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Re: sexual side effect- effexor-xr jal

Posted by Seagull_25920 on April 14, 2004, at 12:50:05

In reply to Re: sexual side effect- effexor-xr, posted by jal on September 13, 2002, at 14:53:11

> I've been on effexor xr for the past 4 months, went from 37.5mgs up to 225mgs now and the only thing I feel is numbness in my penis and my sex drive is way down from where it was before effexor xr.Is this common for men to feel this?
> Any men out there have the same numbness down there? Whats the cure ? Help my girlfriend thinks its her but I'm telling her its my meds.

jal - From what I've seen of other posters, and my own experience, what you're feeling is not uncommon. I was on 300mg for a while, and completely unable to climax. This was a problem because my wife and I were trying to get pregnant... Luckily, she understood that it was the medication. I was not able to overcome the problem, but can tell you that after three days off of the medication, even in the middle of the withdrawals, the problem is completely gone.

I considered some of the sensation-increasing creams and gels that are on the market for sex, but didn't get a chance to try them.

On a related note, pardon me for being explicit, but the term "abnormal ejaculation" seems to be appropriate, as I experienced several episodes of spontaneous ejaculation without arousal (embarrassing, to say the least), followed by lengthy episodes of 'blue balls'. I have to wonder if that's not related to an increase in prostate size or some such, which is listed as a possible side effect of the medication. Anyone else?




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