first of all, I`d like to commend and thank you on the research you are conducting with regard to antidepressants and their severe and often persistent side effects.
I am 24 years old and, unfortunately, I too have been suffering from PSSD ever since withdrawing from Celexa in mid-2015. I have initially taken it from 2010-2014, but reinstated soon thereafter due to recurring depression, PSSD subsided with taking the SSRI again.
My symptoms are reduced libido, premature ejaculation, difficulties gaining and maintaning erection, decreased genital sensitivity, less pleasurable orgasms and also a reduced amount of preejaculate. Apart from these problems, I am also suffering from emotional blunting, excessive sweating and a reduced sense of smell.
Prior to taking Celexa, I have never even had the slightest problems.
When on Celexa, apart from slightly less pleasurable orgasms, sexual functioning was not noticeably affected. On a side note, I was also prescribed Accutane for acne with no lingering effects.
Until today, sexual functioning has only improved in the slightest.
Most remedies tried only produced little and temporary improvement:
Zinc, Ginkgo, Green tea, Berberine, MSM, Forskolin, 5HTP, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Ashwagandha, SJW, Niacin, Vitamin B6.
Licorice and Inositol were able to improve libido a bit, albeit not permanently.
Only reinstating Celexa has managed to improve almost all aspects of sexual function with the expection being less pleasurable orgasms. I’m not currently on any antidepressant.
I have also had some blood work done, only prolactin and testosterone were out of the normal range:
- Cortisol 12,4 uiu/dl (Norm: 6.4-21.0)
- LH 5,6 mU/ml (Norm: 1.7-11.2)
- FSH 3,9 mIU/ml (Norm: 2.1-18.6)
- Testosterone 1067,02 ng/ml (Norm: 26.2-870)
- Prolactin 16,9 µg/l (Norm: 4.0-15.2)
Do you have any advice on what I could do now?
I thought of trying Mianserin which seemed to have helped a lot of PSSD sufferers.
Thanks a lot and best regards!