Side effects from anti anxiety meds

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    Oct 07, 2013 6:04 PM GMT
    Hi guys

    I know I've not been on here a lot. Had a year of sorting out my life. I'm now on anti anxiety meds and they seem to seriously be helping . Anxiety seems to have almost plummeted immediately . Only problem is that sexually I'm battling to have an orgasm. I'm on sertraline. I don't want to change meds because the lack of anxiety is BLISS. But will this side effect be there forever or will it dissipate?
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    Oct 07, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    The side effect will be there as long as you keep on taking the med. Talk to your doc about it.
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    Oct 07, 2013 6:17 PM GMT
    For me it did not dissipate. I'm on Wellbutrin and Effexor. My only advice is not to force the orgasm and giving up before things shred. Over the years the porn I watch has gotten more extreme and so have my fantasies in order to reach the finishing line...
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    Oct 07, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidMy only advice is not to force the orgasm and giving up before things shred.

    Not sure if this will help you but you can also embrace the non-squirting sessions as edging sessions that will increase the likelihood of squirting the next time.

    I understand the lack of anxiety; I was taking something xanax like for awhile before I retired but only to get to sleep. I could so easily get addicted to that stuff.
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    Oct 07, 2013 6:55 PM GMT
    It seems to be a matter of choice. Either/or.

    If I had me druthers, I would go into behavioral therapy in addition to the sertraline--or, in my case, citalopram--with the goal of getting off the drug.

    I do understand how awful the anxiety can be. I also understand how it can be to get rid of it.

    Whatever you do, don't discontinue the drug without a heavy sitdown with the doctor and maybe some alternate suggestions from a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist can recommend drugs other than the ones commonly used by family practice doctors.

    Good luck. Hope you will continue to be without the anxiety.
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    Oct 07, 2013 8:59 PM GMT
    blactor saidHi guys

    I know I've not been on here a lot. Had a year of sorting out my life. I'm now on anti anxiety meds and they seem to seriously be helping . Anxiety seems to have almost plummeted immediately . Only problem is that sexually I'm battling to have an orgasm. I'm on sertraline. I don't want to change meds because the lack of anxiety is BLISS. But will this side effect be there forever or will it dissipate?



    Switch to Paleo diet and start Vinyasa yoga ....and flush your meds.
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    Oct 08, 2013 12:11 AM GMT
    I had the same problem with paroxetine and I imagine it's the same with all SSRIs. I prefer mirtazapine since it works against anxiety just as much, without the sexual side effects. The down side is (1) if you are prone to priaprism and (2) if you are overweight, since it increases appetite.
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    Oct 08, 2013 12:19 AM GMT
    May I ask why people have the urge to take meds to control their anxiety? Just wondering what the level of anxiety is.

    Is it mainly for depression or nervousness?

    I'm curious.
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    Oct 08, 2013 12:27 AM GMT
    blactor saidHi guys

    I know I've not been on here a lot. Had a year of sorting out my life. I'm now on anti anxiety meds and they seem to seriously be helping . Anxiety seems to have almost plummeted immediately . Only problem is that sexually I'm battling to have an orgasm. I'm on sertraline. I don't want to change meds because the lack of anxiety is BLISS. But will this side effect be there forever or will it dissipate?


    Have you considered that your drop in libido might just be a coincidence? Your anxiety might be caused by ageing, work, or any number of other things. Rather than asking a bunch of laymen, why not speak to your psychiatrist or other physician?
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    Oct 08, 2013 3:00 AM GMT
    I'm on Cipralex for depression and have a difficult time reaching orgasm. At the same time I experience genital numbness, and feel little when receiving oral sex or jerking off.

    I can get some kind of sensation if I'm off the medication for a few days, but the drawback is I'm ready to rip off someone's head. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 08, 2013 5:13 AM GMT
    blactor saidHi guys

    I know I've not been on here a lot. Had a year of sorting out my life. I'm now on anti anxiety meds and they seem to seriously be helping . Anxiety seems to have almost plummeted immediately . Only problem is that sexually I'm battling to have an orgasm. I'm on sertraline. I don't want to change meds because the lack of anxiety is BLISS. But will this side effect be there forever or will it dissipate?


    How long have you been taking them? Sometimes the undesirable effects fade after 1 or 2 weeks of treatment. Sexual dysfonction is a common side effect of a SSRI as is Sertraline so do not worry, but talk to your doctor about it if there is anything you could do to help. Maybe switching for another drug of the same class.
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    Oct 08, 2013 6:42 AM GMT
    HellNo saidMay I ask why people have the urge to take meds to control their anxiety? Just wondering what the level of anxiety is.

    Is it mainly for depression or nervousness?

    I'm curious.

    My anxiety attacks where so overpowering that I realized why people commit suicide.
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    Oct 09, 2013 2:34 AM GMT
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    blactor saidHi guys

    I know I've not been on here a lot. Had a year of sorting out my life. I'm now on anti anxiety meds and they seem to seriously be helping . Anxiety seems to have almost plummeted immediately . Only problem is that sexually I'm battling to have an orgasm. I'm on sertraline. I don't want to change meds because the lack of anxiety is BLISS. But will this side effect be there forever or will it dissipate?



    Switch to Paleo diet and start Vinyasa yoga ....and flush your meds.


    I understand the flush your meds mentality, my sister desperately needed to do that, and she's much better as a result. However, I do think medication has role, even if that role is to buy time to allow someone to transfer to non-medicinal methods. The problem in the US is we get stuck in the medicated bliss and never transfer.
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    Oct 09, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    Well you should inform your doctor on your side effects and maybe he can prescribe you a different type of anti anxiety med but I'm sure they all will have similar side effects.
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    Oct 09, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    HellNo saidMay I ask why people have the urge to take meds to control their anxiety? Just wondering what the level of anxiety is.

    Is it mainly for depression or nervousness?

    I'm curious.



    For me, it was agoraphobia (fear of leaving my house).
    The panic attacks were terrible.
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    Oct 09, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    Consult your doctor... let the experts explain what is good or bad for you.
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    Oct 09, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    If you have to take pills to resist orgasm, you're trying too hard. You never had a chance to relax.

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    Oct 09, 2013 4:14 AM GMT
    DCEric said
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    blactor saidHi guys

    I know I've not been on here a lot. Had a year of sorting out my life. I'm now on anti anxiety meds and they seem to seriously be helping . Anxiety seems to have almost plummeted immediately . Only problem is that sexually I'm battling to have an orgasm. I'm on sertraline. I don't want to change meds because the lack of anxiety is BLISS. But will this side effect be there forever or will it dissipate?



    Switch to Paleo diet and start Vinyasa yoga ....and flush your meds.


    I understand the flush your meds mentality, my sister desperately needed to do that, and she's much better as a result. However, I do think medication has role, even if that role is to buy time to allow someone to transfer to non-medicinal methods. The problem in the US is we get stuck in the medicated bliss and never transfer.


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    Oct 09, 2013 4:24 AM GMT
    The sexual side-effects tend to hand around, but having this reaction to sertraline doesn't mean you will get it from other meds. If you try other similar meds, you may well find one that works for your anxiety without affecting your sexual function.

    I had this problem on escitalopram, but not on sertraline, fluoxetine, venlafaxine or duloxetine. So yeah, talk to your doctor about maybe trying something else.
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    Oct 09, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
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    HellNo saidMay I ask why people have the urge to take meds to control their anxiety? Just wondering what the level of anxiety is.

    Is it mainly for depression or nervousness?

    I'm curious.

    My anxiety attacks where so overpowering that I realized why people commit suicide.


    I know this feeling. One fateful day back in '75 I was on a bus going downtown from East Vancouver. It was a trolly (overhead wires; running electrically)and going through a five corner intersection the rods bounced off and the bus flickered and went dark. The panic was so huge I thought I was dying of it. I knew without a doubt I was about to collapse down to the floor and convulse in awful rictuses and I just gave up and gave in. Here we go......3 minutes went by...then 5...nothing happened.
    I just sat there.

    The bus driver finally had the rods reconnected and we started off, the bus lights flicking back on. I had the most startling epiphany right then and there...icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 09, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    Aristoshark saidThis "flush your meds" thing is just silly. It's anti-science. Don't let anyone tell you the fundamentalists have a monopoly on magical thinking.

    Depression and anxiety result from an incorrect interplay of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. Yoga isn't going to help this and neither is a Paleo diet. And as far as being "stuck" in medicated bliss, trust me, it may well be a lifelong necessity but unless you've been stuck in an abyss of unmedicated depression, it's kind of fatuous to blithely talk about dumping medications.


    I think, though, that over medication and over diagnosis is happening among those whose depression and anxiety is situational and not chemical. This I think causes that 'flush your meds' misunderstanding.
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    Oct 09, 2013 5:55 AM GMT
    Just get a psychotherapist (such as a LCSW) who works with gay men and anxiety. You're set. Meds bandaid fix things. Why not learn to recognize distinct emotions instead of getting into a short circuit "scared loop" called anxiety. I used to not sleep 3 nights a week and that stopped when I started therapy acutely because I could start by venting. 2 years later I can recognize emotions and perceive them in others and be way more relational. Falling asleep isn't hard unless I fuck up my sleep cycle by staying up late or something. In that case, that's a circadian rhythm fix which usually fix themselves...

    Never been on meds here and can tell you that I still experience sexual problems at times. Perhaps it's not the meds but the fact you have trouble perceiving and communicating emotion. Perhaps the mental muscle of fantasy is hurt by something and you never figured out why. Lust is only the sparks and tinder--burn up quickly.
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    Oct 09, 2013 6:18 AM GMT
    Have been prescribed Sertraline on and off for several years. I had the same problem. Sex drive wasn't affected but it took a lot of work to get to the climax..if I could do it at all. Started taking it first thing when I get up and I had my dosage dropped. Zero issues now. It was such a problem originally I had my scrip changed to Lexapro ( Escatalipram). No issues w sex w Lexapro ( good ) Made me a constant sweat machine during the day ( bad). Back to the Zoloft no issues now whatsoever. With better sleep, diet, and exercise my plan is to taper off and terminate using it. It has been very helpful for anxiety and taking the edge off being somewhat high strung. Has had another positive affect of keeping my temper in check, my Irish/Hungarian heritage ha! I actually liked the Lexapro better, but the excessive sweating over 2 years forced me off of it. Hope this helps.
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    Oct 09, 2013 11:48 AM GMT
    I move my leg a lot and and bite my nails. My internal body temperature raises when im laying down for a long period of time watching tv. Should I be on anx meds?
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    Oct 09, 2013 1:20 PM GMT
    charlitos saidI move my leg a lot and and bite my nails. My internal body temperature raises when im laying down for a long period of time watching tv. Should I be on anx meds?


    Only if your "problem" is interfering with your everyday life. I.E. if biting your nails is messing with your productivity, then seek help. Otherwise, make sure you manicure your nails really well.