Increased Libido Side Effect

Increased libido means an increase in sexual desire.

At first glance it may seem that increased sexual desire is a positive effect or "pleasurable" side effect. However, an extremely high sex drive (known as hypersexuality) can interfere with lives and careers and have serious consequences:

  • Difficulties at work
  • Serious relationship problems.
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Inadequate self-esteem

Medications that enhances dopamine neurotransmission are often associated with increased sexual desire6.

Drug Incidence
AndroGel Rare
Aripiprazole (Abilify®)13 < 1%
Bupropion (Wellbutrin®)8, 9 Bupropion has pro-sexual effects, including increased libido, intensity of orgasm, and arousal. May work as an antidote for drug-induced sexual dysfunction.
Cabergoline (Dostinex®)10 < 10%
Campral Infrequent
Celexa Infrequent
Clozapine < 1%
Clozaril < 1%
Depo-Provera < 1%
Donepezil (Aricept®)4 1% to 10%
Effexor Infrequent
Exelon Infrequent
FazaClo < 1%
Gabitril Infrequent
Gengraf 1% to 3%
Haldol Decanoate
Klonopin Infrequent
Lamictal Rare
Lotensin < 1%
Methylphenidate (Concerta®, Ritalin®)5 raises dopamine levels
Methyltestosterone (Testred®)
Namenda Infrequent
Neoral 1% to 3%
Paxil Rare
Permax Infrequent
Pramipexole (Mirapex®)14
Lansoprazole (Prevacid®, Prevpac®) < 1%
Prozac Infrequent
Rasagiline (Azilect®)7
Reminyl Infrequent
Requip Infrequent
Rilutek Infrequent
Risperidone (Risperdal®)11 Infrequent
Quetiapine (Seroquel®)3 Infrequent
Symbyax Rare
Tasmar Infrequent
Topamax Rare
Trazodone may increase sexual desire in both men and women1, 2
Xanax 1% to 10%
Zoloft Rare


Aphrodisiac herbs

List of herbal supplements, that can stimulate sexual desire and performance, and increase pleasure15:

  • Tribulus terrestrins
  • Chlorophytum borivilianum
  • Withania somnifera
  • Panax ginseng
  • Eurycoma longifolia
  • Avena sativa
  • Ginko biloba
  • Myristica fragrans


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  • 2. Gartrell N. Increased libido in women receiving trazodone. Am J Psychiatry. 1986 Jun;143(6):781-2. PubMed
  • 3. Menon A, Williams RH, Watson S. Increased libido associated with quetiapine. J Psychopharmacol. 2006 Jan;20(1):125-7. PubMed
  • 4. Segrec N, Zaman R, Pregelj P. Increased libido associated with donepezil treatment: a case report. Psychogeriatrics. 2016 Jan;16(1):70-2. PubMed
  • 5. Schmid Y1, Hysek CM1, Preller KH, et al. Effects of methylphenidate and MDMA on appraisal of erotic stimuli and intimate relationships. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2015 Jan;25(1):17-25 PubMed
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  • 7. Reyes D, Kurako K, Galvez-Jimenez N. Rasagiline induced hypersexuality in Parkinson's disease. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Mar;21(3):507-8. PubMed
  • 8. Labbate LA. Bupropion-SR-induced increased libido and spontaneous orgasm. Can J Psychiatry. 1998 Aug;43(6):644-5.
  • 9. Modell JG, May RS, Katholi CR. Effect of bupropion-SR on orgasmic dysfunction in nondepressed subjects. J Sex Marital Ther. 2000 Jul-Sep;26(3):231-40. PubMed
  • 10. Wittstock M, Benecke R, Dressler D. Cabergoline can increase penile erections and libido. Neurology. 2002 Mar 12;58(5):831. PubMed
  • 11. Xenitidis K, Campbell C, Davidson CK, Johnson T, Jansen K. Risperidone-induced hypersexuality. Br J Psychiatry. 2013 Sep;203(3):233 PubMed
  • 12. Both S, Everaerd W, Laan E, Gooren L. Effect of a single dose of levodopa on sexual response in men and women. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2005 Jan;30(1):173-83. PubMed
  • 13. Schlachetzki JC, Langosch JM. Aripiprazole induced hypersexuality in a 24-year-old female patient with schizoaffective disorder? J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2008 Oct;28(5):567-8.
  • 14. Moore TJ, Glenmullen J, Mattison DR.Reports of pathological gambling, hypersexuality, and compulsive shopping associated with dopamine receptor agonist drugs. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Dec;174(12):1930-3. PubMed
  • 15. Malviya N, Jain S, Gupta VB, Vyas S. Recent studies on aphrodisiac herbs for the management of male sexual dysfunction. Acta Pol Pharm. 2011 Jan-Feb;68(1):3-8.

Published: September 01, 2016
Last updated: December 16, 2017


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