clinicians and physicians rapid access to clinically relevant information. Separate chapters are devoted to data concerning sexual side effects of antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, antipsychotic agents, antihypertensives, urological agents, cardiovascular drugs, and other classes of drugs. The chapters focus on common sexual side effects that may be unspoken causes of treatment noncompliance such as inability to ejaculate, anorgasmia, difficulty in reaching orgasm, erectile dysfunction, and lubrication failure. Reports of decreased libido are often difficult to interpret; for that reason, data concerning libido will only be reported if the evidence clearly supports a diagnosis of disturbed libido as a drug side effect. Final chapters are devoted to pharmacological treatment of sexual disorders.
Table of Contents:
1. Antipsychotic Drugs and Sexual Dysfunction
2. Anticonvulsants and Sexual Dysfunction
3. Drugs Used in Neurological Practice and Sexual Dysfunction
4. Drugs Used in Gastrointestinal Practice and Sexual Dysfunction
5. Drugs Used Urological Practice and Sexual Dysfunction
6. Miscellaneous Drugs and Sexual Dysfunction
7. Cardiovascular Drugs and Sexual Dysfunction
8. Cancer Chemotherapy and Sexual Dysfunction
9. Industrial Exposure and Sexual Dysfunction
10. Drug Treatment and Low Libido in Men
11. Drug Treatment and Low Libido in Women
12. Drug Treatment and Erectile Dysfunction
13. Drug Treatment and Female Arousal Disorder
14. Drug Treatment and Sexual Offenders
15. Drug Treatment and Premature Ejaculation
About the Authors:
Robert Taylor Segraves, M.D., Ph.D., a widely cited expert in the field of sexual behavior, is a well-published author of several books on the subjects of mental health, behavior and marital therapy, and sexual dysfunction, including Emerging Dimensions in Sexology and Diagnosis and Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction. He is a past president of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research and has served as editor of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy since 1998. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University and Chairperson of Psychiatry at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. His articles have been published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Modern Medicine, Journal of Urology, JAMA, and the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy.
Richard Balon, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Areas of his interest and expertise include clinical psychopharmacology, sexual dysfunction(s), biology of anxiety, and psychiatric education. Dr. Balon has published and presented widely in all these areas.