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Trazodone Erectile Dysfunction – Temporary ED and Priapism

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Many people know trazodone as an antidepressant drug that has great uses for anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, and also for alcohol dependence. It works by restoring the balance of certain chemicals or natural substances in the brain to improve the mood, appetite, and energy levels of its users. Trazodone is also known to treat depression-related insomnia which allows its users to sleep better. But just like other medicines, trazodone does have its side effects to be considered. Using the drug may manifest some side effects to people taking it such as:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Muscle aches
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of balance
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth/eyes
  • Confusion, and
  • Ringing in the ears

Male users of trazodone were also known to manifest symptoms of priapism after taking the drug. It’s actually ironic since trazodone is a drug that’s potentially known to cause temporary erectile dysfunction (ED) and as a side effect, it also causes prolonged and painful erections. Because of this, many males have already started thinking that trazodone is an ED causing drug while others have taken trazodone for the purpose of trying to get their ED problems sorted out. But let’s take a closer look and see trazodone as it is and how it affects its male users’ erectile functions.

Trazodone’s Effect on Erections

According to scientific studies, Trazodone can indeed be a cause of abnormal erections. It has a side effect known as priapism, a prolonged and painful erection of the penis. But studies have also found out that this side effect is very rare and only occurs to 1 out of 20 000 to 1 out of 100 000 males each year and this only occurs during their first month of therapy. The reason for this is because a very few number of males have bodies that tend to react differently to trazodone, causing the veins in their penile area to be abnormally narrowed. So what happens is that the extra blood left in the penis produces a prolonged erection and because of the narrowed-down veins, the blood remains in the organ for an extended period of time.

To use trazodone for the purpose of getting erections is not advised by medical professionals because priapism can cause permanent damage to the penis if not treated immediately. The painful erection that it causes can last from 4 to 24 hours and it’s not like the healthy erections given by ED pills.

Why Trazodone Causes ED

To some, the erectile side effects of trazodone is quite the opposite. Instead of circulating blood to the penis and narrowing the penile arteries, trazodone directs the blood away from the extremities, causing a temporary shrinking of genitals. But just as the effects that trazodone gives are temporary, so is the ED that it causes. Blood circulation will return to normal as the effects of the drug in the body wears off. The sexual functions of its male users will return back to normal after the drug has run its course of effects.

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