The Effects Of Ativan On Sex Drive

Ativan use can reduce your libido, make you drowsy, and increase your risk of erectile dysfunction. In some cases, Ativan can cause increased sex drive.

Ativan (lorazepam) use can be linked to erectile dysfunction, reduced libido, and problems with sexual function. Ativan can also cause sleepiness and a loss of coordination, which can indirectly affect your sex life.

However, some case studies report a link between the use of lorazepam and increased sexual arousal. These studies have a small sample size, and further research is likely needed.

Ativan can be prescribed to thousands of Ohio residents yearly to treat anxiety disorders. More residents may abuse Ativan for its sedative effects. If you or a partner struggle with sexual dysfunction and take benzodiazepines frequently, you can talk to your doctor.

Sexual Side Effects Of Ativan

Ativan use can affect your sex life by causing:

  • erectile dysfunction (problems with maintaining an erection or ejaculation)
  • decreased desire to have sex
  • drowsiness
  • sedation
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)

These adverse effects of Ativan abuse can directly affect your sexual performance. Ativan can also affect your general mental health and well-being, which can indirectly affect your sexual health.

How Ativan Can Affect Sexual Health

Benzodiazepines such as Ativan affect gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in your brain. In high amounts, GABA produces a calming effect and reduces brain activity, including sexual function.

However, Ativan also increases dopamine levels in your brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter linked to increased sexual arousal and overall motivation.

Since Ativan can affect brain functions that both inhibit and promote sexual activity, you may experience both positive and negative sexual effects while taking Ativan. However, research about Ativan and sexual function is limited, and further studies are needed.

Anti-Anxiety Drug Addiction Treatment In Ohio

Benzodiazepines such as Ativan (lorazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), and Valium (diazepam) can treat anxiety in the short term. 

However, benzodiazepines are not prescribed for long-term use in Ohio. Your sexual health and overall health may be at risk if you abuse benzodiazepines or take them for long periods of time.

If you, your spouse, or a partner experience sexual side effects while taking benzodiazepines, you can talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you find out which anti-anxiety drugs are right for you. Your dose schedule can also be adjusted.

If sexual side effects occur when taking benzodiazepines illegally, you may be referred to a substance abuse treatment program. To learn about our prescription drug abuse treatment options, please contact us today.

  1. Cambridge Core
  2. Food and Drug Administration
  3. National Library of Medicine: StatPearls

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: August 21, 2023

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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