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Re: I just can't live this way (meds vs. sex).

Posted by NeilKramer on April 9, 2005, at 8:22:04

In reply to I just can't live this way (meds vs. sex)., posted by abitscared on April 6, 2005, at 6:12:21

Have you tried Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis? A lot of people are helped by those. I know on Zoloft they helped me. On Lexapro, I still had anorgasmia with Viagra. 80 mg of Celexa is a high dose. You might do better with Paxil or Zoloft. Celexa and Lexapro usually are only for mild depression, and you get a better serotonin boost from Paxil and Zoloft (the best as far as serotonin for SSRI's, according to my pdoc). Prozac is in between those as far as serotonin effectiveness.

Also, I'm finding amazing results for depression and anxiety through amino acid supplements. If you look on alternative psychobabble, Larry Hoover is a great resource and has written a lot about the subject. L-Tryptophan (not 5-htp) might be very effective in your situation, combined with some magnesium and vitamin B6, instead of the SSRI. Eric Braverman MD and Julia Ross MA are two of the numerous writers you can find on Amazon who write about amino acids. You could also make an appointment to see a naturopath after you do some research.

I hope this helps. I'd try Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis, before you try anything, if you think the Celexa is effective. It's a real dillemna. I thought I had it figured out with Ginkgo but it only worked for a short time. Apparently, your body quickly buiilds up a tolerance to Gingko.

> I'm a gay male.
> I was on Celexa (80 mg/day), and things were going OK. I was celibate, so no big deal. But then, after 34 years of self-hatred, I started to feel dateable. I started building the social life I never had. A lot of this was due to my meds. I also take Depakote (2250 mg/day) and meds for hypertension and a thyroid issue. Anyway, I had major roblems with anorgasmia, but not erectile dsyfunction.
> I've tried going off the Celexa, and that totally fixed the anorgasmia thing, but then I fell apart. What it boils down to is that I keep trying my meds and not being able to have sex, then going off my meds and becoming an emotional basketcase. Neither situation is conducive to a good relationship or dating situation.
> I've tried Wellbutrin instead of Celexa. The anorgasmia got a little better, but not fully. Also, the Wellbutrin was not working for my depression. I've tried Gingko Biloba, with no success. Has anyone tried arginine? (ArginMax?)
> Anyway, if I'm on my meds, I'm well enough to attract a guy, but I'm horrible in the sack, and that sure doesn't want to make anyone stick around. Also, "discussing" the issue and explaing your depression and med use isn't so attractive to a potential new partner either.
> I don't know what to do. There's this guy I really like, but there are some emotional issues on my part. If I take my meds, I can handle these issues and be somewhat likeable, but then I can't perform. So, I go off the meds (because I want to please him) and I totally freak out and show him what a weirdo I am emotionally.
> I can't live like this. Are there even any REAL treatments being developed for this anorgasmia from SSRIs?




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