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Re: To Scott re: MAOI sexual dysfunction

Posted by Judy on November 21, 1999, at 14:31:09

In reply to Re: To Scott re: MAOI sexual dysfunction, posted by Scott L. Schofield on November 21, 1999, at 8:24:50

> HEY out there! Has anyone else had problems reaching orgasm while taking an MAO-inhibitor? (males and females)

Hey Scott et al! Oh yeah! No such thing as reaching orgasm for me when taking Nardil (or Marplan, I recently found out) even though my libido is ready and willing. I've taken Nardil four or five times over the past fifteen years - it's my miracle drug for depression/anxiety but the side effects (including severe edema and almost total inability to urinate) don't allow me to take it for more than six to eight weeks max.

I've been told anorgasmia is a long-term side effect of MAOI, for me at least, evidenced by the fact that it takes almost exactly four weeks to resume normal orgasmic ability after ingesting my last pill. Thus, there's no possibility of stopping my meds for a few days and expecting a 'second honeymoon' before resuming meds.

An ironic twist is that none of the other AD's I've tried caused anorgasmia - BUT I never had the libido to enjoy it while taking any other AD! Seems I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't, huh?

I've just begun a second trial of Selegiline, at higher doses than I originally took. It's been almost three weeks and I'm currently taking 40 mg/day (and intending to go higher). I'm very curious to see if the touted 'magical' sexual properties of Selegiline work for me!

Good luck with your 'study'!





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