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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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Just started celexa. Is it true that ssri can cause brain damage? Also, are side effects (drowsiness, low libido) reversible?

Just started celexa. Is it true that ssri can cause brain damage? Also, are side effects (drowsiness, low libido) reversible?

No: Celexa can not cause brain damage!!! Side effects are reversible. Sometimes you need time for adjustment to new medications. Discuss this with you doctor. Please, do not panic . ...Read more

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I'm taking citalopram and I lost my sex drive. Is it gone forever?

I'm taking citalopram and I lost my sex drive. Is it gone forever?

No: Not uncommon with this medication. Talk to your doctor about changing your treatment options Your sex drive should return after you are off the meds ...Read more

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I'm in levothyroxine 75 as my thyroid stopped working and citalopram 20 for pmt any ideas where my sex drive is?

I'm in levothyroxine 75 as my thyroid stopped working and citalopram 20 for pmt any ideas where my sex drive is?

Libido: Thyroid dysfunction, depression and medications can all affect your libido... It may also result from unresolved issues in your relationship and a lack off true and honest communication. ...Read more

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Is it normal while taking citalopram 20 mg to have no sex drive or should l be alarmed?

Is it normal while taking citalopram 20 mg to have no sex drive or should l be alarmed?

Yes: Unfortunately this is all too frequent a side effect from many of antidepressants. Although it usually presents as an inability to orgasm, it can present with a decreased libido. I would discuss with your ob/gyn whether or not hormonal tests should also be one run. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the odds that citalopram will decrease sex drive? Does this happen often or is it a less common side effect on average?

What are the odds that citalopram will decrease sex drive? Does this happen often or is it a less common side effect on average?

60%: Some studies show that around 60% of women on SSRIs (medications like Citalopram) will have a marked decrease in sex drive. Its a common problem with this type of medication. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I take 20mg citalopram and looking for what vitamins are safe to take with for anxie and loss of libido?

Celexa (citalopram) & vitamins ?: Citalopram (or celexa) is an SSRI that is commonly prescribed to treat mood and anxiety disorders. While you should always review any med changed with your prescribing doc (even OTCs) it is generally perfectly safe to take a standard multi vitamin with SSRIs. B vitamins are implicated in mental health. While severe B12 deficiency must be treated with B12 by injection, oral is good 4 prevention. ...Read more

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My doctor took me off Zoloft (sertraline) because of weight gain and loss of libido now gave me Citalopram will it have same side effects?

My doctor took me off Zoloft (sertraline) because of weight gain and loss of libido now gave me Citalopram will it have same side effects?

It can: If your doctor is prescribing these meds he has a good reason. The SSRIs that you have and are taking commonlyreduce libido and in some cases cause weight gain depending on the medication. Effexor (venlafaxine) mifght have less effect ion your libido. ...Read more

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