Posted Tue Aug 25, 2009 01:46 PM
I was just curious what some peoples experiences with anti-depressants and sex have been.
I had a chronic pain condition for about a year, (didn't effect the act of sex at all, just constant pain in my leg) and about 6 months into it I went onto anti-depressants to help with the sadness I felt from the pain.
I was prescribed citolopram. It increased my sex stamina by about 1 million. I had a girlfriend through the entire ordeal, and the citolopram majorly increased my stamina. as well as helped a ton with my sadness. Before it i was pretty much all over the place on how long i would last.
It made me feel wonderful that I could make my partner feel so good by lasting so long. like 30-45 minutes, and that was if i was trying to finish!!
I now no longer have the pain, but I have kept on the anti depressants for mood and for the sexual side effects.
I know not lasting long enough is a HUGE issue for tons of people, and there is so much advice out there about how to last longer. I thought i would just share my experience. Anyone else have anything to share about this?
Posted Tue Aug 25, 2009 02:18 PM
Thought you might be interested.
Antidepressants may damage more sex lives
By Carey Goldberg
Globe Staff / December 15, 2008
Sexual "numbness." Lack of libido. Arousal that stalls.
Such sexual symptoms have long been known side effects of the popular Prozac class of antidepressants, but a growing body of research suggests that they are far more common than previously thought, perhaps affecting half or more of patients.
And a handful of recent medical and psychological journal articles document a small number of cases in which sexual problems remain even after a patient goes off the drugs.
"This is such an upsetting issue," said Aline Zoldbrod, a Lexington psychologist and sex therapist. "There are people for whom SSRIs are really life-saving, I think, but the idea that someone would have to choose between getting out of the darkness of depression and having a good sex life is horrible."
Current warnings on the labels of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, cite early studies in which the prevalence of sexual side effects was lower: 4 percent for Prozac, for example, and ranging from 0 to 28 percent for Paxil.
But more recent studies, in which patients were more likely to be asked about specific sexual side effects and thus more likely to report them, suggest that the ballpark range of those affected by SSRIs is between 30 percent and 50 percent, said researchers including Dr. Richard Balon, a psychiatry professor at Wayne State University who studies the symptoms.
That would translate into millions of affected sex lives among the estimated 1 in 8 American adults who have tried these antidepressants in the past decade or so.
Posted Tue Aug 25, 2009 08:20 PM
So I think anti depressants are great for what they are meant for when a person needs them either short term or longer term, but as far as a sexual aid to lasting longer it's got way to many other sexual side effects that sorta cancel out the whole lasting longer thing.
Posted Wed Aug 26, 2009 09:55 AM
my personal experience is similar to yours. i was prescribed low dosage prozac to help deal with anger issues. i thought it would make me a steamed veggie as far as my sex drive goes but it didn't impact me much at all. similar to you, it increased my stamina by like 500+%. once off of it, i'm back to 7-10 minute nuts. my girlfriend also enjoyed the additional 40 minutes of sex.
i have a doctor's appointment today, my anger has been pretty bad lately, maybe i should not have stopped the medication.. that's two good reasons to take it.
the key is the dosage. a low dosage will give you some chemical effect in addition to a natural placebo effect.
edit: i can not vouch for other medications, i've only used 10mg prozac
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