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anyone experiencing almost no pleasure from orgasms? Antipsychotics

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so since taking invega sustenna I cannot experience any pleasure from orgasms.. no more intense feeling nothing

anyone else experiencing this and will all antipsychotics cause this?

would like to hear your story and what meds you take or have taken 

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Antipsychotics can definitely cause sexual side effects. I had almost no sex drive when I was on a high dose of Invega. You should talk to your doctor about it if it's a side effect that you find intolerable. 

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it's called taking anti-psychotics... for guys, it won't even happen, not just not feel it (at least in my experience)

 

im male

 

Antipsychotics can definitely cause sexual side effects. I had almost no sex drive when I was on a high dose of Invega. You should talk to your doctor about it if it's a side effect that you find intolerable. 

what kind of problems where you having and are you male or female?

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Oh, sorry for that revv. In any case, my experience comes mainly from high doses of Risperidone, that thing really turns you into an asexual zombie. Quetiapine, which I have been taking more recently, not so much, but still leaves me very sleepy. I sleep the day away when I take my morning dose (I know, I know... I have to take my meds...)

 

My advice: talk to your physician, he is the one that can change your meds, or reduce your dose, or give you something else to help. I know it is embarrassing... but hell... no other way around it that I can see.

 

Hope you feel better soon!!

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what kind of problems where you having and are you male or female?

 

I'm female. I'm not a particularly sexual person so it didn't have a massive impact on my life, but my libido was lowered to the point where I barely thought about sex at all. You might need to lower your dose or switch medications to be able to achieve orgasm again.

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Most of the SSRI's and atypical AP's that I have tried have caused anorgasmia and/or lowered libido.

 

Talk to your doctor.  There might be a medicine you can take to counteract the side effect, or you might need to alter the dose or switch meds.

 

For some people it is an intolerable side effect, and to others, the mood/mental benefits outweigh the cost.  You'll have to decide for yourself.

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FWIW. I'm a guy and didn't experience any sexual side-effects during my year on 400mg of Seroquel. So it's not a given. Make sure you bring this up with your pdoc. I know it's difficult but it won't shock them. They talk about sexual side-effects everyday, since it's such a common issue with psych meds. The answer may be a dosage change or a different medication, I don't know. I don't think you should be denied the ability to enjoy sex, though. So make sure you bring it up. 

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Not since I switched to risperidone, but all other aap's and ap's yes I had a bad problem in all aspects of sex well not all aspects, you know what I mean.

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Not since I switched to risperidone, but all other aap's and ap's yes I had a bad problem in all aspects of sex well not all aspects, you know what I mean.

did you ever have problems with orgasm specifically?

 

Yes they all cause it through the very same way they work.

so theres nothing that can be done about it?

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Not since I switched to risperidone, but all other aap's and ap's yes I had a bad problem in all aspects of sex well not all aspects, you know what I mean.

did you ever have problems with orgasm specifically?

 

Yes they all cause it through the very same way they work.

so theres nothing that can be done about it?

 

Basically yes. You cant have a structurally healthy brain when you are schizophrenic.

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Not since I switched to risperidone, but all other aap's and ap's yes I had a bad problem in all aspects of sex well not all aspects, you know what I mean.

did you ever have problems with orgasm specifically?

 

Yes they all cause it through the very same way they work.

so theres nothing that can be done about it?

 

Basically yes. You cant have a structurally healthy brain when you are schizophrenic.

 

anorgasmia might be beacause of elevated prolactin levels right? what if I switch to a med that doesn't raise prolactin could that work?

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Not since I switched to risperidone, but all other aap's and ap's yes I had a bad problem in all aspects of sex well not all aspects, you know what I mean.

did you ever have problems with orgasm specifically?

 

Yes they all cause it through the very same way they work.

so theres nothing that can be done about it?

 

Basically yes. You cant have a structurally healthy brain when you are schizophrenic.

 

anorgasmia might be beacause of elevated prolactin levels right? what if I switch to a med that doesn't raise prolactin could that work?

 

Yeah. The raise in prolactin can cause sexual side-effects and Invega and Risperdal are the main ones which raise it so if it's about prolactin one of the other AAPs shouldn't cause the same problem, or if they do, it would be through a different mechanism. Worth a try, for sure.

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Maybe to get a little more specific here to help you troubleshoot the problem, anorgasmia from hyperprolactinemia manifests more in a physical way and from dopamine blockade manifests more in a mental way.

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Maybe to get a little more specific here to help you troubleshoot the problem, anorgasmia from hyperprolactinemia manifests more in a physical way and from dopamine blockade manifests more in a mental way.

how would I know which one it is?

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I took invega sustenna and I am completely incapable of being interested in anything sexual and I can't have orgasms.  I can't feel anything!! So frustrating.  I got off the drug 2 1/2 months ago so I'm waiting for it to get out of my system to see if I can get back to normal.  They say it takes 4-8 months for it to clear your system.  

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I took invega sustenna and I am completely incapable of being interested in anything sexual and I can't have orgasms.  I can't feel anything!! So frustrating.  I got off the drug 2 1/2 months ago so I'm waiting for it to get out of my system to see if I can get back to normal.  They say it takes 4-8 months for it to clear your system.  

 

are you taking another antipsychotic or are you completely off meds?

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I have zero interest in having sex. I have no orgasms. I just do it to keep my husband satisfied.

For me it is both the meds and the trauma I experienced that work against me.

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