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Re: Sexual "gotcha!" from one drug but bot another?

Posted by JohnL on July 23, 1999, at 19:42:01

In reply to Sexual "gotcha!" from one drug but bot another?, posted by Rick on July 23, 1999, at 2:00:15

Hi Rick. The good news is that, yes, drugs within the same class can have drastically different sexual side effects. The bad news is you don't know which is OK for you until you try it. There's no way to predict. Serzone and/or Wellbutrin are favored for a good sex life, though not with everyone. (no guarnatee any particular med will work on your depression either)

For example Zoloft, Paxil, and Celexa were totally incapacitating to my sex life. Prozac is in the same family and is well known for its undesirable sexual side effects. But I'm having great sex with Prozac! Go figure. It does take longer, but she likes that anyway. Check out the post above, "Anafranil Good for Sex?", to see how the same drug can have the opposite effect from one person to the next. You just don't know.

I sometimes wonder if it's the way I dose. There is a theory that a steady state of the drug in your system is where the sexual side effects come from. Prozac, unlike the others, has such a long half-life (about a week) that it can be dosed once, twice, or three times a week instead of daily, thus avoiding a daily dosed steady state. I take 40mg once every two days, instead of 20mg a day. So far so good. (knock on wood! fingers crossed! :) )

Yes, drugs are very different, both within and outside the same class. And so different from one person to another. Stay in touch and let us know how things develop for you. JohnL.




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