Q. Does Buspirone have any sexual side effects?

Answered by
Dr. Sathya Prakash
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 07, 2017

Hi doctor,

I was prescribed Fluvoxamine 100 mg a day for my ego-dystonic homosexuality, major depression and OCD. Also, I am on Oxcarbazepine 300 mg twice a day for my laugh without any reason continuously for a long period of time. Now, I started using Buspirone 5 mg for sexual side effects. I did some research in online and taking self-medication. Please tell me what causes me to laugh like that. Does SSRIs help to change my sexual orientation? Is using Buspirone safe for sexual side effects?



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No medicine or counseling can alter sexual orientation. Be absolutely clear about this.

Any attempt to change orientation by a doctor is considered unethical by professional organizations including the Indian Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization.

All therapies are aimed at making you comfortable with whatever your orientation is. There should be no shame in accepting your orientation.

No, Buspirone does not have any sexual side effects. But, the dose you are taking is inadequate. Consult a specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and increase the dosage with consent.

Other options include adding Bupropion or Mirtazapine or Cyproheptadine. Depending upon the exact nature of sexual side effect, more specific remedies can be suggested.

Regarding your laughing problem, I will need more information about it to comment. Long period means how long? Is there anything specific that precipitates your laugh? What happens if you try to stop it? Is it associated with any specific thought or act?

Revert back with the answers to the above questions to a psychiatrist online -->

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