Methylphenidate and SSRI-Induced Sexual Side Effects

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Letter to the Editor

Sir: We were interested to read “Methylphenidate Augmentation of Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitors: A Case Series” and would like to raise the issue of the role of sexual functioning in the treatment of depression. Not only can the addition of methylphenidate to an SSRI boost the antidepressant action, but it may also relieve sexual dysfunction caused by SSRI therapy. Sexual dysfunction due to SSRIs is a common, well-described side effect that can lead to noncompliance.

J Clin Psychiatry 1996;57(11):548 [letter]