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Re: Stimulating Antidepressants » Hervé

Posted by Racer on September 30, 2004, at 12:06:08

In reply to Re: Stimulating Antidepressants, posted by Hervé on September 30, 2004, at 2:24:17

I understand your reluctance to take something known for sexual side effects, since I've experienced them, too. Have you tried mitigating them, rather than trying to avoid drugs that might cause them?

When I took Effexor, I did experience anorgasmia, but my doctor prescribed an old anti-histimine called cyproheptidine, which fixed it for me. It works for some people, not for others. Basically, it blocks the serotonin receptors temporarily, so the sexual side effects go away for as long as the drug is working. Once the drug wears off, the anti-depressant goes back to working normally. In other words, it counter-acts the sexual side effects, but only as long as the cyproheptidine is working. That's about four hours, not enough to interfere with the anti-depressant treatment.

If it's the choice between having to plan ahead for sex, so that you can take a little pill twenty or thirty minutes ahead of time, or not treating the depression, I choose the cyproheptidine and treating the depression. That's a personal choice, though, that everyone needs to make based on personal priorities.

I do hope that information helps, though, and I'm sorry things are so limited for you. That's very rough.




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