Prozac and sperm count
Researchers suggest that men taking SSRIs suffer a drop in sperm counts. Emma Baines investigates. What is the story? Antidepressants such as Prozac fluoxetine could be responsible for reduced fertility in men, according to media reports. The papers reported that researchers in the US had found that SSRIs, which are taken by millions of people in the UK for the treatment of depression, could be damaging male fertility.
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Can antidepressants cause male infertility?
Can antidepressants cause male infertility? | GPonline
Log in Advanced Search. Researchers at Cornell Medical Center in New York have discovered that commonly prescribed anti-depressants may have the unwanted side effect of drastically lowering male sperm count. Tests were conducted on two men over a two year period, during which time their sperm count changed from normal before taking the anti-depressants, to almost zero after taking the medicines. The sperm count of both men recovered to normal levels once use of the drugs was discontinued. The men studied were taking anti-depressant medications Citalopram Cipramil and sertraline sold as Lustral in the UK. These drugs are of the same class as market leaders Seroxat and Prozac. Impotence and delayed ejaculation are known to be side effects of these drugs, but this study indicates that there may also be an effect on the nerves in the vas deferens such that sperm are not being transported or released in the ejaculate.
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Anti-depressants 'can make men infertile'
A case report on two patients taking the most common class of antidepressants, which includes the market leaders Seroxat and Prozac, has revealed a possible adverse effect on both the concentration and swimming ability of sperm. Doctors at the Cornell Medical Centre, in New York, who were treating the two men for infertility, found that when the patients stopped taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs , their fertility problems disappeared, only to resume when they restarted antidepressants. The first patient was taking citalopram, known as Cipramil in Britain.
Language: English French. Question Some of my male patients who are taking antidepressants are planning to become fathers. Do selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs affect sperm, causing either decreased fertility or increased risk of congenital anomalies?
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