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Sexual Side Effects Of Cymbalta.


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#1 OCDRunner

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 07:12 AM

I just stopped taking Cymbalta. Of all the meds I've been on, it probably worked the best. After a year, it completely eliminated my ability to feel relations.

How has this drug effected your "relations?"

I'm very disappointed but am not ready to give that up.

#2 rc2147

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 09:55 AM

I just stopped taking Cymbalta. Of all the meds I've been on, it probably worked the best. After a year, it completely eliminated my ability to feel relations.

How has this drug effected your "relations?"

I'm very disappointed but am not ready to give that up.


Hello, OCD Runner - I am new on the site but familiar with the problem.

I started Cymbalta 3 years ago and, as I increased dosage to where I had pain control, the ability to enjoy or imagine or even remember sexual pleasure vanished. I wrestled with that for about 6 months - whined, actually - and then chose to stay on it. After 2 decades of nortryptalin (sp?) and it's long line of side effects (for whatever reason, decreased libido was not one of them!), the new energy was such a gift. While I am still working it seems essential.

We have made the best life we can around it, but sometimes it annoys me to have to give up one important aspect of life to function in others. I keep hoping the Cymbalta folks will work on this, but female issues appear to be in the 3% range and probalby not economically feasable.

Oh dear, I have gone on - maybe I am not supposed to spill everything in the first posting! Anyone found a drug combination that helps?

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 02:57 PM

I have been on Cymbalta now for coming up on 2 years at a dose of 120mg. I am not experiencing the lack of desire or interest. However, I was told it had potential as a "pain reliever" as well which I have NOT experienced at all...not even minutely. Not all meds work the same way for every "body".

I wish you well in your search for the right combination.
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#4 OCDRunner

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 06:52 AM

This is an update on the Cymbalta and lack of feeling issue. I took myself off of the drug and basically went cold turkey. It was fairly uncomfortable, but taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) helped with the brain zaps and insomnia.

I was off the drug for about two weeks before my wife and I were...amorous! It felt like I was a teenager again. The feeling was beyond description: explosive, consuming, overpowering etc... I'm just hoping I can find a better way to combat my OCD and accompanied anxiety.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:11 PM

This is the main reason why I joined this form.

This is day one for Cymbalta...I've been on Efexxor 150mg for the past two years, it fizzled out so my doctor asked if I wanted to switch...I said he!! yes I do.

Anyway he suggested Cymbalta...I'm weaning off the Efexxor XR the next two weeks.

My question is this; I've read that Cymbalta has adverse sexual side effects, for you men out there who have switched from or use to take Efexxor XR; is Cymbalta as worse as Efexxor in regards to ones Don Johnson not being up to par? ...you know, any premature shooting or lack of interest there of and stuff :hearts:

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 07:58 AM

This is the main reason why I joined this form.

This is day one for Cymbalta...I've been on Efexxor 150mg for the past two years, it fizzled out so my doctor asked if I wanted to switch...I said he!! yes I do.

Anyway he suggested Cymbalta...I'm weaning off the Efexxor XR the next two weeks.

My question is this; I've read that Cymbalta has adverse sexual side effects, for you men out there who have switched from or use to take Efexxor XR; is Cymbalta as worse as Efexxor in regards to ones Don Johnson not being up to par? ...you know, any premature shooting or lack of interest there of and stuff :hearts:

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Dan,

My experience with SSRIs and Cymbalta are as follows: Once I've been on them for a week or so, the feeling assoicated with sexual activities is reduced ~30 to 40%. This reduction is not a functional issue, Don Johnson is still able to stand at attention as needed. After about 1 to 1.5 years, sensitivity reduces to almost nothing. At points, I was not able to feel an orgasm, and when I did it was diminished by a significant amount.

Removing the drug from my system for a week or so brought back my ability to feel an orgasm once again. (It was unbelievably strong.) Now, comes the hard part: Can I live without these drugs? I've been drug free for about two months now.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 10:43 AM

I have taken Viagra for several years now as needed while on these meds (Cialis as well). It has helped greatly. Took time for the inability to have an orgasm to decrease but i'm happy with the ability to have sex and my partner doesn't complain that it takes longer (if at all) for me to achieve an orgasm :hearts:

I think the sexual side effects have something to do with the "not being able to obsess on things" If I totally focus on the task at hand with deep desires (and fantasies maybe)..... the sensitivity comes back for a bit, but then it's lost easily, hence no orgasm in site.

Hope this helps and isn't too detailed. hehe. Sexual topics can be touchy.

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 11:03 AM

Hi im Jim ive been diagnosed with social anxiety and depression. i just started taking cymbalta almost a week ago and i gotta say kinda freaked me out aside from the nausea and the sweats which seems to be common, the sexual side effects **** me, i have no problem with (e.d) but my end game is flawed, me and my fiance went at it for nearly an hour and a half and nothing we had to stop, im considered a minute man haha and this was a shock to me, i'm having a hard time deciding if i should stop taking it or give it time, cause i cant have that! but i guess my question is if i choose to stay on it will the orgasm problem go away eventually, im suppose to up my dosage to 60mg this week. i've also tried prozac, celexa and zoloft and same problems, are these meds all in the same family or what!

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 05:56 AM

Hi im Jim ive been diagnosed with social anxiety and depression. i just started taking cymbalta almost a week ago and i gotta say kinda freaked me out aside from the nausea and the sweats which seems to be common, the sexual side effects **** me, i have no problem with (e.d) but my end game is flawed, me and my fiance went at it for nearly an hour and a half and nothing we had to stop, im considered a minute man haha and this was a shock to me, i'm having a hard time deciding if i should stop taking it or give it time, cause i cant have that! but i guess my question is if i choose to stay on it will the orgasm problem go away eventually, im suppose to up my dosage to 60mg this week. i've also tried prozac, celexa and zoloft and same problems, are these meds all in the same family or what!


i had lack or no labido on both effexor and cym. The other night, I couldn't get it up no matter what we tried. The desire is there, the hardness isn't. Anyway from what I have read almost all AD do this. So, its a decision on which drug works best for you and can you live beig a minute man. Ii the fiance is worth her salt, she'll be sympathic. My gf and I decided that if it isn't happening that night no point in both of us not having an orgasim. Just make sure your finace realizes its the drugs and not her or you.

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 01:59 PM

from what Im reading, it must be the same for guys as it is for girls...minus the equipment. the reason why Im saying this is bc I had problems having an orgasm during my first two months taking cym, but then it smoothed out and the feelings came back. but when I first experienced the sexual difficulty..the desire was there but I just couldnt go any further with it. Ive been on cym for almost 6 months now, and I have no problems at all with the big O.

sorry to dip into yalls convo hehe...I just wanted you to know that your not alone.
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:10 AM

It has made me have no desire to even contemplate sex at the moment and the 'O' just doesn't seem to want to happen. I have never had a problem before so I know its the meds doing this. However, this is something I can cope with and my boyfriend has to as well as I would sooner be a happy person and put up with littel sex rather than miserable with plenty sex lol!!
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 07:45 AM

I'v been on Duloxetine since Feb this year.
Started off on 30mg, but that had no effect at all. I'm now on 60mg aday.

Got to say since about April, i'm just so horny, all the while. Not sure if it's a werid side effect or me just not getting enough.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 07:35 PM

Think these side effects affect men and women.
For me this has always been a sore point.I'm in a relationship and i'm at the point of wanting to finish it because i can't cope with the constant stress of it all.
The medical profs seem to underestimate how much of a problem this is for a lot of people.Almost as if its just something we have to put up with.I've mentioned it to my Drs in the past and its pretty much dismissed as a put up and shut up.
Depression itself can cause enough blips in this area,and combined with med side effects i've found having any kind of normal sex life is impossible.
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Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:06 AM

I feel really badly for those of you who have these problems.
I went on Cymbalta in October and by January was feeling hypersexual by January. This has come and gone in waves but the desire has been there since then. If anyone is just beginning this med., stick with it for at least 2 1/2 or 3 months to see if you get back to "normal" or maybe more.
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:15 PM

I just stopped taking Cymbalta. Of all the meds I've been on, it probably worked the best. After a year, it completely eliminated my ability to feel relations.

How has this drug effected your "relations?"

I'm very disappointed but am not ready to give that up.



Just chipping in - I have no sexual side effects. This is the first med I've ever been on that doesn't effect my sex life. It's weird! I actually like sex now?? Ok...anyway....
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 08:07 AM

I just stopped taking Cymbalta. Of all the meds I've been on, it probably worked the best. After a year, it completely eliminated my ability to feel relations.

How has this drug effected your "relations?"

I'm very disappointed but am not ready to give that up.



It does cause a disinterest in sex. Makes us sort of sexless creatures. I didnt really miss it since i had no sense of desire anyhow.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 08:42 AM

I just stopped taking Cymbalta. Of all the meds I've been on, it probably worked the best. After a year, it completely eliminated my ability to feel relations.

How has this drug effected your "relations?"

I'm very disappointed but am not ready to give that up.



It does cause a disinterest in sex. Makes us sort of sexless creatures. I didnt really miss it since i had no sense of desire anyhow.



I've only been on it for 2 weeks so who am I really to talk about this, but I haven't experienced any sexual side effets as of yet! And hoping it stays that way as I have quite a high drive shall we say... :hearts: I know when I was on Paxil I experienced 0 sex drive and I can honestly say that was the worst feeling!! Totally ruined the relationship I was in. The sacrifices we have to make to feel "normal"!
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 08:48 AM

I have also lost all interest in sex. It takes a long time to get things "rolling" and then there is no "O" at the end. I have never had this problem and it has left my husband feeling very inadequate. I have explained to him that it's not him, it's the drug, but still it's deflating. I have an appointment with my doctor to switch, but the more I'm reading on here, the more I think that I just want off completely.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 11:27 PM

I stopped taking Cymbalta cold turkey last Tuesday. I've had the "brain-zaps", the restlessness at night and temperature swings. I'm fortunate in that I am a student and live at by myself. While that sounds great at 47 it's a little scary. Depression has cost me my job and relationship of 10 years. Luckily my doctor had prescribed some Ambien a couple of months ago. I take it at night to help me sleep.

My insurance ends at the end of July so I've been trying to get off all my meds (I can't afford them). I've been tapering off my Lamictal and Geodon while quitting my Cymbalta cold turkey. This forum has helped me realize I am not losing my mind with the side effects I'm feeling. It also explains why I've cleaned out every closet in the apartment.

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 01:25 AM

I was given several anti-depressants after going through a traumatic family event. The one that worked best is Cymbalta, however, when you go on anti-depressants immediately after a life changing event, you are never sure how much to attribute to the situation and how much to the meds.

Several side effects were present immediately. I had sweats and my back had a breakout of acne. That lasted for only a few days and was no longer a problem.

For the first several weeks, I could not have an O no matter how hard we tried. It was ridiculous. After about two months, that started to change and now it's about 50-50 after 9 months of being on Cymbalta. No doubt, the time it takes to achieve O still is really long, sometimes 60-90 minutes. Hence, unless you have a lot of energy or a lot of time (something I don't have a lot of), you would rather just skip it.

Libido is definitely down as well. I still like looking at pretty women, but things that used to get the job done (fantasies, porn), just don't have the same effect as pre-Cymbalta. I look at my partner as more of a best friend than a lover which is not ideal for either of us.

Why do I stay on it? I've tried others and tired of the work of changing and the weird way I felt after changing meds. It does make me feel better and some things that used to bother me (flying, crowds) don't bother me any more. Moreover, I couldn't sleep before without Ambien and now I never need to take the Ambien to sleep.

Wish, however, that I could be myself in the sex category again.

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 07:11 PM

Frankly, the effect to my libido is opposite. I am more easily aroused, etc. (Female here, by the way.)

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 01:01 PM

It seems to be the trend that the anti-depressants affect female sexuality less than men.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 01:07 AM

^ I wouldn't say that. Whether or not you will suffer sexual side effects from taking an antidepressant, and the severity of it, depends on your chemistry.
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 09:18 AM

When I first started taking Cymbalta I had major concerns about my "performance" because the medicine seemed to numb everything. For about the first 2 weeks, it was stressful because it seemed like I just couldn't get aroused despite the fact that I have a beautiful, understanding, incredibly supportive wife. After about 2 weeks, those symptoms seemed to go away and everything was back to normal in terms of performance but we definitely were doing it less because I always felt fatigued. Now I'm off it, my sex drive feels like its making up for lost time and my wife is jokingly (I think) suggesting that I get back on it. :shocked:
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Posted 18 December 2009 - 05:23 PM

I've been on Cymbalta for 4 years and it's been a mixed bag in the sexuality dept. I don't have a problem achieving climax through ************* (I'm a woman), but I only have interest in that about once a week or so. When I was in a relationship, I had interest in sex, but it wasn't a totally connected kind of passion-- more like eating to satisfy hunger, not because of sheer pleasure. I couldn't often orgasm because of this lack of connection. I really don't run into someone in a bar or at a party and feel that powerful sense of attraction anymore, which makes me kind of sad! I really miss that feeling, even if I don't miss all the "down" feelings that go along with the "ups".

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:38 PM

I have been on and off Cymbalta for 3 years.  I've been off it up to 7 months and did OK, but depression related to work and marital/relationship issues surfaced.  Even without life's stresses, I've suffered depression all my life, but not a debilitating type where one stays in bed, doesn't bathe as I've heard others can have, but more the type where I can't focus on work, get agitated easily, am in a perpetual malaise with a cynical, negative attitude about things.

 

So, I took 30mg all the times before up until about two months ago when my dose was upped to 60mg per day.  I take it in the morning.  I have had trouble sleeping, but that is getting better.  I can perform, but it takes a little longer to become ready.  I've noticed it takes me a long time to climax, and sometimes I don't.  I've noticed that things that would get me going, such as seeing a sexy model, or any other trigger, just don't trigger me into wanting sex like before.  I'm 50, but I can attest that I believe it is the medication.

 

It's great reading everyone elses experiences, which help me know that it isn't just me.  This reduced desire has given me new motivation to try to get off the medications at some point, but I may have to wait another year.  My psychiatrist said it takes a while for the treatment to calibrate our brains to a more normal state.  Yes, I will try to wean off after a while.

 

Other times when I've missed the doses I have experienced the brain flashes, (or zaps as others have described).  I do experience some dizziness being on the meds at times, and one time I almost fainted.  It only happened once, and I was at home, but I've read that can be a side effect.

 

These are seriously powerful drugs people.  Do not try to do this alone.  Always consult your doctor, and preferably a psychiatrist before starting any meds or trying to go off them.  Psychiatrists are more knowledgeable about more drugs than a Primary Care Doctor, and getting the wrong meds can make things way worse.

 

 



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 07:45 PM

I've been on Cymbalta for about almost 2 years and it worked wonders at first. But now I'm a lot more depressed and lack motivation to do anything. I can't get aroused and it's been causing a lot of strain on my relationship. My boyfriend understands but I feel bad that we don't share that intimacy as much anymore because of my low libido. I have a med eval and I can't wait.

 

Anyone experience this find medications that didn't effect libido? If so, which ones? I've tried wellbutrin a couple times, zoloft (awful experience for me), trazadone (may be an option), remeron (didn't like the weight gain), lexapro (worked initially then not so much). I'm not trying to be picky, but I'm sure you guys empathize. It sucks when they don't work, but totally awesome when they do work! :)



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:12 AM

I am a girlfriend of someone who is taking Cymbalta (he was I think on 90mg and tapered down to 60 recently) and Concerta for years before I met him. For the first couple years, he was okay with his sexual desire and orgasm, but now, neither one of those things are happening. He has little to no desire, cannot usually get an erection and hasn't been able to "complete himself" for awhile now and I'm about to my bursting point. He is supposevely working with his doctor to help either lower his dose or taper off completely off of his cymbalta (I guess try a new drug, but he doesn't seem to like many other anti-depressants).

 

Any suggestions on how I should handle this? This is about to severely affect our relationship. He has told me he has been trying to work on his medicines for a couple years now and it has seem to only have gotten worse (the no sex, no orgasm on his part).

 

 

HELP?!






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