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Before medicines are approved, they must go through several clinical studies in which thousands of people are given a particular medicine and are then compared to a group of people not given the medicine. In these studies, side effects are always documented. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
For Strattera, the sexual side effects mentioned above occurred in the following percentages of men:
- Erectile dysfunction -- up to 9 percent of men
- A decreased libido (sex drive) -- up to 4 percent of men and women
- Ejaculation problems -- up to 3 percent of men
- Priapism -- very rarely (this side effect was not reported during clinical studies but has been reported in men taking Strattera since it was approved).
What Is Priapism?
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. Even though this may seem embarrassing, it is necessary to avoid permanent damage to the penis. If your healthcare provider is not available, you should seek emergency medical care.
It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will develop any sexual side effects while taking Strattera. Also, if a person does develop sexual side effects, such as impotence or a decrease in libido, it is difficult to know whether these problems are actually caused by another condition or Strattera itself.
However, if you develop any sexual side effects while taking Strattera, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There is treatment that he or she may be able to recommend, such as an erectile dysfunction medication. Depending on how severe your sexual side effects are, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Strattera dosage or try one of the alternatives to Strattera. Also, make sure to seek medical attention immediately if you have a painful erection that does not go away.