Chantix Sexual Side Effects
It is possible to develop sexual side effects while taking Chantix. Sexual side effects may include decreased libido and impotence. Clinical studies show that sexual problems are an infrequent side effect of the drug, although the exact percentage of people who developed these problems was not reported. If you develop any Chantix sexual side effects, your healthcare provider may recommend treatments or adjust your dosage.
Chantix™ (varenicline tartrate), like many medications, can cause certain sexual side effects. Some of these possible sexual side effects include:
Chantix and Decreased Sex Drive
In studies, decreased sex drive (also known as libido) was one of the infrequent Chantix side effects, although the exact percentage of people who developed this problem was not reported. Usually, when side effects are reported as "infrequent," it means that they occurred in between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 people taking the medication.
Chantix and Impotence
Impotence is also an infrequent side effect of Chantix. This is often defined as a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Ultimately, impotence is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. The exact percentage of men who experienced impotence while taking Chantix was not reported.
It is impossible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will develop any of these Chantix sexual side effects. Also, if a person does develop sexual side effects, it is difficult to know whether these problems are caused by Chantix or by other problems.
If you develop sexual side effects while taking Chantix, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to recommend treatment options. Depending on the severity of the problem, he or she may also recommend that you adjust your Chantix dosage or try another treatment.