Posted by Spencer on May 9, 2002, at 1:07:16
In reply to Re: Getting rid of sexual side-effects of Effexor ?, posted by Butterfly on May 8, 2002, at 12:02:20
> > I've been on Effexor XR since August/September last year and had numerous side effects including blurred vision, difficulty in urinating, increased appetite, insomnia and poor labido. These all disappeared within about two to three months. I have felt absolutely fine for several months, although I believe largely with the help of cognitive therapy as well as the Effexor. I quite often forget to take my capsule in the morning but am reminded when I start feeling "strange" later in the day.
> > Anyway, the one side effect that lingers is the "difficulty" in reaching orgasm ie ejaculating. However, I do not see this as a bad side effect. For one thing I can keep going for ages and secondly the orgasms build up over a while and are incredibly intense. To be honest, sex is absolutely brilliant and my wife wonders (jokingly) whether I am also taking viagra. However, I see from this site, that most writers do not share this enjoyment and I only wish they could.
> regarding this particular aspect of delayed ejaculation, have you seen some improvement over time, or has this condition remained similar as in the beginning of treatment ?
Since all the other side effects went away and the delayed ejaculation set in I would say there has been no change with time. It does vary though, sometimes it is very difficult and sometimes it is a bit easier but there has not been a trend either way. I don't really expect it to go away. I'm only too thankful that my libido returned to normal after a few months of no sex drive, which in my case I believe was a symptom of the depression and not a side effect of Effexor simply because as soon as my depression slowly lifted my libido slowly returned.
I hope this issue does not cause you too much concern and unhappiness. Like many sexual issues, the more you try the harder it is to achieve.....my only advice is to work with your partner to find the best way possible to reach orgasm even if it is not necessarily the way you were normally used to doing it.