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Do both men and women get lower sex drive with prozac (fluoxetine)?

Do both men and women get lower sex drive with prozac (fluoxetine)?

Yes: All of the serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor medications of which Prozac (fluoxetine) is a member can cause a decrease in one' s libido also known as sex drive. Since each agent is different in its chemical structure and each of us reacts differently to any medication, not everyone will suffer this side effect with each medication. Talk to your doctor there may be a solution. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


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What does 80mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) do to a sex drive?

What does 80mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) do to a sex drive?

Anorgasmia: The most common sexual side effect at that dose would be difficulty achieving orgasm. Some people experience some degree of emotional numbing and diminished libido. Talk to your doctor about options if you are experiencing any symptoms to find out what your options are. ...Read more

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Will going off of Prozac (fluoxetine) and onto desipramine give me back my sex drive again?

Will going off of Prozac (fluoxetine) and onto desipramine give me back my sex drive again?

Probably.: Common side effect of Prozac (fluoxetine) is decreased libido. Desipramine is not typically associated with this, but has a few side effects of its own. Talk to your doctor about these. ...Read more

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On Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg since 3 months. Very bad in bed, no sex drive and no erection. Have erection occasionally. Dr just advised queen jelly royal.

On Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg since 3 months. Very bad in bed, no sex drive and no erection. Have erection occasionally. Dr just advised queen jelly royal.

Prozac (fluoxetine) side effects: Ssri's like Prozac are known to affect sexual function in many people. As dr. Raina pointed out, wellbutrin (bupropion) is another option to help with this. Royal jelly has no applicable studies in ssri-related sexual dysfunction, but 1 positive study in men with reduced sperm mobility. http://tinyurl.com/mv4ucmj you might consider working with a psychiatrist for additional suggestions. ...Read more

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Lately my girlfriend and i haven't had sex. She says her sex drive is low or she doesn't have desire. Shes on Prozac (fluoxetine) once a day. How can this be fixed?

Lately my girlfriend and i haven't had sex. She says her sex drive is low or she doesn't have desire. Shes on Prozac (fluoxetine) once a day. How can this be fixed?

Depression & Prozac (fluoxetine): Depression can lower interest in sex. Prozac (fluoxetine) can cause changes in both sexual desire and ability to experience pleasure and orgasm. Your girlfriend's issues could either be from ongoing depression that Prozac (fluoxetine) has not yet helped, or from the medication itself. She would need to address this with her doctor, if she sees it as a problem. Sometimes adjustments or changes can be made. ...Read more

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Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg/day in the morning for 2years. No sex drive and lately can't sleep at all. Plus headaches. Help?

Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg/day in the morning for 2years. No sex drive and lately can't sleep at all. Plus headaches. Help?

A few possibilities: You didn't say why you're taking prozac (fluoxetine), (fluoxetine) but insomnia, no sex drive, & headaches could be depression (returning?). Since many people need 20 mg, perhaps your dose is low. These symptoms could also be Prozac (fluoxetine) side-effects, less likely if they arose suddenly 2 years after starting treatment. Or they may be completely unrelated to prozac (fluoxetine). It's best to ask your prescribing doctor about this. ...Read more

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What is the best alternative to Prozac that's got less effect on reduction of sex drive? I tried and didn't like wellbutrin (bupropion) in the past.

What is the best alternative to Prozac that's got less effect on reduction of sex drive? I tried and didn't like wellbutrin (bupropion) in the past.

Many options: Discuss with your prescribing physician. Though any of the antidepressants can have sexual side effects, Prozac and Paxil (paroxetine) are most likely. There are other ssri such as Celexa which may be less and atypical antidepressants such as mirtazepine and many other potential options. It comes down to how each individual reacts and weighing out the risk vs benefit. ...Read more

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I am taking prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg and i hardly have any libido. I am 21 years old, female. Are there any vitamins or anything I could do to get it back?

I am taking prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg and i hardly have any libido. I am 21 years old, female. Are there any vitamins or anything I could do to get it back?

Discuss with your Dr: I have found that this is a rather common side effect of my patients on various SSRI medications. I think there are some ways to help, but I would start with discussing the problem with your prescribing Dr. Some patients find this a temporary side effect, while others need to add another medication or change their medication. ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) lower libido?

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) lower libido?

All medications: That raise serotonin can lower libido. There are some ways to treat this side effect. Talk with your doctor about this. He can help. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm a female who took Prozac (fluoxetine) for a year. A complete loss in libido and lubrication has occurred. Plz help?

What to do if i'm a female who took Prozac (fluoxetine) for a year. A complete loss in libido and lubrication has occurred. Plz help?

Go see your doctor: Tell your prescribing doc what's happened as you've stated above. Changing antidepressants often solves the problem. If that's not possible, consider drug holidays (altho Fluoxetine has a very long half-life). Some notice improvement by switching to Bupropion or adding enough to allow for lower Fluoxetine dose. Regarding loss of lubrication, consider water soluble solutions as possible option. ...Read more

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Does fluoxetine lower libido for men?

Prozac (fluoxetine): As with most, if not all, ssris, it does have sexual side-effects. ...Read more

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I have taken fluoxetine 20mg twice a day for 2 years. My sex drive declines over time. Is this permanent? How long to restore normal after quit it?

I have taken fluoxetine 20mg twice a day for 2 years. My sex drive declines over time. Is this permanent? How long to restore normal after quit it?

Within months: The sexual side effects of Prozac (fluoxetine) are not permanent, you should be back to normal within weeks or at the most a month as the medication bi products linger around for few weeks in your system. However be mindful of what Prozac (fluoxetine) was started for, have a detailed talk with your physician before doing anything. There are other ways to improving your libido like switching to another or adding medication. ...Read more

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Hi, I was just prescribed 20mg fluoxetine for the first time. After doing research, I was wondering how common it is for a female to experience decreased sexual drive on this prescription? Thanks

Decreased drive: is one of the more prominent side effects of Prozac (fluoxetine). As a matter of fact most SSRIs (class of antidepressant) to which fluoxetine also belongs cause decreased libido, though only a very small percentage of patients reports it. Please discuss this side effect with your psychiatrist if you are experiencing it after 1 month of taking fluoxetine. ...Read more

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Do women have a lower sex drive than men?

Do women have a lower sex drive than men?

That's the stereo-: type, but as a sex therapist, I haven't found that to be true. I've seen women with whopping-high sex drives and men with nearly zero. I don't know if generalizations are much help here. I do know that regardless of high or low sex drives, quality of sex seems to be the better indicator of happiness. ...Read more

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Need sex drive back. Any medications help this. Are treatments different for men and for women?

Need sex drive back. Any medications help this. Are treatments different for men and for women?

Testosterone, maybe: Regardless of who lost his/her sex drive, the evaluation is similar: first evaluate your relationship. Second, consider external stressors, eg money, family, friends, work, etc. Third, consider substance use, eg tobacco, alcohol & illicit materials. Fourth, any new medications? Fifth, evaluate his/her health: depression, diabetes, high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, heart disease, low t, etc. ...Read more

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Do men truly have a stronger sex drive than women?

Do men truly have a stronger sex drive than women?

Maybe: I think this depends on the person - many men and women like and enjoy sex and seem more fixated than others. ...Read more

Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...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