July 11, 2012 at 06:22:00
Take a Pill, Kill Your Sex Drive? 6 Reasons Antidepressants Are Misnamed
"Should a drug that produces sexual dysfunction for the majority of users and which doubles the risk of a suicide attempt be labeled as an antidepressant? No, argues a recent Scientifica article "Relabeling the Medications We Call Antidepressants."
The article's authors, David Antonuccio, psychologist at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Nevada School of Medicine, and David Healy, psychiatrist at the Department of Psychological Medicine, Bangor University in the United Kingdom, point out that "to call these medications antidepressants may make sense from a marketing standpoint but may be misleading from a scientific perspective."
They conclude that "it may make just as much sense to call these medications antiaphrodisiacs as antidepressants because the negative effects on libido and sexual functioning are so common.""