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Viagra Can Fix Erection Difficulties and May Help Depressed Women

Thousands of woman suffering from depression complain about the side effects of antidepressants that doctors put them on. More than half of the people taking these drugs complain about lowered sex drive.  The drugs, which effect serotonin levels, can mess with the pleasure center of the brain which leads to diminished orgasms. Doctors say many patients stop taking the drugs because it alters their sex drive too much, but a new study may provide some answers.

A recent study shows Viagra, known for helping men with sexual problems, may help depressed women enjoy sex once again. The study followed 98 patients with an average age of 37.  All of the women were taking antidepressants and agreed to be part of the trial.  Each woman agreed to commit to sex at least once week while taking a pill before sex. They didn’t know if they were taking Viagra or a placebo. The results showed 72% of women taking Viagra did have improved orgasms compared to those not taking the pill. 

While the trial was successful for a majority of patients, several people reported side effects.  Headaches, reddening of the skin, and indigestion were reported in those taking the little blue pill. Patients also said Viagra didn’t increase their sex drive, just the rush felt during an orgasm.

Researchers say women dealing with depression will have to weigh the pros and cons. Pfizer, the group that manufactures Viagra, said they have no intention of pursuing  approval for the drug to be used in this way. The company did explore the sexual benefits Viagra could have on women, but found it works best for men. 

Doctors advise all patients to consult a doctor before taking Viagra. The study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association.