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Methamphetamine Sexual Side Effects

In studies, some people experienced problems of a sexual nature while taking Desoxyn, the prescription form of methamphetamine. Sexual side effects reported with the drug include impotence and changes in sex drive; however, it's often difficult to tell if such problems result from the Desoxyn, other factors, or a combination of these. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop what may be methamphetamine sexual side effects. Whether or not the problems you experience are caused by Desoxyn, he or she can recommend treatment that may help.

Methamphetamine Sexual Side Effects: An Overview

While most people think of methamphetamine as an illegal street drug, it is also a prescription medication used for the treatment of obesity and ADHD. Desoxyn® (methamphetamine hydrochloride) is the prescription version of methamphetamine. As with all medicines, methamphetamine has possible side effects. In studies of Desoxyn, methamphetamine sexual side effects that were reported included:
 
  • Changes in sex drive (libido).
     
  • Impotence, which is usually defined as a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Ultimately, impotence is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. It is also known as erectile dysfunction (or ED for short).
     
The specific percentages of people that developed these side effects were not reported.
 
Also, although it's not exactly a sexual side effect, it should be noted that ADHD medications (including this one) have been associated with priapism. This side effect is an abnormally long-lasting, painful erection and can cause serious, permanent damage to the penis. It can occur in males of any age. Young boys might not recognize this side effect, and males of any age might be hesitant to seek parental or medical attention, due to embarrassment. Prompt treatment is necessary to avoid damage.
 
Be especially on the lookout for this side effect whenever the dosage is increased or during a drug "holiday" or any other time when the drug is stopped. 
 
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