Bipolar meds have given me Erectile Dysfunction help


I am 29 years old and have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and have recently taken a Zyprexa medication that has caused me to have Erectile Dysfunction. I have switched to a previous medication Seroquel which did not cause erectile dysfunction before, but I am still experiencing erectile dysfunction. I am unable to get or maintain an erection. I have been given Cialis by a urologist to help with the problem, but I am afraid of side effects that can cause vision loss to blindness as well as hearing loss or deafness. What should I do?

Hey Wellbutrin helped return my sexual functioning when it got messed up on an AP, though obviously as a girl I didn’t have ED but a lot of the mechanics are the same when you get down to it. Maybe it could help?

Try the recommendations by your doc. Don’t worry about the side effects. It’s always efficiancy versus them and if it solves your problem then it’s not so much a drama.


Let your pdoc know what is going on with you. Maybe you can find a better alternative.

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Also make sure you ask your doc how prevalent those side effects even are. When they lost side effects they have to include everything anyone in the studies for the drug got, even if it was just a single person and if they can’t 100% prove the drug caused it. So maybe hearing loss/loss of vision isn’t even really prevalent.

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Buspirone is an anti-anxiety med that can counteract the sexual side effects of some other drugs.

Also, gabapentin makes me feel very hypersexual. Not sure why. It’s not a known side effect, but lots of people say the same thing.

Gabapentin gave me sexual dysfunction

It’s so strange how two people can experience the exact opposite side effect from the same drug.

I used Viagra after my first episode. Worked great. After the trauma of my illness lessened and my meds got adjusted I no longer needed it. It was probably 6 months or so.

Just whip it out on your pdoc’s desk and say “Well, what are you going to do about this?!”

Why does it bother you?
I have “erectile dysfunction” as well, and it doesn’t bother me.

Im the otherway around.

I couldnt get it up on seroquil yet on zyprexa im actually horny pretty often, which is how i was before i started taking meds

I can masturbate 3 to 4 times a day on zyprexa if need be…