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Citalopram (Definition)

Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is ...Read more


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6 months of celexa (citalopram) and still loss of sex drive and weak erections. normal BP and sugar levels sleeping well any answers please?

6 months of celexa (citalopram) and still loss of sex drive and weak erections. normal BP and sugar levels sleeping well any answers please?

Talk w treating doc: These may be side effects of your medication. If this is the case there are ways to treat it or switch medication. Of course attention has to be paid to the reason that you went on the medication in the first place. This calls for a discussion with the treating doctor ...Read more

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Why does celexa (citalopram) make my sex drive low?

Why does celexa (citalopram) make my sex drive low?

Serotonin receptors: Several proposed mechanisms exist for decreased libido due to ssri use including celexa (citalopram). They mainly deal with alterations in neurotransmitter and hormone levels. The main one involves stimulation of 5ht2 and 5ht3 serotonin receptors in the brain. High prolactin levels could also be involved. Inhibition of the enzyme which makes nitric oxide, a vasodilator has also been proposed. ...Read more

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Why did celexa (citalopram) kill my sex drive? Is this normal?

Why did celexa (citalopram) kill my sex drive? Is this normal?

SSRI and sex drive: One of the well-known side effects of all ssri drugs, including citalopram (celexa) is decreasing libido, decreasing erectile function, and increasing the time before orgasm is achieved. These effects do not occur in all patients taking the drug, but they are common and well-known. If this is a large concern, talk to your doctor about other antidepressant options and side-effect profiling. ...Read more

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Can citalopram increase your sex drive if you had no sex drive before starting taking it?

If your libido: is reduced because you are depressed, then adequately treating the depression is likely to help improve your sex drive. This does not mean that increased libido is a medication side effect. ...Read more

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Why would celexa (citalopram) 20mg cause low libido on someone who is suspected to have bipolar? Is it because I'm younger?

Why would celexa (citalopram) 20mg cause low libido on someone who is suspected to have bipolar? Is it because I'm younger?

No -- side effect: Celexa (citalopram) is an SSRI antidepressant, which can cause sexual side effects like decreased libido. This can happen no matter what your age. Please discuss with your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How long for libido to return after stopping celexa (citalopram)?

How long for libido to return after stopping celexa (citalopram)?

Celexa (citalopram) & libido: Celexa (citalopram) has a long (35 hours) half-life -- so it will still be in your system for just over a week once stopped. I hope you've been working with your doctor to taper this medication, and not stopping it suddenly. Sexual functioning may take a few weeks to normalize. If your libido was low because of depression and you're still depressed though, it may still lag. Other treatments possible, if needed. ...Read more

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Libido (Definition)

Libido is more commonly thought of as sexual desire. Still more specific definitions described libido as the free creative, or psychic energy an individual has to put toward ...Read more


Sexual Drive (Definition)

Sexual drive, often referred to as libido, means sexual desire. The amount of desire that a person has on a consistent basis is referred ...Read more