(Closed) depression, depression meds, and libido issues…?

posted 7 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

By working with a doctor to find the right medication combination for your personal case.

Post # 4
771 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was on anti-anxiety medications and birth control concurrently for a period of time there.  And it was tough.  I spoke to my doctor though and they halved my anxiety RX to 5 milligrams a day.  They also suggested exercise which worked wonders for my libido – not to mention I shed a few pounds which made me enjoy being naked all that much more!

It was a work in progress for us and it took some time (a couple months) to get the drive back.  But my overall health was our #1 concern.  I hope you have a supportive partner because my husband’s patience made it a much easier process.

Definitely start working out if you don’t already and keep your doctor in the loop.  If you have to try different medications/doses, do it.

(FWIW – I took Lexapro and really liked it).


ETA – I was following your other post today and will comment there.  I think in addition to anti-anxiety/anti-depressants, you should really consider personal therapy.  Do your best to look at this as an opportunity to better yourself!  Good luck!

Post # 5
5659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@inky_1:  +1

one gets around this by finding a medication that works for you 

Post # 6
135 posts
Blushing bee

@sadandconflicted:  There are some atypical antidepressants such as Wellbutrin, Cymbalta and Effexor that do not have the same sexual side effects as SSRIs, MAOIs, and tricyclic antidrepressants. 

As a therapist, I highly recommend you discuss your treatment options with your mental health care provider.  It is imperative you discuss all of the medications you are taking and the side effects of any antidepressant you may be prescribed. 

I’m sure you already know this but I will say it anyways- medication in combination with counseling is the most successful treatment for depression.



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