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  1. Hi, I was hospitalized after a bipolar episode and given a mood stablizer and olanzapine(Zyprexa) for the 3 weeks I stayed there. After being released, I was switched to risperidone for 3 or so months, I experienced extreme sexual dysfunction while on it that has not gone away since I discontinued it two months ago. I have erectile dysfunction to the point of not being able to get a semi erection for more than a few seconds before it becomes flaccid again, if I do orgasm then it's weak and premature. I thought that these effects were only for the duration of taking the medicine, I didn't expect them to continue 2 months after discontinuing it, I checked my testosterone and it's low which might explain the low libido. Please help me, I feel like I've been castrated because of this medicine, it's been driving me to the point of being suicidal and making me more depressed. I just want to live a normal life again and feel pleasure as I once did before. I've only found other stories of people who haven't recovered from this which scares me. Thanks
  2. Hello everyone! I've been noticing a lot of sexual dysfunction with the medications that I'm taking right now: oxcarbazepine, fluoxetine, loxapine, lisdexamfetamine. I'm inclined to think that it's the fluoxetine that's causing it. I have very little if any libido. I have difficulties getting an erection and if somehow I do manage to get one, keeping it up is even more problematic. And climaxes are....well....anti-climactic to say the least. I've only noticed sexual dysfunction this bad when I was on Lexapro. The only SSRI I ever took that really didn't cause any sexual dysfunction was Viibryd if I recall correctly. But Viibryd gave me a hyper-active GI and diarrhea. I don't think I can tolerate that again just to deal with sexual dysfunction. So I'm coming on here to ask those who take Trintellix if they feel that there is less sexual dysfunction compared to other serotonergic drugs that they have taken like the other SSRIs. Also would like to say that I feel like loxapine and lisdexamfetamine definitely help my libido. I notice it when I go up on loxapine especially. There's a theory in the psychiatric community that sexual dysfunction can be tempered with 5HT1A agonism or 5HT2A antagonism. Currently, loxapine does antagonize 5HT2A but it is also a minor antagonist at 5HT1A as opposed to agonist. I'm wondering if the 5HT1A agonism from Trintellix might do me some good. Also, I'm not open to switching the loxapine to something with 5HT1A agonism. The loxapine has to stay. The antidepressant is up for negotiation. Looking forward to everyone's thoughts.
  3. Hello, I'm 25 and was hospitalized in September 2014 for manic episodes. The doctors put me on 3mg of risperidone (risperdal) and 750mg of depakote daily. After 9 months of taking the medication I really started to see a decline in sexual drive and performance; my libido was essentially taken away. The risperidone/depakote pretty much kills orgasm and gives me erectile issues... I can't maintain an erection. It's like getting your manhood stripped. I feel helpless, I'm at wits end, and I don't know what to do. I talked to my psychiatrist about my erectile dysfunction issues and he decided to lower the risperidone to 1mg and leave the depakote the same. So I've been on 1mg of risperidone for the past month but lowering the medication didn't really do anything. How am I still having this erectile dysfunction problem if I'm only on 1mg of risperidone and 750mg of depakote daily? The bigger question is how am I going to be able to solve this problem that's making me question whether I want to live anymore. My penis was my biggest asset, no pun intended. But now if I don't have that, I feel useless and like nothing, worthless. It's like I'm half a man because I'm only 25 and am already having erectile dysfunction. I don't want to have to start taking any more pills to solve this problem! No viagra, wellbutrin, or any other pill. I ultimately want to get off this medication so I can live my life normally without dependence on any pharmaceutical drug. I'm tired of being a chemical prisoner and just want to live the rest of my 20s like a man should, with a lot of sex. What should I do?
  4. Hi everybody! ---------------------------------------PREVIOUSLY--------------------------------------- 9 months ago my family doctor prescribed me Citalopram. Killed my libido in 4-6 days. We removed it. Then tried Mirtazapine (15mg), which let me have some control over my thoughts, but I slept a lot. I thought my family doc's prescriptions were not the best choices, so I went to a psychiatrist. ---------------------------------------CURRENTLY--------------------------------------- The psychiatrist administered me several tests, and now I have a folder with all my problems. I've been on Mirtazapine 30mg for 6 days and now I sleep like a normal person. I've made changes in my behavior too. I've been 3 days also on Pristiq (50mg), and I'm starting to feel the same Citalopram crap. The 1st day, after just 5-6 hours, I tried to masturbate and I had great trouble getting an orgasm, and I never have these problems. Today I feel almost asexual. The psychiatrist said that perhaps the impotence I had from Citalopram was something transitory, but from what I've read, most people don't recover while on it. Under most circumstances I'd give it a try but... I've just met a girl and we have a first date soon... And 40% of my depression is because of being single, and 20% from being a 24-year-old virgin. And I meet single women very rarely. Do you have statistics or something? I read only ~10% people had sexual problems. Could I recover while on Pristiq? I highly doubt turning me into an eununch is the best thing under my circumstances. Thank you very much. Marc
  5. Hi All, I was wondering if anyone here has made the switch from Lexapro (or any other SSRI) to Luvox to alleviate some/all sexual dysfunction caused by another. I am currently taking Lexapro for GAD/PD and it both does not control the anxiety as well as chemically castrates me. My doctor is in the process of doing a very slow cross-taper (I still have very little, if any, sexual functioning at this point) because anecdotally he states that there is less sexual dysfunction associated with Luvox due to an unknown or yet-to-be elucidated mechanism of action - perhaps action at the sigma-1 receptor site? He also stated that Luvox is great for anxiety disorders and most don't typically have to take the maximum 300mg/day dosage to get relief - even when the anxiety disorder/disorders are severe - which may explain why there are less people who suffer from intolerable sexual sides on Luvox. Both crazymeds and wikipedia state that Luvox is associated with less sexual dysfunction and this seems to be backed by anecdotes, although just as many anecdotes lay claim to pretty much every other SSRI with the exception of Paxil. I had been taking, prior to starting the cross-taper, 20mg of Lexapro without adequate relief and immense sexual dysfunction. Completely devastating as it obliterates my dating prospects at a time when people are starting to settle down (I'm 27). Now, I know that SSRI usage is highly idiosyncratic in that what works for one may not work for another and one individual may suffer from intolerable sexual side effects on one SSRI while another may be sexually fine on the same medication. That said, has anyone found Luvox to be less harsh in this regard? How much were you taking? Any/all experiences/input welcome, including alternative medications that may be less harsh on sexual functioning. I am desperate here! Help needed!! Addendum: I should add that augmentation strategies are also welcomed. Memantine/Namenda and tiagabine/Gabitril are two that may be helpful for anxiety, allowing me to reduce the SSRI dose. Anyone think of any others?
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