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Neurological Sciences

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 269–270 | Cite as

Effect of citalopram in treating hypersexuality in an Alzheimer’s Disease case

  • Giuseppe TostoEmail author
  • Giuseppina Talarico
  • Gian Luigi Lenzi
  • Giuseppe Bruno
Case Report

Abstract

Hypersexuality in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has been rarely investigated. Hypersexual behaviours should be classified as a sexual obsession and included in the “obsessive-compulsive disorder-like” spectrum. Hypersexuality has no proven treatment, although reports have described reductions of this behaviour using antiandrogen treatment, H2-receptor antagonists and antipsychotic drugs. Serotonin reuptake blockers seem to be effective in the treatment of sexual obsessions or compulsions and less on paraphilic disturbances. We present the case of a 54-year-old male patient with Alzheimer’s disease with compulsive sexual behaviour as reported by his wife. A 18-FDG PET scan evidenced prevalent hypometabolism of the right hemisphere, congruent with neuropsychological evaluation. Donepezil, 10 mg per day, produced cognitive improvement but no effects on sexual behaviour. Therapy with SSRI was subsequently started (citalopram): after 60 days, the patient showed improvement in both the compulsive pursuit of sex acts and the level of frustration when refused.

Keywords

Hypersexuality Alzheimer’s disease SSRI 

Sommario

Presentiamo il caso clinico di un uomo affetto da demenza di Alzheimer presentante un disturbo della condotta sessuale di tipo ossessivo-compulsivo (ipersessualità) e studiato con strumenti clinico-neuropsicologico e 18-FDG PET. Esistono pochi studi in letteratura su tale disturbo ed in particolare sulle opzioni di trattamento. L’uso di inibitori dell’acetilcolinesterasi non ha prodotto risultati: l’introduzione in terapia di SSRI ha invece notevolmente ridotto il disturbo e portato ad un miglior controllo delle reazioni emotive associate.

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© Springer-Verlag Italia 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Tosto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Giuseppina Talarico
    • 1
  • Gian Luigi Lenzi
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Bruno
    • 1
  1. 1.“Clinica della Memoria”, Department of Neurological Science La Sapienza” RomeViale dell’Università 30RomeItaly

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