Is this normal for anti d's? Are there any that don't have the sexual side effects??
Jen Mama of 2 precious boys (9) (6) and still in with my Matt after 12 years together.
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Barbara: an always learning SAHM of Ilana (11) and Aiden (8) living in Belgium with my amazing husband.
Sometimes, taking a SSRI "holiday" (skipping the pill for a day or two) can help. This was recommended to me by one of my docs. This also doesn't work well for everyone, and some people are too sensitive to the meds to skip doses.
I have tried a variety of the herbs that claim to boost libido (damiana, ginko, ginseng, blends) without any success, but YMMV. Good luck. It really sucks when the price of being depression free is sexual impairment.
Different antidepressants are prescribed for different symptoms...and some work well for some people but not for others. Some have a strong anti-anxiety component or are more compatible with other meds, so merely substituting Wellbutrin for Paxil may not be the answer. If Paxil works really great for you, then that's an important factor in deciding what to take.
The best thing for my libido has been regular exercise. Losing a tiny bit of weight and feeling strong and active -- it's really improved my self-image and made me feel more desirable, which helped overall. I still don't have a huge desire and the "o" is hard to get to, but exercise has definitely helped (and of course I'd never have gotten to the point of feeling like exercising if I hadn't been on Lexapro for over a year).