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People really have permanent sexual dysfunction after taking SSRIs? Really?


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#1 ZayKayWill

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:38 PM

I've never taken SSRIs personally, but apparently there are some people that experience PSSD and it NEVER goes away.  I just don't get it.  Why do doctors even allow this stuff to be prescribed if it does something like that?  If that happened to me I seriously don't think I would be able to live like that...that just sounds awful.  The fact that that's even a thing makes me so mad...


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#2 Spruce30

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 01:34 AM

I have had PSSD for over 8 years. I think about killing myself a lot. No doctors will believe me. I have numb genitals, pleasureless orgasms, and no sex drive whatsoever. It is a living nightmare. I have complained about this problem to over 15 doctors over an 8 year perioid, and only one believed me, as he had some ex patients who also suffered PSSD. But when i pressed the issue about PSSD he got nasty and didnt want to talk about it. Doctors dont like talking about it. I have been left to rot. I am very angry.



#3 Futurerecovery

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:54 AM

Yes, it can persist forever. I took an SSRI just for a few days 2 years ago and suffer from the Pssd syndrome. Often the PSSD syndrome also causes that the brain is not able to evoke feelings anymore. Many people who hear this the first time think that it's just depression because they can not imagine such a cruel condition and they don't WANT to believe it.

German fMRI study about PSSD http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/14351-take-part-in-new-pssd-study/
 

Please also complete this questionnaire in order to possibly promote Italian PSSD research if you have PSSD / Post-SSRI PGAD:
http://survivinganti...-pgad/?p=247055


#4 catnapt

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:09 AM

sexual issues from SSRIs is a well known side effect, they are given to sex offenders in prison as part of their rehab (they have the option to take them or not)

any dr who claims it's not an issue is either an idiot or is lying


1974-2002 many psych meds, all types; longest used drugs include lithium, seroquel, SSRI's zoloft & celexa; many CT's off drugs

2002-2015 on varying doses of lexapro, as  high as 40 mgs, but usually 20mgs

June 2015: tapered too fast to 2.5mgs, then to 2.5mgs every other day Dec 2015:  found SA forum; holding at 2.5mgs 

Early May 2016: jumped off at 2.5mgs, not smart- crashed in late Sept.

Oct 26 2016  reinstated liquid lexapro 0.05ml/day at night, dose +/- til settling on 0.15BID (0.3/day)= windows and waves

Jan 8, 2017 too quick switch to single dose in the morning, 0.3mgs (bad mistake, led to a crash)

Jan 12,2017 added low dose zyprexa for SI, took infrequently as rescue med, last dose Feb.15

Jan 26,2017 lexapro 0.27mg Feb 25 lexapro updose back to 0.3mg due to unrelenting severe insomnia

March 1,2017 insomnia worse, back down to 0.29 to 0.27, to 0.25- improving!! March 17 0.24 April 7 0.21 May7 0.20

March 7, 2017 added low dose lamictal, adjusting dose based on response (currently ~12.5mgs)

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#5 ZayKayWill

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 02:49 PM

If that's really the case I don't see why the FDA or w/e would allow doctors to prescribe these things.  Doesn't seem the least bit ethical.  Doctors are literally letting peoples lives be ruined by this crap...seriously...


June 2013 - Vyvanse 40mgs and Adderall 20mgs

 

March 2015 - Concerta 36mgs and Seroquel 50mgs

 

August 2016 - Vyvanse 50mgs

 

November 2016 - Current - Vyvanse 60mgs, Seroquel 50mgs (I cut them in half and only take 25mgs), Wellbutrin 450gs (I hardly ever take it)

 

Current Withdrawal Symptoms: Very abnormal pins and needles/bubble feeling on the right and backside of my head (thought it was a brain tumor, so got both an MRI and CT Scan that came back normal), random waves of extreme depression sometimes with suicidal thoughts, tired most of the time, get anxious for seemingly no reason, sometimes hard to sleep. 


#6 Theon

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 02:59 PM

Ssri can make you unable to feel romantic love and can leave you completely asexual. It happened to me. And it is a persistent problem, but it is better to just move on because you can get depressed or obsessed with it... better accept it and move on.


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April 2014 - May 2015----------    Prozac 20mg On and Off.  Second time on it I developed apathy, changes in personality, asexuality.

May 2015  -   July 2015-----------------  Tappering off prozac. Still no feelings,anhedonia, apathy, no libido, asexuality.

Current symptoms--------  pssd (asexuality in my case). Anxiety and depression developed some months afer stopping prozac, could have been caused by obsessing and beating myself up too much when I found myself unable to like girls again. The best thing to do with pssd (which in my case is asexuality) is accept it and move on.


#7 fema4psychiatrists

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 07:00 PM

If that's really the case I don't see why the FDA or w/e would allow doctors to prescribe these things.  Doesn't seem the least bit ethical.  Doctors are literally letting peoples lives be ruined by this crap...seriously...

Yes I would consider another being r*ping my life away unethical. Doctors get their mortgages paid, in fact many a mortgage has been paid.

 

The emotional brain damage alongside the sexual damage is yes it is. It is grossly unfair, I wish my life back so badly everyday to the point I wish I was dead everyday but more importantly I just want my life back everyday.

 

It is permanent brain damage, sexual r*pe for life. 

 

It has been about 7 years now for me. It is not going to heal. The sexual interference's with 'antidepressants' and other psych drugs have been well documented since at least the 1960's.

 

Possessing another human beings sexuality for any belief or money is a grave human rights abuse.  

PS: google Eunuch 


Cocktail drugged since 9

Genitals went numb

Extreme intestinal gas and pain

Extreme anxiety cant concentrate

All permanent

 

Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD)

http://pssdblog.blogspot.com


#8 nz11

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 11:41 PM

Make no mistake about it for some of us these horrific chemicals vapourize the urge to merge.

 

To do that to a person is beyond a crime.


2000 amitryptaline, nortriptaline venlafaxine clonazepam for  arm pain from keyboard use, told I had a chemical imbalance it would fix my arm was just a matter of finding the right med for me not informed of the nature of these drugs assured safe and not addictive, CT off Effexor after being told to double the dose on reporting adverse effects...later ..uncharacteristic psych panic tearful presented to doctor to get answers. Given paroxetine no questions asked 'safe and not addictive' next please.2001-2010 paroxetine (paxil) 2 failed attempts to quit, a learned helplessness set in. Feb 10 - Sept 10,  8 month clueless taper, hell. Doc said I had underlying depression .. I said that's not right' then found online support group and the truth!...overcome with inconceivable humiliation and outrage. 28 Sept 10 drug free ...  daily psych and emotional torture beginning in the waking hours of the morning receding somewhat in the evening only to start up again the next day. 28 Sept 12 (24 months) Stabilizing  (What an indescribable unimaginable non-functional nightmare). sleep issues start up at 3 yrs  waking daily at 2am -4.30am), April 2016 return to sport for the first time since drug free, Sept 16 return to work on casual basis.  28 Sept 16 (6yrs drug free), still cant sleep with any regularity, pssd continues no sign of improvement, still feel Rip van Winkle-ish, brain fog still improving, psoriasis concerns.

 

"It is unsafe for people who suffer from something that could be treated with an ssri to consult a psychiatrist." Gotzshe 2015. [ I think Gotzsche could have easily meant to say 'to consult anyone with prescribing privileges']. "Going to a psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous actions a person can take." Breggin

 

“Paroxetine is not safe, it is not effective and it meets every known definition of addictive.” McLaren, N, (2016) 'Psychiatry as bullsh*t’ p55..."Psychiatry is stuffed full of 'deep nonsense' better known as bullsh*t." McLaren 2016

 

"Within the first week of when you go on an antidepressant you may have a sexual dysfunction, it can go on forever, often only appearing when you go off the drug ...its extraordinarily common" Healy 2015

 

See  my intro post #451 for the xanax back story and for a CV -GSKs.  Come on guys get taperwise see a TaperMe Schedule

 For a staggeringly shocking 'prozac back story' see the truth post #523

 

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#9 ZayKayWill

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:08 AM

I have had PSSD for over 8 years. I think about killing myself a lot. No doctors will believe me. I have numb genitals, pleasureless orgasms, and no sex drive whatsoever. It is a living nightmare. I have complained about this problem to over 15 doctors over an 8 year perioid, and only one believed me, as he had some ex patients who also suffered PSSD. But when i pressed the issue about PSSD he got nasty and didnt want to talk about it. Doctors dont like talking about it. I have been left to rot. I am very angry.

 

DIdn't someone link to a phone number to call the FDA?  If I was you I would file a complaint.  I know you're from the UK but seriously this is not ok.


June 2013 - Vyvanse 40mgs and Adderall 20mgs

 

March 2015 - Concerta 36mgs and Seroquel 50mgs

 

August 2016 - Vyvanse 50mgs

 

November 2016 - Current - Vyvanse 60mgs, Seroquel 50mgs (I cut them in half and only take 25mgs), Wellbutrin 450gs (I hardly ever take it)

 

Current Withdrawal Symptoms: Very abnormal pins and needles/bubble feeling on the right and backside of my head (thought it was a brain tumor, so got both an MRI and CT Scan that came back normal), random waves of extreme depression sometimes with suicidal thoughts, tired most of the time, get anxious for seemingly no reason, sometimes hard to sleep. 


#10 ZayKayWill

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 10:13 PM

I have had PSSD for over 8 years. I think about killing myself a lot. No doctors will believe me. I have numb genitals, pleasureless orgasms, and no sex drive whatsoever. It is a living nightmare. I have complained about this problem to over 15 doctors over an 8 year perioid, and only one believed me, as he had some ex patients who also suffered PSSD. But when i pressed the issue about PSSD he got nasty and didnt want to talk about it. Doctors dont like talking about it. I have been left to rot. I am very angry.

 

Bro I would watch this video if I were you.  Skip to the 7 minute mark.  There are people who apparently have had this for 18 years...

 


June 2013 - Vyvanse 40mgs and Adderall 20mgs

 

March 2015 - Concerta 36mgs and Seroquel 50mgs

 

August 2016 - Vyvanse 50mgs

 

November 2016 - Current - Vyvanse 60mgs, Seroquel 50mgs (I cut them in half and only take 25mgs), Wellbutrin 450gs (I hardly ever take it)

 

Current Withdrawal Symptoms: Very abnormal pins and needles/bubble feeling on the right and backside of my head (thought it was a brain tumor, so got both an MRI and CT Scan that came back normal), random waves of extreme depression sometimes with suicidal thoughts, tired most of the time, get anxious for seemingly no reason, sometimes hard to sleep. 


#11 Bobo32

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 04:30 AM

Anyone experience soft glans syndrome as pssd ? Did you ever recover? I'm 2 weeks off ssris and I have this symptom
Thanks

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2015- zoloft 3 months zyprexa 3 months lexapro 3 months xanax

Med free since Feb 28th 2017

Mostly experiencing PSSD - soft glans and difficulty maintaining erection

 


#12 btdt

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 09:05 AM

is 9 years permanent?  if so then yes op question answered


WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

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#13 freakZ0ne

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 04:18 AM

I'm wondering if there have been any class-action lawsuits brought against makers of SSRI's. You'd think that some enterprising law firm would see merit and $$$ in such a suit. I'm yet another PSSD casualty whose sex organs are pretty much useless after 13 years on Paxil. It's sickening to think how many suffer from this pharmaceutical castration.


Paroxetine: rapid taper, off completely as of 4/15/17