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    Old 08-18-2009, 10:12 AM   #1
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    Tramadol sexual side-effect

    Hi. I have been wanting to ask this question for some time, but was too embarrassed to do so. I think I am having a side effect from tramadol that interferes with "intimacy" with my husband. I know that tramadol is similar in some respects to SSRIs, and I did have the same side effect when I was taking Paxil. I am taking so many medications, that it's hard to know which one it could be, but it seemed to start exactly at the same time I started tramadol.

    I must be feeling particularly bold right now, but if anyone has experience with this, can you let me know if you had a similar effect or have ever heard of this happening?

     
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    Old 08-18-2009, 10:47 AM   #2
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    Re: Tramadol side-effect (for mature viewers only)

    It could be a combination of all the meds....The "cocktail" effect. Or, it could be a chemical reaction between the Tramadol and one of your other meds. If you don't mind me asking, what other meds are you on?

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    Old 08-18-2009, 11:54 AM   #3
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    Re: Tramadol side-effect (for mature viewers only)

    Effexor XR (I have been on this for almost 10 years with no problems)
    Geodon (4 years)
    Sonata (3 years)
    Oxycodone (1 year)
    Kadian (1 year)
    Soma (1.5 years)
    Neurontin (I was curious about this one, too) (1.5 years)
    wanting to wean off tramadol (almost 2 years)
    oral contraceptive (5-6 years)

    It is quite a cocktail indeed.

     
    Old 08-18-2009, 02:27 PM   #4
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    Re: Tramadol side-effect (for mature viewers only)

    I think its definitely a cocktail effect. That is alot of defferent scripts.

    It's a miracle that prior to start Tramadol you still had any mood.

    If I may ask, where you able to very intimate prior to the tramadol, and I don't mean just enough to please your husband, I more mean were you in the mood yourself and eager to be intimate.

    Cause for me I just take opiates and used to take High blood pressure meds and when I started the high blood pressure meds I had to start on Viagra, but even prior I could be intimate enough to satisfy my girl, but I myself did not have a big urge to be intimate. I actually would have preffered to just lay in bed, it was my girl (Ex now, not Ex on this board. LOL) who did all the initiating.

    If that makes sense?

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    Old 08-18-2009, 03:43 PM   #5
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    Re: Tramadol side-effect (for mature viewers only)

    I can get in the mood, I just can't complete the task. (sorry, this seems so personal)

     
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    Re: Tramadol side-effect (for mature viewers only)

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    I can get in the mood, I just can't complete the task. (sorry, this seems so personal)
    I assume you mean climax. If so, this is not unusual, especially for someone who is taking as many meds as you. The LA morphine may be the biggest culprit because it's in your system 24/7 and is very sedating in nature.

    Not sure if you've read my other posts related to how pain meds & etc. s-l-o-w down our systems. They effect the Pit. gland and slow down just about every bodily function....Everything from digestion (i.e constipation) to metabolism, urination, and even sexual function. Pain meds tend to effect men much more negatively for the obvious reason(s). You're inability to finish can be addressed via your Doc. I know you're probably embarrassed to bring it up, but trust me in that he/she has heard it many times over.

    I would start with my OBGYN Doc and then go from there. He/she may refer you to a URO or ENDO, or just handle it themself. There are Viagra type meds for women, and many women are now taking small amts of T supplements to increase their sexual desire and functionality. I would research the topic to see what I mean.

    There is also an FDA approved device called "Eros" as well as OTC creams that may help one become more sensitive. L-Arginine, an amino acid, has scientifically been proven to restore and provide more blood flow to both male and female genitalia, when taken daily in supplement form. It also comes in a cream specifically designed for direct application in order to increase sensitivity. Again, I would do a little research and then discuss all of this with my OBGYN.

    I hope some of this has been helpful. Please let me know if I can help further.

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    Old 08-19-2009, 07:14 PM   #7
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    Re: Tramadol side-effect (for mature viewers only)

    Toonces, to answer your question on Tramadol directly - yes, it can have this effect and I found the same thing. It's in the list of side effects. I can't take SSRIs and Tramadol effects the brain in a similar way. To say that it's the Tramadol only, well, that's difficult and something that only you could know. I found that it basically did me know good at all and i was much better once I was on OC.
    The funny thing was, I didn't notice the intimacy side of things until I had been off it a few months.

    If you're trying to get off it anyway, then I'd do that and if no help, seek some pro help. It is very frustrating when you don't feel like yourself.

    Good luck, and if you feel comfortable, please let us know how you go.

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    Old 08-20-2009, 01:22 PM   #8
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    Re: Tramadol side-effect (for mature viewers only)

    I talked to my OB Gyn. I have a weekly insert cream ( Hormonal type )that helps and he also stated that these meds "numb your pain" so it makes sense it numbs other areas as well.

     
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    Re: Tramadol side-effect (for mature viewers only)

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    he also stated that these meds "numb your pain" so it makes sense it numbs other areas as well.
    Yes....Very few meds are body part specific. For example, decongestants constrict your blood vessels in your nose and sinuses....But, they also constrict all of one's blood vessels, and this is why they often raise one's blood pressure.

    I've read articles recently where some women are being prescribed traditional male sex meds, such as Viagra and Cialis. They work by increasing blood flow to the area, so it stands to reason that it would for women as well. I would discuss all my options with my OBGYN or a URO....And you may need a second opinion. Training in this area can be vastly different for many Doctors.

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    Old 08-20-2009, 07:59 PM   #10
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    Re: Tramadol side-effect (for mature viewers only)

    Yes, I would have to say that tramadol had this effect on me as well. I just could not finish, which was kind of a good thing since I did not have to worry about getting my ex pregnant (although my doc told me that there is a 1/10 of 1% chance that I could have). The only way that I could climax was by doing it myself and going EXTREMELY FAST FOR A LONG TIME (sometimes an hour) No wonder I have such carpal tunnel in the wrists.

    However, I still have the same problem after going off the tramadol although I am on an SSRI (Lexapro) which I had to go on to be able to completely get off the tramadol(Ultram). I ended up with severe depression while titrating down so I guess the tramadol was "treating" the depression while I was taking it. I ALWAYS hated how it made me feel like in a dream world. Anway that's how it is.

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    p.s. Please go VERY VERY slow when titrating down. It took me 3 months to go from 400mg/day to 0.

     
    Old 08-21-2009, 08:51 AM   #11
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    Re: Tramadol side-effect (for mature viewers only)

    Yes I know what you mean about not being able to finish.

    I used to have to take a Viagra before starting with my girl and I would sometimes just not be able to finish.




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