Effectiveness of trazodone in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions

Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi, Klinika Psychiatrii Dorosłych.
Polski merkuriusz lekarski: organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego 07/2010; 29(169):66-9.
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Sexual dysfunctions may be main cause of social disability. The knowledge of the rates of occurrence of sexual dysfunctions in the general population and the primary risk factors for these conditions is very important to assist in assessing the risk and planning treatment. Sexual dysfunctions are highly prevalent in our society worldwide, and that the occurrence of sexual dysfunctions increases directly with age for both men and women. Specific medical conditions and health behaviors represent major risk factors for sexual disorders. Trazodone is sedative antidepressant drug, which is effective, safe, fast acting, with a few side effects, with proved efficiency in the treatment of sexual dysfunction.

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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Trazodone is an antidepressant belonging to the class of serotonin receptor antagonists and reuptake inhibitors. It is approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression. Insomnia is the most frequent reason for prescription of trazodone. It has also been proven useful in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Other off-label uses include the treatment of bulimia, benzodiazepine/alcohol dependence, fibromyalgia, central nervous system degenerative diseases (behavioral disorders in dementia and other organic disorders), schizophrenia, chronic pain disease and diabetic neuropathy, sexual dysfunction. Areas covered: This paper evaluates trazodone's efficacy and safety in its off-label uses. It also discusses the possibility that a combination of trazodone with SSRIs may prevent or treat some of the SSRI side effects, such as anxiety, insomnia and sexual dysfunction, in addition to synergically increasing SSRIs' antidepressant activity. Expert opinion: Few clinical trials have been conducted to evaluate trazodone's efficacy in the treatment of the diseases and symptoms for which it is often used in clinical practice. More studies are necessary to investigate possible new therapeutic indications, and to scientifically demonstrate the risk/benefit ratio for the many conditions for which trazodone is used, but not approved by the FDA.
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