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Cymbalta and sex drive

Discussion in 'Sex and Drugs' started by cymbaltian, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. cymbaltian

    cymbaltian Newbie

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    Well... with me Cymbalta works really well.
    But for my partner... not that well.
    I have zero libido, not interested in the thing any more (for month now).

    Doctors here in Canada don't know much about Cymbalta which is pretty new on the Canadian market.

    And... of course, since Cymbalta works well, I'm really scared to change.

    Any advice?

    AND NO ! A new partner is not an option... ;)
     
  2. Potter

    Potter Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Yeah, post in the proper forum, don;t just click on the first available link....
     
  3. Flying Mind

    Flying Mind Titanium Member

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    Re: cymbalta and sex drive

    For SWIM SSRI's freaking destroyed libido, as with many people. I am not alone.

    One study I found, but for women, showed taking Viagra helped up desire of the sex-drive... Not sure how this would work with men. As anti-depressants often not only cause low sex-drive but also the ability to maintain erection, and orgasm (positive if sought).

    It's really difficult if it's (the medicine) is working really good. Catch 22. I am happy to hear the medication is doing You well! I wouldn't want to change/try new meds if one ever worked for him either!

    I think there's ways to combat it but not conclusively sure... Encourage higher testosterone w/ supplements or substances?? BTW... For SWIM, he tried using DHEA (aka the only legal "steroid") in attempt to increase sex-drive / thoughts, etc... Didn't work for SWIM...

    SWIM can't really offer much more here, he never found anything to successfully battle it (never asked the doc for Viagra/similar substances though)

    Haha. It's definitely not the partner anyway... 99.99999% the medication causing this!


    Finally, Welcome to DF!

    Lots of good SWIMers here willing and able to help!


    Just be sure to get rules down. And generally this is a non self-incrimination forum.

    SWIM = someone who isn't me
    You = someone who isn't you

    Example...

    Again, Welcome!
     
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  4. NeuroChi

    NeuroChi is not his mind Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Ditto what Potter said, please post in the correct forum.

    Moved to sex and drugs.
     
  5. chilliker

    chilliker Silver Member

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    SWIM also lost his sex drive while taking Cymbalta and then for other reasons he moved to Effexor and still had the same issue with sex drive. On the other hand his girlfriend and any other lady he had sex with really enjoyed it since he could go hours having fast hard intercourse. After I was cured of his depression and stop taking the pills he slowly got his sex drive back and now it seems to be more sensitive than ever. Which is not always good since SWIM now only lasts a few minutes at intercourse. If You wants to just ejaculate then its bad, but if You is looking to please your partner better, not so bad.

    On a side note SWIM never got to fully understand why he lost his sex drive, was it the medication or the depression itself? Since SWIM lost his sex drive before he started taking medication and started getting it back before he stopped.

    Hopes this helps.
     
  6. onionstick

    onionstick Silver Member

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    I know how you feel. He had really bad self esteem and depression. Sexual drive worked but I was in too bad a mental health state to be able to enjoy it. Now I feel sort of "normal" (able to be more social, less self conscious and just generally better mood), but low desire and weak erection. thankfully its not completely impossible though as was with previous ssri's tried!

    I feel kinda ripped off & out of luck. But enough of my whining & on to discussion...

    Has You looked into switching to something like moclobemide? Although they are not as popular as ssri/snri anti-depressants I found that when on this sexual desire & performance was hardly impared. I was advised by the doc some people show increase in erection strength and desire (SWIM's improvement may have been because no longer depressed and cant distinguish if things this is true but he was at least able achieve orgasm and maintain an erection). The only reason SWIM stopped is that he found himself confused/poor attention but this may not be the case for you as anti-d's efficacy seem to be subjective. You should note that you have to monitor the foods you eat when on this as foods containing tyramine (e.g. cheddar cheese, fava beans, chianti wine) can be dangerous, can even lead to death.

    taken from wikipedia's bupropion page and may be worth investigating:

    "Unlike all other antidepressants, except mirtazapine (Remeron), maprotiline (Ludiomil) and tianeptine (Stablon), bupropion does not cause sexual dysfunction and the occurrence of sexual side effects is not different from placebo."

    I was quite interested by Bupropion but this is not sold as an anti-depressant in his country. I have found efexor to be quite a good anti-d but has lowered desire and erection is quite weak. But I am happy to have a future and has heard that messing with dosage amounts can change effectiveness but also side effects(swim barely noticed it at 75mg compared to 300).

    Unfortunately he did not try one of the other anti-d's in that list before efexor so cannot give you a report on his experience but it seems like something worth investigating. Once I feel he is at a stage in life where he can try coming off efexor if a relapse occurs he would def try one of the others from that list of ones that don't effect sexual side effects, if they are available in his country. I would like it if sex played a bigger part in his life.

    Hope that helps.
    Good luck to you.
     
  7. La1975

    La1975 Silver Member

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    I've lost sex drive from Cymbalta, which I'm currently on and on other drugs which I can't remember right now. I've also wondered if the depression itself plays more of a role than the meds, like the above poster. I know lately I'm a little less depressed, not dating anyone but have a crush and feel less turned-on than I *should* around someone I like.
     
  8. Ilsa

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    kitten has been on both venlafaxine (effexor) and duloxetine (cymbalta) and has experienced similar issues... the major difference between these two antidepressants and others is that they have norepinephrine reuptake inhibition properties, although venlafaxine does not exhibit it until one gets to doses of 250 mg and up, where side effects become a problem for many. duloxetine has ssri and snri properties at the beginning (20mg) dose, ten times less than that of the former, and thus less likely to induce nasty side effects.

    still though, kitten has found that it affects sex drive almost as much as high doses of venlafaxine; she is tapering off of duloxetine, VERY slowly, and is down to about 5 mgs a day, and still lacks much interest, but has had a much less difficult time comin off of duloxetine than she did venlafaxine, which was very difficult to come off of, even with a long, slow taper.

    in short: both seem to negatively affect sex drive, and if one wants it back by getting offf of the meds as LONG, SLOW TAPER is essential, especially with venlafaxine, as one can become dysphoric and even suicidal alarmingly fast.

    be safe and good luck!
     
  9. La1975

    La1975 Silver Member

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    I did not realize (and do not understand why) the self-incriminating rules applied to a prescribed medication taken as prescribed, every other post I've used SWIM. :s

    La1975 added 3 Minutes and 22 Seconds later...

    Also, if I was self-incriminating the OP was too.

    La1975 added 178 Minutes and 46 Seconds later...

    From re-reading the rules I've found I would not be self-incriminating if I had stated in my original post that the medicine is prescribed and only taken as prescribed. I'm not trying to argue this, just do not understand it.
     
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  10. Jasim

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    Off topic, but I thought this important to clarify. LA1975, the OP never actually stated that he was taking cymbalta, unlike you, read carefully. The line in which you self-incriminated was "which I'm currently on and on other drugs which I can't remember right now". And it's typically not acceptable to admit to the use of any substance whether it's prescribed for you or not. Just always avoid self-incrimination. It's the best way. And the OP was borderline with self-incrimination. Just avoid it altogether, it makes it easier on everyone involved. Thanks.