I'm 18 and on antidepressants (just started). I know it can cause ed but I have notice even before taking antidepressants my erections are not strong. Will a diagnosis of ed go on my medical records? I'm a little embarrassed that if it does my parents will find out. I'm also on adderall xr 20mg and the antidepressant I'm on is effexor xr 75mg.
You are an adult, your parents have no right to be in your medical record or be told anything from your doctor, in fact your doctor cannot legally give them information without your permission. If the ED is a side effect of meds, it might be on, but not as if it was a diagnosis.
Hi, anything to do with your medical history will be recorded in your notes/records. As Kaismama has said, because you are 18 all of you medical records are confidential, the only way your parents will know about the ed (or anything else) is if you choose to tell them. Don't be embarrassed though - everyone experiences side effects from medications - especially anti-depressants!
Stimulants like Adderrall and antidepressants like Effexor both can cause erectile dysfunctions. It could be, since you had some trouble before the antidepressant, that the stimulant was causing a bit of ED but once you also added the antidepressant, it really contributed to the ED. This is not unusual at all. It may help to adjust the levels of the medications. Sometimes side effects like these can be dose dependant. As the others have said, since you are an adult now, your Dr should not be able to share any information with your parents without your consent. In fact, as soon as you turned 18, your first visit with your Dr after your birthday, they should have had you sign all new papers, as your old records were all most likely signed by your parents when you were a minor and therefore not applicable anymore.
Usually they have a portion on there for you to sign if you would like to share your health information with anyone else (sometimes spouses like to sign each other in this area so that the Dr can talk to a wife or husband about the others condition since legally, he/she cant, unless they give this permission) so if you do not want anyone else to know any of your health information you can note this on the chart until you decide at some point to change it. This can be done in writing but sometimes, in some instances, it can be verbal. Even if you are on your parents insurance, they cannot release any protected information like diagnosis. You parents may see that you have visited a certain Dr on the insurance explanation of benefits (or EOB) but it wont have any diagnosis on there, just the Drs name, the dates you visited a Dr and payments received by the Dr from your insurance company along with what amounts were billed to the insurance company. If you want to be sure, ask for a copy of the HIPPA laws from your Drs office. If they havent had you sign new papers, you may need to remind them that you are now 18 and you would like to sign your own release of information, permission to be examined, and HIPPA paperwork, etc.
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