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Zolofts Sexual Side Effects?

I'm 18 years old, and i am sexually active. Ive since been put on Zoloft for depression and anxiety. Now im hardly in the mood for sex anymore and my girlfriend blames herself. I want to help this problem..but i want to try and avoid Viagra and other prescription medications. Ive heard ginkgo and L-anginine(spelling?) can help but im not really sure where to find those locally. Does anyone have any suggestions to my problem? The less my parents know the better

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Don't listen to these internet "doctors" ...you do not have to switch anything...

    I'm about 6 months into Zoloft, and I love it...my life has much improved everything is great, and after initially dropping, my sex drive has returned.

    This guide also really helped:

    "How to Increase Libido while on Antidepressants/SSRIs"

    http://mistermanpower.net/blog/?p=171

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  • 4 years ago

    Well, I can tell you from experience what the side effects for women are. Decreased libido, decreased ability to climax from intercourse, and literal impotence. Basically, no matter how great everything is, it just doesn't do anything for you. I've had some relief by adding a second drug with fewer sexual side effects. Good luck! It's a tough situation for both involved.

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  • John N
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    you are confusing libido with the ability to perform. Viagra has absolutely nothing to do with WANTING sex or being 'in the mood'; it merely ensures that you will have good wood when sexually stimulated. The ginko and arginine would have similar effects.

    Yes, Zoloft can diminish sexual drive. You may need to try another type of anti depressant.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ask your doctor to switch you from Zoloft to Wellbutrin. I have been taking it for several years. After being on it for a month or so, I noticed that it had greatly increased my sex drive. My orgasms were lasting longer. Now my orgasm last for two minutes, or more if I'm really turned on.

    It's awesome!

    Source(s): Personal experience for 5 + years.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Possible Side Effects

    If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Zoloft and contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); an irregular heartbeat or pulse; low blood pressure (dizziness, weakness); high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision); or chills or fever. If you experience any of the following less serious side effects, continue taking Zoloft and talk to your doctor: headache; tremor, nervousness, or anxiety; nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, or changes in appetite or weight; sleepiness or insomnia; or decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

    More Information

    If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking sertraline and contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); an irregular heartbeat or pulse; low blood pressure (dizziness, weakness); high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision); or chills or fever.

    # If you experience any of the following less serious side effects, continue taking sertraline and talk to your doctor:

    * headache;

    * tremor, nervousness, or anxiety;

    * nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, or changes in appetite or weight;

    * sleepiness or insomnia; or

    * decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

    # Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Zoloft

    Generic name: Sertraline

    Sertraline tablets

    What are sertraline tablets?

    SERTRALINE (Zoloft®) is an antidepressant. It helps to improve a depressed person's mood. Sertraline can also help people with an obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks, post-trauma stress, or social anxiety. Sertraline may also be prescribed for other purposes, like premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe type of premenstrual syndrome. Generic sertraline tablets are available.

    What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

    They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

    bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder

    diabetes

    heart disease

    liver disease

    receiving electroconvulsive therapy

    seizures (convulsions)

    suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member

    an unusual or allergic reaction to sertraline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

    pregnant or trying to get pregnant

    breast-feeding

    How should I take this medicine?

    Take sertraline tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. You may take sertraline with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.

    Do not use this medication in children unless you have been specifically instructed to do so by your health care provider. A Medication Guide About Using Antidepressants in Children and Teenagers is available from your health care professional and should be read and discussed with the health care provider if this drug is being used in a child or adolescent.

    What if I miss a dose?

    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take double or extra doses.

    What drug(s) may interact with sertraline?

    Sertraline has the potential to interact with a variety of medications, check with your healthcare professional. The following list contains some of these interactions.

    Do not take sertraline with any of the following medications:

    astemizole (Hismanal®)

    cisapride (Propulsid®)

    pimozide (Orap®)

    terfenadine (Seldane®)

    thioridazine (Mellaril®)

    medicines called MAO inhibitors-phenelzine (Nardil®), tranylcypromine (Parnate®), isocarboxazid (Marplan®), selegiline (Eldepryl®)

    Sertraline may also interact with the following medications:

    amphetamine

    bosentan

    carbamazepine

    certain diet drugs (dexfenfluramine, fenfluramine, phentermine, sibutramine)

    certain migraine headache medicines (almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan)

    cimetidine

    cyclosporine

    dextroamphetamine

    dextromethorphan

    diazepam

    doxercalciferol

    furazolidone

    linezolid

    other medicines for mental depression, mania, anxiety, psychosis or difficulty sleeping

    phenobarbital

    prescription pain medications

    procarbazine

    rifabutin

    rifampin

    rifapentine

    selegiline

    St. John's wort

    tolbutamide

    tramadol

    warfarin

    Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, and herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

    What side effects may I notice from taking sertraline?

    Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

    anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, inability to sleep, irritability, hostility or extreme anger, aggressiveness, engaging in unusual or dangerous activities, restlessness or inability to sit still, fast talking, actions that are out of control, extreme elation or feeling of happiness that may switch back and forth with a depressed or sad mood

    fast heart rate, palpitations

    dizziness or lightheadedness

    skin rash, itching (hives)

    unusual tiredness or weakness

    vomiting

    Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

    agitation or restlessness

    blurred vision

    constipation (less common) or diarrhea (more common)

    difficulty sleeping

    drowsiness

    dry mouth

    flushing (redness of skin)

    headache

    indigestion, nausea

    increased or decreased appetite

    increased sweating

    intestinal gas

    sexual difficulties (decreased sexual ability or desire)

    tremor (shaking)

    What should I watch for while taking sertraline?

    Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Continue to take your medicine even if you

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    anti-depressants do that its not your girlfriend its the pill...

    and i have no idea...

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