Re: 2 questions
I am female, but I do have much experience with antidepressants. If you're on SSRI's like zoloft, paxil, prozac, or celexa, they have a tendency to cause sexual side effects in men and women. Sometimes if you can handle a lower dose, then it'll take care of the problem or you can take drug holiday with permission from your doctor. Other antidepressants like effexor and tricyclics may cause sexual side effects. It's one of those things that you'd have to discuss with your doctor. The two that are least likely to cause sexual side effects would be Welbutrin and Serezone. I've tried both, but had problems with other side effects that never went for me. I'm on zoloft now and I've had no problems. It's very individual when it comes to side effects and antidepressants. You are right, some side effects will go away after time, but if they do cause some distress or disrupt your normal daily activity, you need to talk to your doctor about it. Sometimes they can combine other meds to help counteract the side effects if the meds you are on are indeed working for you. There's a book I borrowed from someone else and it's called: "The Antidepressant Survival Guide". I forgot who it's by, but it's a book that will help change your life style and diet so that you can get the optimum benefits from the antidepressants. I just started to read it recently. Anyway, I just thought I'd put my 2 cents in about that.