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  1. When I discontinued Cymbalta it took months to feel normal sexually.  It's been over 18 months without medication.  In the last few months I have had much worse anxiety than anything previously experienced.  I still have a stash of Cymbalta (as per agreement with psychiatrist) so if I felt the need before my next appointment I could start taking them again. After 4 days I could not orgasm normally. In 6 days I felt much less anxiety. After a couple weeks of unable to get sexual release I quit Cymbalta.  I also had started back on the Wellbutrin at 150mg, but thats not cutting the anxiety alone anymore. It sure helped with my desires though. Mix great desire with impossible resolution and you have frustration.  Anxiety and frustration. Cymbalta makes it so hard to finish.  I just shake like I'm having tremors or becoming possessed by demons.  Sometimes while trying to get there, I lose all pleasurable feelings and it becomes an annoying sensation. I can go for a while with a good feeling and then it switches to uncomfortable, it is so bizarre. Speaking of bizarre Vanta, you should never feel bad telling your doctor that you cant orgasm because of a medication, I am sure your doctor has heard it before. My doctor was quick to admit that it is a common problem and yet they don't know why.  Best of luck to you and any others with this problem.


  2. On May 16, 2016 at 11:05 AM, MurseHog said:

    I have been doing the testosterone replacement for 15 weeks, I had severe lack of energy and no motivation, i was on citalopram at this point. now my MD placed me on wellbrutrin and the anger outbursts are horrific, glad I have understanding family and friends. now the Doc wants to add Prozac to the mix... is there anyone out there that has been in this spot before?

    MurseHog.  I take cymbalta, wellbutrin and androgel (plus a pile of other stuff for heart and pain management). I have never had any anger issues, even since starting Wellbutrin 300 mg a bit less than a year ago.  I did have super low T at one point  (many years ago) so that is at least under control now.  I take 4 pumps a day and seem to be fine.  I have heard of "roid rage" from steroid abuse.  Is your testosterone level too high?  What are you using for replacement?   The adding of SSRI or SNRI may cure your mood issues but chances are it could affect your libido and sexual ability.  If that matters to you then you need to bring this up with your prescribing doctor.  Good luck!


  3. 22 minutes ago, Naitomea1224 said:

    Welcome to DF @pixielow, I hope you are able to find your interactions here to be informational, useful and comforting.

    Most if not all of us are either going through depression or have been through it. So we know to some extent what it maybe like for others. Instead of living on that cloud 9 of happiness, everyday becomes a struggle to survive.

    But we can overcome depression with the right mental push and environment around us :).

    Sounds like a cool app! I have an iPhone so I can't have the great experience. hint hint  


  4. On January 27, 2016 at 6:15 AM, zon said:

    I couldn't find any general SSRI forum so I guess this will be the right place to post this, also for some reason a search of these forums for "PSSD" returns 0 results which I found quite surprising, and might actually be a sign that it is not a serious risk but I'd like to bring it up here and ask about other peoples experiences/knowledge on the subject as I was unable to find much in the way of reliable information on the subject.

     

    PSSD is Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction, basically sexual dysfunction that continues for months or years even after you stop taking the medication.

     

    I know there are a lot of side effects that come with SSRIs and other anti depressants, especially in the first month, although I did not know of any that could remain permanent even after stopping the treatment, and especially for me as a very sexually active young person I have to say this scares the hell out of me!

     

    So has anyone any experience or knowledge about PSSD? How common is it? How long does it last?

     

    Does anyone have any suggestions to avoid it?

     

    I am currently experiencing a small amount of sexual numbness (currently in my 2nd week of 25-40mg Sertraline (Zoloft). So far this amount is fine, in fact even has its benefits but I am keeping a very close eye on it and am thinking to low the amount or stop taking completely if this numbness increases to a point I am not willing to live with. If anyone has any suggestions for me they would be greatly appreciated.

     

    So far the most reliable and thorough information I found on the topic was this pdf article published in 2008:

    http://benthamopen.com/ABSTRACT/TOPSYJ-1-42

    I think that PSSD is real.  It may not always be permanent but in some people it quite likely is.  My experience, SNRI for years, Cymbalta up to 90 mg. Sex was barely ok with medical intervention.  I had delayed orgasms and it usually required additional help to come after intercourse.  Finally I quit Cymbalta for a year.  My orgasms were by now weak and only one twitch but they still gave me some satisfaction.  After a year of being off it, I had to go back on Cymbalta. At the initial does of 30 mg for one week I was having sexual dysfunction worse than ever.  I moved to 60 mg as per instructions after the first week and I never orgasmed again, even back at 30 mg.  I was given additional Wellbutrin 300 mg and it made my libido rise but not my penis.  Hours of actual wife or self stimulation was no help,  I could not get off.  By now I am using penis injections for erections. They are awesome and give the best wood in years!! My wife is happy, I am not so much.  After intercourse it is a ritual to try by hand.  Most times all that happens is something weird and embarrassing to describe.  I get twitching in my legs and toes intense sensation but no orgasm.  After a point my organ is so extremely sensitive we have to quit.  I am ready the next day to try it again as my libido is doing fine.  Nothing really changes and I never orgasm or ejaculate.  

    My next experiment was to see how long I would be off cymbalta before I could orgasm. The answer is about 1 week with no Cymbalta but still taking the Wellbutrin. Within one week off Cymbalta I have the original sadness I was taking the drug for.  

    I feel good taking Cymbalta other than the sexual side effects.    


  5. On January 14, 2016 at 11:55 PM, Kiesha said:

    I have also been on and off Effexor over the course of the last 10 yrs or so. I'm a frequent sexual side effect flyer. I know that this is a well documented side effect of this medication, even though they say it's minimal.

    I have consistently went through the same scenario everytime I've tried this drug(and it's been a few). Initially I am so doped up that I could loose my naughty bits and not even know it. I have no use for them or anyone else's.

    After a couple months the "wanting" returns but there isn't any payout. I hope that makes sense. In fact I would say that the interest is much better than when I'm unmedicated.

    Generally this is when I a) decide I am cured and stop taking it or b) get frustrated with the anorgasma and stop taking it

    Shortly after the discontinuation syndrome that I always get (yay!) my drive, my follow through.... It all comes back.

    And then it leaves, to be replaced by more anxiety. Hence starting the process over.

    I am not recommending this; just giving my experiences. I clearly don't have this figured out but I hope everyone the very best in their ventures.

    Kiesha, you have the same symptoms as I have with Cymbalta.  I started Cymbalta 5 years ago and at the time it didn't **** the big OH, just delayed it. I started at 30 mg, then went to the "therapeutic dose" 60 mg for a long time. Finally I was on 90 mg and it did slightly more harm to the big OH. Eventually I asked to get off Cymbalta and had a great year of sex (just kidding).  When I had to go back onto Cymbalta, starting again at 30mg, I had diminished sensation during orgasm. When I went to 60 mg after a week of being on the 30 mg startup dose,  I lost all ability to orgasm. *** I though! When I complained to the psychiatrist  he prescribed Wellbutrin 300 xl to take with the Cymbalta.  It definitely helped me feel the need for sex but did not cure the cymbalta-gasm dilemma.  My family doctor said I may have to make a choice for one or the other. Drug or sex, um, feel good up there, or, feel good down there.  Now, we are talking about a doctor that hasn't had this happen to him yet. 

    Even taking the Cymbalta at 30 or 60 mg along with the Wellbutrin, I have a desire for sexual satisfaction.  The more times I fail at finishing during intercourse or alone, the more frustrated I become.  It is like I become obsessed with the desire to come.  I am currently just taking 30 mg of Cymbalta along with Wellbutrin and my psychiatrist is fine with that. I can stop Cymbalta completely for a few days with no sign of depression, crying or orgasm returning. My latest experiment is going off Cymbalta long enough to come.  It's taking about 5 or more days for my ability to return which is about the same time it takes to feel sad about the stupidest things.

    Kiesha I totally agree with you, when on Cymbalta (also an SNRI class as Effexor is) I could be mortally wounded by the genitals and feel no pain.  It's actually like the poor bits are already cut off from my body, that's how dead the sensation is.  My difference is the lack of sensation is becoming the thing I am most obsessed about, the desire to "try again" is like a snowball rolling down the mountain. It just keeps getting bigger and faster!  Nothing like obsessing about your next big OH, and never getting it.  

    Keisha when you said "Initially I am so doped up that I could loose my naughty bits and not even know it" It struck me like a brick and prompted my response.  My difference,  Wellbutrin, which drives up the desire, and that is it! 

     


  6. I take 300 mg of Wellbutrin XL (along with a bit of Cymbalta) and I can have a few drinks with no problems other than getting slightly tipsy. Every time I see my cardiologist I have to fill in a form... which asks the same questions as the last time. How many drinks of alcohol ? Answering social drinking does NOT cut it for an answer.  7 drinks per week or less does ! I'm sure I average far less than 7 per week over a month or year.  


  7. On May 29, 2016 at 8:14 AM, zdude954 said:

    Getting a phone call from work (hr) yelling at me (while tying to sound mean) telling me my schedule change and I better not show my face tomorrow. (I am now off)

    Getting told not to work tomorrow would lead me to believe I had lost my sense of reality ... or my job! LOL, A day off is definitely a happy thing!


  8. On January 28, 2016 at 8:24 AM, murrayha said:

    Testosterone replacement therapy has been shown to be beneficial for reversing feelings of depression in men and women: is it truth ?

    I was finally diagnosed with depression before I discovered that I had developed severe hypogonadism.  Even whilst taking Androgel it seems that I still need  an  antidepressant to keep me happy.  Looking back over the years I think I may have always had a bit of a problem particularly with control of anger and temper.  Now my main symptom is increased sadness to the point of crying about silly things.  This is not how any guy wants to feel.  Unfortunately my Cymbalta is playing havoc with one of the things that I want from my testosterone.  So, I have skipped the Cymbalta now for 4 days (but still taking the Wellbutrin)  and I could have cried watching the news on tv tonight.  


  9. On March 8, 2016 at 9:29 PM, just me 2 said:

    I currently take Ultram for chronic pain and recently my doc suggested I try Cymbalta (really talked it up).but after reading all these posts I am thinking it's not for me.I do realize that everyone reacts differently to meds as I am med sensitive and can get by taking low doses.that work for me. I know I don't want to take the stronger pain meds than what I am now on and the Ultram has truly helped me. Has anyone gone from Ultram to Cymbalta with success? Thanks for listening and stay well.

     

     

    Cymbalta is worth a try but truthfully it likely won't do anything for your pain but it should help your depression caused by the pain (my non expert opinion).    I have, in the past, tried Lyrica and Tramadol as well and it did nothing for nerve pain in my shoulder. Lyrica made me feel like I was losing my memory.   I also used Tramadol and it was not very effective either.  Your doctor just doesn't wan't to get you on a stronger narcotic (in my opinion) if something else will work for you.  There's nothing to lose from trying Cymbalta though, so good luck.  Cymbalta sure works good for my sadness but it does cause some side effects with my love life.  Getting back to pain control, I am using Dilaudid along with Tylenol and Ibuprofen to control arthritis in my hands and wrists.  Dilaudid side effects are scary though and I'm totally scared about the addictive aspect of narcotic pain meds.  Narcotics also cause drowsiness and withdrawl symptoms that are terrible.    Therefore starting at the least dangerous and working up is the best policy regardless of what worked for me or anyone else. Good luck !


  10. You know Corbin, when I was 18, I had friends that were girls and friends that were guys.  I hung around with guys mostly, but I could talk to girls all day long.  I never really got the urge to ask a girl out until long after high school.  Eventually I did just that.  I think in your case you need to just carry on with life whether it be, in school or work,  be the best you can be at what you want.  Cultivate friends not based on gender, but on their quality characteristics as human beings, as friends.  Don't be in a rush to categorize yourself.  I think we live in a world of "too much information" and "too much social pressure".  Whatever your sexual orientation is, people will accept you for being you.  You have to accept you for being who you are.  Until you know the answer, carry on.  Best of all Good Luck!


  11. Wow, you have a right to be scared!  I'm on Cymbalta, which by the way is not an SSRI but an SNRI. It sounds to me (a person with multiple allergies) that you are more likely allergic to some component in the actual pill.  Talk to a pharmacist about what common ingredients are in these to drugs. Titanium dioxide and all the other things.   I found that 30 mg Cymbalta has a different dye than 60 mg Cymbalta. I now take  2 - 30 mg Cymbalta pills. Also, any chance you had a reaction to something else unrelated?  If not, there are lots of other medications that can give the same result. It's just like Tylenol and Advil, they both lower pain.  Good luck and keep working for an improved emotional state!  If you can't find a suitable drug consider asking your doctor about rTMS.   Good luck! 


  12. On April 11, 2016 at 3:07 PM, Jack Brannon said:

    Hi I'm jack and I'm 31 years I recently started on cymbalta 30mg and have been on it for 12 days now to help with depression/anxiety and so far the only thing I've noticed was some mild nausea during the first 5 days then that kinda settled down and now I'm on day 12 and not noticing any improvement in mood, energy, motivation nothin. Is it too early to make an assessment? Should I call doc and ask her to up the dose? Or do you all think I should give this more time?? 

    You may not notice any improvement before 6 to 10 weeks.  I was fine after 2 months on 60 mg (then a few years later went to 90mg). I also started at 30 mg for a week both times I was on the drug. The first time I used Cymbalta I stayed on it for 4 years and eventually got up to 90 mg.  I finally quit taking Cymbalta very slowly over 3 or 4 months because I gained a pile of weight.  Eventually after a year of being off the drug I got a bit of depression and crybaby emotions back as well as a little bit of suicide ideation.  My psychiatrist says I'm not allowed a little bit (suicide)... LOL The second time I went on Cymbalta it has had a much worse side effect on my love life.  Eventually I ended up on Wellbutrin 300 mg and Cymbalta 30 mg combined to improve sexual function but am still unable to orgasm.  Wellbutrin has made a good improvement on my attitude and outlook on life. I'm having a hard time understanding how I could previously take 90 mg and still orgasm and now 30 mg makes the big OH impossible.  If at first you don't succeed? Try, try, try.....

    Good Luck Jack and give things a chance to work themselves out.  I've been on several other meds that made me feel way worse, like spaced out or like being outside my body.  Cymbalta has never done that to me.  


  13. I've been on Cymbalta for quite a while and during that 5+ year time I went off completely for about 1 year (because of weight gain).  Both times I started Cymbalta  I started with 30 mg and moved up to 60 mg after a week.  If your dad started at 60 mg I would think he could feel worse than a bit out of sorts.  I have, during the first 4 years of Cymbalta been on the highest dose of 90 mg which helped lower my depression immensely.  Back to starting up with the stuff. I personally had instant effects from the first week on Cymbalta, both good and not so good.  For the most part, now that I have done it twice, I would suggest that for me the sadness or crying did not stop immediately but over a period of months. 2 months and you will likely see the full effects.  The second time I started Cymbalta I had instant sexual dysfunction  (or so I thought) at 30 mg. When I moved up to 60 mg I completely lost my ability to orgasm.  I eventually (after begging my psychiatrist) got an additional prescription for Bupropion (Wellbutrin) 300 XL for increased sexual benefits.  The Wellbutrin has been a flop for the sex but a positive boost for energy and upbeat mood.  I'm now taking 30mg Cymbalta and 300 Wellbutrin.  


  14. I was on Cymbalta for a long time and it does have a small effect on your sexual response.  A bit in the desire department and some in the actual climax intensity and sensation.  I think it is worth the try, don't go by how you feel for the first 2 or 3 months, minimum. I remember the first few doses of Cymbalta and I had the sexiest feelings going on! Ya, that didn't last, which is too bad!  Since my reply is almost a year late I would be curious to hear your take on Cymbalta!


  15. I was on Cymbalta for at least 4 years.  Finally I decided I wanted to be off the stuff and managed to do it with the guidance of my doctor.  I never thought Cymbalta made a huge difference on the whole sexual aspect of my life.  Sure, it slowed down the ability to climax but it did not eliminate the ability.  After being off the drug for almost 5 months I now realize it did actually decrease my desire and ability for sexual enjoyment.  It's subtle which is a good thing because if you need Cymbalta you don't need to know it's muting you sex life.  So far I'm doing fine, a few more tears but way better and more frequent orgasms.  


  16. I was on 90 mg of Cymbalta for many years.  Finally after a bit of weight gain I decided to get off the drugs.  I weaned of over 3 months according to my doctors instructions and never really had any severe adverse effects.  The only problem I seem to have is a slight emotional instability.  I cry from the slightest sad event.  Funerals are a definite chore to maintain composure.  Overal, this is getting better. It's been almost 5 months that I have been off Cymbalta completely. 


  17. I work in a medical related office- I'm vague to hide my identity. It is pretty frickin funny since I work with people/ patients and am a happy worker. A patient killed herself. We were all shocked. We had no idea she suffered from depression. It was after that I decided I'd better get help. Now when I say "fine" or a patient says it I really wonder how many people are NOT FINE. Work is my refuge. No time for my brain to wander, focus on the job and my purpose.

    almostbroken

    I always say fine, even after 5 coronary stents. Sometimes I'm not so fine but i am stuck with the same lie.


  18. There's something from my past that deals with sexual behavior that is holding me back and literally haunting me. It all was due to walking in on something on the television that grown ups were watching that I shouldn't have walked in on. IT IS CREATING SO MUCH STRESS FOR ME BECAUSE I FEEL GUILTY, ASHAMED, AND NOT NORMAL!! :(

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    Yikes, I think the younger you are the more adversely you would be affected by witnessing anything like that. It must have been embarrassing! I am a dad and grampa a brother and husband. As you mature and make your way through life you will find yourself become immune to most sexual embarrassment. Your parents changed your diaper and saw your bare bottom. I once had surgery on my testicle, I was horrified! Next time it was a hernia in the groin, and I got shaved down there by a crazy female nurse!!! The last 2 months it has been heart artery repair and I've had my groin shaved twice. I'm wearing long sleeve shirts because this nurse thought my lower arm was too hairy. I now have a half shaved arm. Women in childbirth, there are 4-6 people watching. I wish we could all walk around naked and get over the silly notion about are private parts, it would sure help with unwarranted anxiety! I think we worry too much!

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