Post # 1
Hey bees, im heading back to my doctor tomorrow to talk about switching my anxiety medication and I need some advice. Im currently on Lexapro 10mg, and while it keeps my anxiety in check, its killing my libido. If I dont take it, Im an anxious mess who is snappy/moody because my anxiety overwhelms me. Ive tried a couple other medications like Cymbalta and that made me feel nautious and my heart was racing.
Do any bees have any suggestions for medicines that work for them without crazy side effects? I dont need high doses, Im always on the lowest dose, but I need something to keep myself sane.
Post # 2
Im on Lexapro and love it, but I do have no libido on it whatsoever! I think that is a side effect of every medication for anxiety/depression, at least the few Ive been on. :/
Post # 3
bootsky: I love it besides that! But Fiance wants sex anyday of the week and Im currently forcing myself to do 2x a week. Im not into it at all.. Ive lost pretty much my entire sex drive which is not great for my upcoming marriage so Im trying to find a solution:/
Post # 4
I loved that side effect lol, probably because my libido was so high before that and FI’s was so low. I am on Efexor now, my anxiety is better but that could also be due to the doxepin I am on. None of those I was put on for anxiety though. For anxiety I took Valium, but it doesn’t help me much. However, it does work for most people I am told, so maybe try that? I have a weird response to medications lol, what works for most people doesn’t work for me, etc.
Post # 5
When I started the lexapro I had the same problem (as well as ridiculous drowsiness). So instead of taking it in the morning like originally prescribed I take it at about 3 pm (it takes about 7-8 hours for me to feel tired/other side effects). Since I made that switch my libido went back to what it was.
Post # 6
Barbiestylez: I am in the same boat. It sucks. My poor fiance, I honestly feel bad! My psychiatrist suggested Wellbutrin at the same time to elevate it, as she states it isn’t supposed to have that side effect. I did not see a difference.
Post # 7
i tried lexapro for a month, it did absolutely nothing. like, i ended up hospitalized because it just didn’t work.
i’ve been on celexa (citalopram) for years and years. it works really well for my depression with no big side effects.
Post # 8
At the moment I’m on valium. Which is working pretty well so far however it’s only been 1 week.
I’m on a low dose which I have early evening and during the night as I have so much trouble staying asleep and I started to get extremely anxious as the evening came.
Goodluck with finding a better medication because it’s such an awful experience.
Post # 9
Jacqui90: Yea I dont want my libido to suffer because Fiance thinks im not attracted to him. hes smokin hot, Im just not into sex at all! Its gotten worse the longer Im on it.
vanike: Hmmm Maybe I will try that, I had drowsiness too, I wonder how it doesnt affect your libido just by taking at a different time though?
bootsky: It sucks terribly. If I dont take it, I am snappy. The littleist thing will seem like a huge deal. My doc told me its my anxiety coming off as anger. I am still quite anxious even with the 10mg lexapro, I have a script for xanax but only use it a couple times a month when I need it. I will be a nervous wreck on my wedding day!
colorofmyheart: Hmmm I dont think Ive tried celexa. Ill ask the doc about that one!
Holly77: I have a tough time sleeping too. I have sleeping pills I take to help me, but they arent lunesta or anything like that, they are meant for sparadic use. My doc is pretty conservative so I dont see him prescribing valium daily. I just wish there was a way to curb my anxiety without affecting my sex life :/
Post # 10
I take 50mg sertraline (Zoloft) every day. It works really well for me and my libido is just fine 😀
(birth control pills had a much worse effect on my libido)
Post # 11
Wellbutrin is another AD that doesn’t kill your sex drive.
Post # 12
Im just seeing this now! but im in the same exact boat with the lexapro but im taking 20mg because 10 wasnt enough…did you find any solution?? ps cant wait to see your recap!!
Post # 13
Wellbutrin is supposed to have the fewest sexual side effects, and it worked well for me for a couple of years.
Post # 14
If you are always on the lowest dose, could you try some non medicated alternatives?
I have anxiety and was on several different medications until 19, which always had different side affects including poor libido. My doc kept switching me up saying I hadn’t found the right mix for myself yet. I believed him and tried valium, xanex and I can’t remember the others. I ended up doing an anxiety class which eventually taught me coping mechanisms to use in real life and now I have been medication free for 3 years. I do still occassionally have a panic attack (one about every 4 months) but I know how to talk myself through them and cope. For me I much prefer that to the medications and side affects and financial cost.
Post # 15
my combo is 100mg Zoloft 1mg Xanax twice a day as needed works like a charm