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Janey's sex drive -- The Real Story (~laughing~)

Posted by janey on November 4, 1998, at 22:18:39

In reply to Re: reply to janey, posted by jana on November 4, 1998, at 6:30:38

> > > > > > I've recently started taking effexor xr to get the relief I need without the sexual side effects of prozac, luvox and paxil. I'm curious as to what dosage you found was best without getting the sexual side effects. I've only been on this drug for about a week after switching from prozac but so far no difference in the sexual side effects. I'm only taking 75mg effexor xr and have been told to take more to get rid of the sexual side effects. Some people believe you need to get the norepinephrine and dopamine effect of the drug in order to fight off the sexual side effects. Does anyone have any firsthand knowledge or experience with getting the dosage right to fight off the sexual side effects and not have too many side effects overall. I'll be very grateful for any information you can give me to help me out. Thanks in advance!
> > > > > >
> > > > > Ihave also just begun Effexor. My bad side effect, it seems, is considerable anxiety and/or nervousness. Might a higher dosage help that? Seems counterintuitive. (I"m on 112.5 mg. Also on lithium 450 and pemoline 75 for potentiation and hyperomnia, not add or bipolar.) Thank anyone.
> > > > ..The only thing that helped me was to add buspar to the effexor, we did this to help me sleep but I noticed that the sexual side effects went away at that time.
> > > have any female types out there found that buspar + effexor helped w/ sexual side effects?
> > When my Zoloft ran out of steam and I was switched to Effexor, I noticed my sex drive and satisfaction level had returned after about a month, and I was just on Effexor (no additional drugs). I currently take Effexor XR 150 mg bid and Trazodone 300 mg hs. When the Trazodone was added, I noticed no difference in my sex drive whether I was taking the Trazodone or not.
> > janey
> janey, did you have just decreased sex drive on
> zoloft or the no orgasms as well? (sorry to get
> so personal!)

Uh.. well, um... ~laughing~ I had them, but they were just little blips on an otherwise previous "Off of the Richter Scale" sex life. And even achieving the "blips" was rare or took a much longer time if I just didn't give up or if I wasn't interested. My sex drive took a major beating while on the Prozac and, later, the Zoloft. I have a few "blips" still, but am able to hit the top or go off of the Richter scale again (I think monthly timing has a lot to do with intensity).

If this information helps someone, good. I don't know if age has anything to do with any of this, but I was on Prozac, Pamelor or Zoloft between the ages of 35-38. I've been on Effexor for about a year and a half and I've recently turned 40.




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