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    Old 07-10-2008, 11:36 PM   #1
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    Lexapro and Sexual Side Effects

    Hello, first off I am new to these boards and am a 20 y/o active male in college. I started taking Lexapro 10 MG around half a year ago. First couple months it worked wonders and everything was going well. I increased the dosage to 15 MG about 3 months ago because I felt it could help a little better. It worked well until about a month ago.

    I then recently started encountering the sexual side effects my doctor warned about. Last week I couldn't get hard all the way to a gorgeous woman I am really attracted to. I couldn't even have intercourse with her because I just couldn't get fully erect. We had been trying the past week, including all the tricks in the book. I even one night tried for the first time a whole pill of viagra. That didn't work at all either.

    However, I went to my doctor today to talk about it. She suggested taking Welbutrin with it and/or lowering the dosage on the Lexapro. So I did that and just got a prescription of Budeprion 150 mg and am starting to take only 5 MG of Lexapro.

    Has anyone else had this problem and found any results that worked? Has anyone taken Budeprion with Lexapro and found that it increased your sex drive? Just wondering if there's anything else I can do to help this and other people's changes that worked! Hope there's someone that can help out there.

    A 20 y/o worried about his sex drive !

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    Old 07-13-2008, 08:11 PM   #2
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    Re: Lexapro and Sexual Side Effects

    I'm going through the same thing. I was on 10mg of Lexapro for about 3 months and at first it seemed my sex drive was low but then it came back. I started 20mg about 2 months ago and my sex drive is gone!!! It is driving me crazy because i'm with someone special and I would have for him to want to leave me because of this. I haven't talked to my doctor about it yet but i'm scared to start mixing meds or to even change meds completely because the Lexapro works so well for my anxiety. Sorry I don't have any advice on what to do but just so you know you're not alone. Let me know if anything works for you.

    Old 07-17-2008, 10:20 PM   #3
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    Nobody can help here ?

    Old 07-19-2008, 10:55 PM   #4
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    Re: Lexapro and Sexual Side Effects

    The Wellbutrin is a common fix for SSRI sexual issues.
    My own Dr doesn't believe in taking a med to deal with another med's side effects so he just kept changing the SSRI -Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa and now Lexapro and for me the Lexapro cured the problem. May be time to flip to another SSRI. Each one is different enough that they should still fix the anxiety but give you a fresh shot at dodging the ED that sometimes goes with it.
    With Wellbutrin you might be able to knock back your Lexapro to the previous dosage as well which might be the trick. Wellbutrin is anti depressant and is the same stuff as the Zyban stop smoking RX. Don't stress over it anyways. My bet is the Wellbutrin will fix your issues.

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    Old 07-20-2008, 09:21 AM   #5
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    I took lexapro for 3 years and when I started struggling sexually I lowered the dosage on the lexapro and that helped tons. Also, taking vitamin c and e will help increase blood flow to that area. The bad thing about the wellbutrin is the side affects of weight gain and dependency which you don't see on the lexapro. The lexapro actually has the least side effects to it. Hope this helps.

    Old 07-20-2008, 01:15 PM   #6
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    Re: Lexapro and Sexual Side Effects

    Thanks for the replies !

    I am still taking the 5 mg of lexapro and 150 mg pill of budeprion daily. Still can't get fully hard enough to have intercourse, but i can orgasm. Hopefully the budeprion will kick in within this next week or so and I can be fully functional again!

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