The English-language page on Wikipedia about Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD) was removed earlier this year, re-posted, and removed again in July, but according to RxISK, their organization is pressing on with efforts to learn more and educate the public about antidepressants and PSSD. RxISK is soliciting participants for an fMRI study, and recently published two studies in the International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine.
In one of the studies, led by Carys Hogan and MIA Foreign Correspondent David Healy of the University of Bangor, the researchers reviewed 120 reports from over 20 countries compiled in their RxISK online database, where people had stated that they had experienced enduring sexual problems after ceasing taking SSRI antidepressant medications. “There appears to be a common syndrome involving erectile dysfunction in men, loss of lubrication in women, genital anaesthesia, lack of orgasm and loss of libido,” the researchers wrote. “The availability of 120 reports from over 20 countries add to the case for the validity of the syndrome.” The article also discusses possible biological mechanisms that could lead to the syndrome, and reviews various experiments with treatments.
The full study is available and the discussions among Wikipedia editors about whether to delete the page about PSSD are also included in a series of posts on the RxISK blog.
PSSD – One Hundred and Twenty Cases (RxISK, July 9, 2014)
RxISK Research on PSSD (RxISK, July 18, 2014)
One hundred and twenty cases of enduring sexual dysfunction following treatment (Hogan, Carys et al. International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine 26 (2014) 109–116 DOI 10.3233/JRS-140617)