Anti-depressants have been used to treat depression since the 1950s and are wildly popular, used by as many as 10% of the U.S. population. In many cases, the antidepressant medications were first developed to relieve symptoms of other diseases, such as epilepsy, when it was discovered through clinical trials and studies that they also benefited individuals with certain defective mood disorders, especially depression. The essential duty of anti-depressants is to alter a patient’s brain chemistry in such a way that it relieves symptoms of depression. They are often prescribed for use over the long term and often take as long as 4-6 weeks to reach full therapeutic levels.
Physicians and researchers have observed an association between the use of anti-depressants and the occurrence of Low T. Although anti-depressants are associated with numerous potential side-effects, the link between anti-depressants and Low-T remains a mystery to researchers. Scientists caution that correlation does not equal causality; they believe it is possible that Low-T causes depression, which in turn motivates men to use antidepressants.
The bottom line? Scientists do not know if antidepressants cause Low-T however, they have overwhelming evidence of a strong association.