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Multiple Sclerosis: Treating Sexual Problems With Medicines


Topic Overview

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can cause sexual problems that may be helped by medicine.

Men may have difficulty achieving or sustaining an erection, and women may have problems with lubrication. Both men and women may have a low sex drive. Sildenafil (Viagra) has been reported to improve sexual problems for men and women who have MS.1

Other medicines that may improve erectile dysfunction include yohimbine and clomipramine. Medicines may be injected into the penis using a small needle. Mechanical devices also can help.

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  1. Krupp LB, Rizvi SA (2002). Symptomatic therapy for underrecognized manifestations of multiple sclerosis. Neurology: Practical Issues in the Management of Multiple Sclerosis, 58(Suppl 4): S32–S39.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerBarrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology
Last RevisedFebruary 15, 2012

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