No medication has no side effects. Similarly, antidepressant medications. Drugs normally used to give pleasure and make the patient happy man is suspected of impaired fertility.
Antidepressant drugs, especially the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are the most commonly prescribed drug in the United States. Not just by psychiatry, but also physicians internists, neurologists, family physicians, cardiologists, to the gastroenterologist to cope with a depressed and anxious patients.
The drug is known to have a series of side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, constipation, weight gain, insomnia, decreased sexual desire and to erection problems.
In the new study group revealed antidepressant SSRIs also affect male fertility. This drug is known to reduce sperm count by half, including the nature and movement of sperm to be abnormal.
Side effects that may arise after one month for patients taking SSRIs and worse in the last three months of usage.
Specifically, the experts found the SSRIs will cause abnormal sperm shape and can not swim very well. Coupled with reduced sperm counts, a combination that will cause him difficult to fertilize.
Beyond the factors of drugs, experts have long said that stress and depression itself can lead to reduced levels of male hormone testosterone that decrease the sperm count.
The good news, because the negative effects of antidepressants that is mainly in the sperm, then the condition can be changed if treatment is stopped.
As is known dibutukan 64 days time for the sperm produced perfectly so that patients can get back to normal sperm counts in less than 3 months.
Even so for couples who are in the program of pregnancy should consult your doctor before stopping the medicine.