Experimental research on the topic of aphrodisiacs is a relatively new concept. Much of the research in recent years has focused on substances that have the capacity to diminish sexual arousal/function. It seems logical that if there are drugs that can inhibit sexual arousal, there must be drugs that can stimulate it as well. Promising research has also been done in animal studies. These clearly indicate that many drugs function chemically to alter sexual arousal/performance.
This paper specifically outlines the effects of alcohol on a person at varying blood alcohol levels. Effects of short term and long term abuse are mentioned as well as its effects on sexuality.
This report wonderfully defines aphrodisiacs and then gives the reader a good summary of the current theories regarding their existence. It explains the placebo effect as well as current animal studies.
This study reports that 20% of males given yohimbine in recent studies responded with an erection for unknown reasons.
The article states, "yohimbine may be a true aphrodisiac since it increases arousal in sexually experienced male rats, facilitates copulatory behavior...in sexually naive males, and induces sexual activity in males that were previously sexually inactive".
This is a review of prior research on the influence of marihuana on human sexual behavior.
Three case reports are presented to illustrate the prosexual effects of trazodone. The doctor reports that she had never had a patient who acknowledged an increase in libido while taking an antidepressant other than trazodone.
The definition of aphrodisiac is expanded to include an enhanced subjective pleasure of sexual experience. Pharmacological agents are examined.
Nitrous Oxide was found to enhance sexual arousal and intensify the effect of sexual fantasy, possibly by stimulating the endogenous opiate system. When naloxone is administered just before orgasm, it can either enhance or inhibit orgasm.
This is a case report on the side effects associated with fluoxetine. This subject repeatedly experienced multiple orgasms associated with clitoral engorgement in the absence of voluntary sexual stimulation.
This is a review of many of the pharmacologic agents with potential to directly influence sexual response. It covers both human and animal studies as well as providing a critical evaluation of each agent.
Provides a detailed section on the effects of pharmacological and hormonal processes. Antipsychotics, antidepressants, and recreational drugs are just a few of the drugs mentioned. Their effects on sexual function are explained.
This book covers the whole sexual arousal domain from historical background of contemporary research to male and female sexual dysfunctions. Chapter 12 is completely devoted to drug effects on sexual function.