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Old 03-06-2005, 08:45 PM   #1
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Low Sex Drive..BP or Meds?

Is anyone else experiencing a very low sex drive with themselves or a loved one who has Bipolar Disorder?

or...maybe it's the meds I'm taking...or a combination of the two.

I'm taking Depakote 1500mg/day & Klonopin 1mg per day.

If anyone can shed some light on this topic I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks, T

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Old 03-07-2005, 01:25 AM   #2
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Re: Low Sex Drive..BP or Meds?

I wish I had some advice for you. I know when I am down, I don't want to do ANYTHING! Otherwise, I'm all for it. I am the first to blame meds for anything so I'm probably not the one to listen to -lol! Good luck! I'm sure someone else will help you better than I. Lori

Old 03-07-2005, 05:32 AM   #3
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Re: Low Sex Drive..BP or Meds?

My gf who is bp throughout our relationship has made comments here and there that I would be having so much more fun if she weren't on her meds. She says that her meds really dampen her sex drive.

Old 03-07-2005, 06:05 AM   #4
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Troy, that is one of my favorite subjects !!!

I am male. Are you (the name implies it) ???

My chemical heritage seems to dictate sexual urge to the point of death. So it was with my father. So it is with my brother. So sayeth they unto Izaiah...

I also did Dep (up to 4000mg/day) and Klonopin (up to 4mg/day) along with zoloft (up to 400mg/day). Those became the "limits" when the Pdoc failed to have any degree of success going down "that" path...

During those months (about 9 of them), my wife noted ONE particular thing.

Instead of being ready any time and any place (which I still was) - I no longer cared to put up with manipulative BS for the promise of sex.

THAT was the major change. Indifference !!!

I had been led down the primrose path too many times... If you do this or stop doing that, then I'll perform x, y and or z... She NEVER did her part after I did mine ~ so the meds helped me say HEY, forget you ~ I don't care to be manipulated like that, so pardon me while I make a date with the bar of Zest in the shower (or some such response)...

That's it !!!

Old 03-07-2005, 09:24 AM   #5
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Re: Low Sex Drive..BP or Meds?


I know that with the many meds I have tried before, any of them that hinted at a possibility of sexual side effects really slowed me down. Sad to say this was a side effect that my husband liked when we were still together. He had the drive of a cashew.

On the other hand, just being depressed can affect interest in everything, including sex.

Differentiating between what is meds, and what is just the direction of the wind blowing in moods is always tricky. Did this change come along soon after starting a new med or a dosage change? That can be a good clue.

Good luck.


Old 03-07-2005, 10:26 AM   #6
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Re: Low Sex Drive..BP or Meds?

Originally Posted by loopyturtle

He had the drive of a cashew.
I am dying laughing!!!!

Old 03-07-2005, 12:21 PM   #7
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Re: Low Sex Drive..BP or Meds?

Oh, yeah, and Mania . . .

I love the way you put things . . . I'm still laughing about the zest thing . . .LOL


Old 03-07-2005, 12:46 PM   #8
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Re: Low Sex Drive..BP or Meds?

When I was on Paxil I had a very low sex drive all the time and when I did have sex I couldn't, you know, 'finish'. I am on Effexor now and I am back to normal. When I am depressed I am definatly not thinking of sex but when I am manic, bring it on baby!

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