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    Old 05-24-2004, 06:39 PM   #1
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    Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

    Hi,

    I am having an extremely high libido that is disrupting my work and need to focus. Unsuccessful at all methods of self control, I consulted a physician and started on Lexapro 10mg today, hoping to reduce my libido dramatically. I have a few questions.

    1) Should I ask for Prozac or Zoloft instead, since they have more reports and stronger effectiveness at decreasing libido?

    2) I took the first pill of Lexapro today and felt nothing changed. How long may I begin to feel the decreased libido, and how much reduction might I feel?

    3) Any other tips? Thank you.

     
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    Old 05-24-2004, 06:42 PM   #2
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    Re: Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

    By the way, my main goal is to lower sexual desire, not function. However, I don't mind decrease in function, since there are times I get erections when I don't want to. But lowering sexual desire is my primary goal. Thanks!

     
    Old 05-25-2004, 06:18 AM   #3
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    Re: Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

    No one is responding.
    I felt like updating you. It's almost 24 hrs of taking the drug. I usually wake up with an incredibly bulging and uncomfortable erection and feeling aroused, but this morning I didn't have any of that. As I sit here, the libido is so much reduced.

    Unfortunately, I also gained an erectile and ejaculatory dysfunction. But I can now focus more on the grander scheme of life than what led Kobe Bryant to his possible doom.

    This is a magic pill for any one who feels overly sexual!!!

     
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    Re: Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

    I think you're feeling a placebo effect. There's no way Lexapro could have that strong an effect in only 24 hours. It takes 2-6 weeks to take fulleffect, and if there is sexual dysfunction it usually sets in after that.

    All SSRIs have the potential to decrease libido and/or function, but there is no guarantee that any of them will do it. I find antidepressants do improve my concentration, in any case, so it may help you whether it affects your sex drive or not.
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    Old 05-25-2004, 08:27 AM   #5
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    Re: Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

    Hi. Thank you for the replies.

    I am male, so any other ideas?

    Although I understand this could be placebo effect, I doubt that is the case. Here are my reasons:
    1) I never ever wake up without an erection. The fact that I found myself limp immediately after I woke up signifies it is a physiological response more than psychological.
    2) Reading that only 6% reported reduced libido for Lexapro, I was highly skeptical, even afraid the drug will have no effect on me. I am usually a skeptical person, not gullible, and never trust anyone or anything.
    3) I normally have an erection and orgasm easily in the morning to the point where I get an erection even when I am avoiding having one (relatives around). I found it very difficult even when I tried to have one today, as in getting stimulated by significant other and visiting porn sites (I usually get an erection within 1 sec getting touched or seeing porn), but I can barely get it. I've never felt this way before, and cannot attribute this solely to psychological reasons. There's definitely a physiological cause and it feels great!

    Do you guys recommend switching to Prozac or Paxil because of price and/or potency for my desired effect? Is there anything cheaper than Lexapro? Lexapro is so expensive!

     
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    Re: Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

    I just tried having sex to see how things are. It is more difficult to get an erection, but not much longer if properly stimulated. I am taking longer to orgasm, and when I orgasm no sperm comes out. The orgasm is also not as strong, although I do feel a weak peak that feels somewhat like an orgasm and then I begin losing arousal while continuing. This orgasm feels really strange, somewhat scary, but I am completely satisfied overall.

    This drug is fantastic for what I'm trying to achieve in life. Yes, I am able to concentrate much better on my work now. For those who have sexual dysfunction from antidepressant, is this okay in the long run? How about for a person like me?

     
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    Re: Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

    Hard to say, since depressed people so frequently have a low sex drive in the first place. Yes, it's OK for long-term.

    You could be getting sick, too. My ex used to always know he was getting sick if he woke up without an erection. (It's normal for men to wake up with an erection, BTW. It happens to most of you.)
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    Old 05-25-2004, 09:15 AM   #8
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    Yup, I agree about most men waking up with erections. I've never been bothered by it (except that often I can't fall back asleep with a bulging erection). Often when I awake with the erection, I feel aroused without any stimulus.

    I agree that usually when I am sick, flu and such, I almost never get an erection. However, I'm not sick at all right now, and haven't been for awhile. I don't even have a cold, clogged nose, or sneezing or coughing. Thanks for the response.

     
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    Re: Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

    Well, if you think it's working for you, keep taking it. There aren't any harmful long-term effects.
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    Old 05-26-2004, 01:05 AM   #10
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    Re: Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

    I noticed that I can no longer ejaculate. I can reach what might be an semi-orgasm, but nothing comes out. That's scaring me a bit. Will long term lack of ejaculating sperm build up sperm in my testicles and cause my sperm to deform? I want to have kids someday. Thank you.

     
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    Re: Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

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    I noticed that I can no longer ejaculate. I can reach what might be an semi-orgasm, but nothing comes out. That's scaring me a bit. Will long term lack of ejaculating sperm build up sperm in my testicles and cause my sperm to deform? I want to have kids someday. Thank you.
    I think the body can reabsorb excess sperm if it doesn't get ejaculated.

     
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    you might want to look up triptorelin (decapeptyl-cr) - if your experiencing urges or compulsions with your libido that you find difficult to control. Triptorelin is used primarily in prostrate cancer treatment since it lowers testrosterone in the body - however it is also used in treating sex offenders. Bascially it is understood that in most cases - sex offenders have underlying personality disorder regarding anti social behaviors and narcistic tendencies towards gratifaction of self with little regard to consequences. Don't know if this is the case with you - but you do - worth looking into if that is the case if you feel you might end up in jail because of sex drive.

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    Old 05-27-2004, 12:39 PM   #13
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    Re: Taking Antidepressant to reduce libido, HELP!!!

    Thank you. I will ask my physician about this. However, I doubt he will be willing to prescribe this to me, since I am not compulse to break the law or even cheat. I just feel it is distracting me from my work, so I'm sure the physician will only be willing to work out a low key regimen for me. The antidepressant is working well for me regarding this issue, and I don't feel any side effects.

    Thank you Strangeman.

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    you might want to look up triptorelin (decapeptyl-cr) - if your experiencing urges or compulsions with your libido that you find difficult to control. Triptorelin is used primarily in prostrate cancer treatment since it lowers testrosterone in the body - however it is also used in treating sex offenders. Bascially it is understood that in most cases - sex offenders have underlying personality disorder regarding anti social behaviors and narcistic tendencies towards gratifaction of self with little regard to consequences. Don't know if this is the case with you - but you do - worth looking into if that is the case if you feel you might end up in jail because of sex drive.

     
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