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Lexapro and Abnormally High Sex Drive?

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Old 12-28-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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Lexapro and Abnormally High Sex Drive?

Quick timeline: I began taking Lexapro when I was 13, then stopped for a year while I was 14/15, then I continued it for another 2.5 years. I have had to go back to taking it again this year (I'm 22).

Since I've been taking Lexapro this time around, I've noticed that I'm more frequently aroused. At first, I thought it was because I was recovering from my rather severe depression but it's gotten more intense. I know some people lose their libido with SSRI use, but that's definitely not the case for me. The difference now is that I am taking 20mg, when before I was only taking 10mg.

The last few weeks, I've been constantly thinking about sex and I have an almost constant semi- to full erection. I try to stop the thoughts and I can do that quite effectively, but it doesn't stop the erections and general aroused "tingling" feeling down there. I can take care of the problem, but it will just come back 10-15 minutes later. I wasn't even this horny when I was a teenager! It's ridiculous!

I'm on Christmas break from school right now so it isn't really an issue because I can deal with the problem since I'm home 24/7 (I live in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do). What makes me nervous is going back to school. I can't be walking around with a constant erection and the continuous sexual thoughts.

Does anyone know what's going on here and/or some way to correct or reduce it?

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Old 12-29-2011, 09:15 AM   #2
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Re: Lexapro and Abnormally High Sex Drive?

Sounds like your mental issue, depression started changing to another course after taking one of SSRIs, Lexapro. Any SSRIs are often bringing up other mental ill, particularly Bipolar if you are pre-possessing it. It occurrs both male and female. In the case of Bipolar, there are several effective meds. to alleviate and live normally without a disturbance of your study/college life.

However, it's hard to rule out, because one of your physical issues might be playing this, not mental one.

Either way, I suggest you to call the psychiatrist who rx'ed the Lexapro telling him/her about your current annoying issue, 'Hyper-Sexuality.'

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