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Old 08-18-2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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Sexual side effects from antidepressants

Hi all,
I have taken various SSRIs for anxiety and depression. They help. However, I've noticed decreased sexual drive which is really a shame. Is there anything I can do to enhance sex/offset these side effects? Do stimulants like Ritalin or Aderall help (my dr. has considered adding these anyway because of fatigue). I also take Wellbutrin (with prozac) but it doesnt offset the decreased sex drive. I havent lost interest in sex or sexual sensation, it's just dampened. Is there anything else one can do - foods, exercises, I dont know...please share. And good luck to all of you , depression gets better.

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Old 08-18-2008, 02:35 PM   #2
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Re: Sexual side effects from antidepressants

Have you discussed dropping the Prozac all together? When I was on it, I eventually reached a point where I couldn't achieve orgasm at all. It was so frustrating I gave up on sex, which wasn't good for my marriage. It also made me very lethargic.

I feel great on Wellbutrin alone. My sexual response is even better than when I was in my 20's, and it improved my concentration and energy level.

Exercise also helps a lot. Kegel exercises are very good for women. Get into the habit of doing them everyday, and you'll eventually see a difference.

I took Adderall when I was in grad school, and I don't think it has any effect on sexual feelings.

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Old 08-20-2008, 11:51 AM   #3
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Re: Sexual side effects from antidepressants

Thanks. If it was depression alone, I'd definitely go for wellbutrin alone. But I have OCD, and prozac helps that. It's frustrating though because I still really want and enjoy sex, but it's not the same. So Im wondering how to keep the anxiety/ocd at bay while also being able to have a normal sex life again
any thoughts?

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Re: Sexual side effects from antidepressants

Hi Meredith.
A tip my family doc suggested that helps: Let's say you are planning to have sex on saturday night. Then on thursday, take your regular dose of the SSRI. Friday, take half of it. Saturday, skip the SSRI altogether. Then start back with full dosage again starting on sunday. You will have to test it to see how often you can do this.

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Re: Sexual side effects from antidepressants

Skipping doses or halfing doses is a recipe for chaos and would send your body into withdrawal mode. There needs to be a better and safer way then messing with your medication. I saw that women who use Viagra to overcome sexual side effects so maybe ask your doctor about that.

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Re: Sexual side effects from antidepressants

I take zoloft and lamacital and also have problems with decreased sexual sensation. My doctor also recommends skipping the day's dose of zoloft (not lamactial) if we are planning sex that night. It does ruin a bit of the spontinaity but it does help to 'remind' my body for when things happen spontaneiously too. I am on a low dose...

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