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Effect of Depression and Antidepressants on Sexual Dysfunction in Men with Diabetes: A National Population-Based Cohort Study

Authors Chung PL, Huang CW, Lee MJ, Yang YH, Chen KJ, Lu ML, Weng JC, Chen VCH

Received 18 December 2019

Accepted for publication 9 April 2020

Published 30 April 2020 Volume 2020:16 Pages 1105—1112


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Yuping Ning

Pei-Lun Chung,1 Chien-Wei Huang,2 Min-Jing Lee,1,3 Yao-Hsu Yang,4,5 Ko-Jung Chen,4 Mong-Liang Lu,6 Jun-Cheng Weng,1,7 Vincent Chin-Hung Chen1,3

1Department of Psychiatry, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi Branch, Chiayi, Taiwan; 2Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, and National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan; 3School of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan; 4Health Information and Epidemiology Laboratory, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi Branch, Chiayi, Taiwan; 5Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi Branch, Chiayi, Taiwan; 6Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan; 7Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Correspondence: Vincent Chin-Hung Chen
Department of Psychiatry, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan
Email [email protected]

Purpose: This study explored and compared the effects of depression and antidepressants on sexual dysfunction in men with diabetes mellitus (DM).
Patients and Methods: Patients older than 18 years who had been newly diagnosed with DM (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification [ICD-9-CM] code 250) between 1999 and 2010 were identified from Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database and were followed up until 2013. Patients with preexisting depression or sexual dysfunction were excluded. A total of 636,210 patients with DM were enrolled. These patients were divided into two groups: DM with comorbid depression and a matched cohort without depression. The groups were followed up until the end of 2010 for the first diagnosis of sexual dysfunction (ICD-9-CM codes 302.70, 302.71, 302.72, 302.74, 302.75, 302.76, 302.79, 607.84, and V417). A Cox proportional hazard model and a Cox regression model with time-dependent covariates were applied.
Results: Patients with DM and depression had a higher risk of sexual dysfunction than those with DM without depression (hazard ratio [HR] =  1.44; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.33– 1.55). The risk of sexual dysfunction was lower in the subgroup who used antidepressants (per 28 cumulative defined daily doses [cDDDs]), HR = 0.96; 95% CI, 0.94– 0.97). A significantly lower incidence of sexual dysfunction was also associated with the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, per 28 cDDD). The adjusted HR was 0.95 (95% CI, 0.93– 0.97). Subgroup analysis indicated that SSRI use was significantly associated with an amelioration of erectile dysfunction (per 28 cDDD), with an HR of 0.95 (95% CI, 0.92– 0.97).
Conclusion: Male patients with DM and depression are at increased risk of sexual dysfunction. Antidepressant use had a small inverse association with the risk of sexual dysfunction in men with DM and depression. Antidepressants, in particular SSRIs, did not increase the risk of sexual dysfunction in this population.

Keywords: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, SSRI, sexual functioning, diabetes mellitus, depression

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