Did you know that clinical depression affects 1 in 5 adults in the United States… that’s 20% of the population.
Unfortunately, sexual side effects are among the most common complaints about antidepressants – for both men and women.
Which medications cause the most sexual side effects?
The following antidepressants are reportedly the most problematic:
- citalopram (Celexa)
- duloxetine (Cymbalta)
- escitalopram (Lexapro)
- paroxetine (Paxil and Paxil CR)
- fluoxetine (Prozac)
- sertraline (Zoloft)
Wellbutrin (bupropion) tends to have lower sexual side-effects than the other ones.
How Do Antidepressant Drugs Cause Sexual Side Effects?
Most prescription antidepressants are part of a drug family called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). By raising levels of serotonin in the body, you tend to feel calmer and less anxious.
However, serotonin also decreases your “drive” – emotional drive as well as sexual drive.
In many ways, it’s the opposite of another neurotransmitter called, Dopamine… which incidentally, antidepressant drugs decrease.
Yes, Dopamine is called the “feel good” hormone or neurotransmitter.
Most importantly, SSRIs actually decrease testosterone and increase estrogen.
Testosterone controls sexual desire in all animals.
So What’s The Solution
Well, I can’t give you medical advice here… So, please speak to your doctor.
However, I can report to you what’s worked for many other people.
- Lower The Dose
Remember, drugs are SUPER powerful, a little goes a long way.
- Change Timing
Even though many of these drugs have a long half-life, you might consider taking the drug AFTER you have sex.
- Take Natural Solutions
There are natural herbs and vitamins that also help improve serotonin levels and other neurotransmitters, that’ll create a calming effect, happier feelings, more confidence, and control.
However, they won’t cause sexual side-effects because they work naturally WITH your body, unlike drugs that artificially work AGAINST your body.
One of the most popular mood-enhancing solutions is called ProVanax. It naturally helps balance important neurotransmitters, without the sexual side effects.
Also, if you’re a guy, you for sure want to improve your testosterone levels and balance your hormones… This will really make a huge difference and improvement in performance, sexual desire, and erections.
Again, my favorite and most popular solution is AlphaViril. It’s an all-in-one solution that I’ve personally been using for over 20+ years.
The good news is that both of these natural supplements are safe to take with your antidepressants and SSRIs.
Of course, you should always speak to your doctor first.