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Bipolar meds and erections ?

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I am bipolar and had an episode early this year. was placed on depakote 700mg bd and abilify 30mg mane. I also take haloperidol as required as it helped clear my psychotic symptoms while in hospital. but recently i discovered that my erections are not that hard.could it be due to the medications.i would describe my mood as mildly depresed though i still listen to music and laugh on occasions. thanks

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replied December 25th, 2009
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If you are comparing your erections now to what you used to have at the age of 20, then it's a natural process. It has been studied that the strength of erection at around 28 years of age is almost 1/5ht of that at the age of 18-19 years.

But if you have noticed the change recently, it is a possible effect of the illness as well as the medication. The medication you take is known to affect the sex drive.

You could watch over a few weeks if your problem varies with mood. If it does, you have your answers.

Please do not attach a lot of anxiety and/or guilt to this problem. It may be a phase which you will recover from soon.


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