Do you have an embarrassing problem in the bedroom? Do you begin to engage in sex only to have an "accidental" ejaculation too soon after you begin? Do your relationships suffer because you cannot sustain a longer sexual episode with your lover? Then you may suffer from premature ejaculation, or PE.

Premature ejaculation is a common sexual dysfunction that affects about 30% of all men. Yes, whether you are 18 or 88, you may very well have a one-in-three chance that you ejaculate too soon after sexual stimulation begins. But even though premature ejaculation is a common problem, is there a treatment?

There is no simple answer to that question. Why? There is no FDA-approved prescription drug to treat premature ejaculation. However, there are a number and variety of options that may be helpful in combating premature ejaculation, including herbal supplements, topical anesthetics used on the penis, professional counseling or therapy, and even self-help exercises and sex techniques.

In addition, some doctors will use prescription medication to treat premature ejaculation. More specifically, antidepressants such as Paxil may be helpful for a man to effectively delay orgasm.

What is Paxil?

Paxil is an antidepressant drug that is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI. SSRIs are used to treat depression because they promote and regulate serotonin levels in the brain that is the main chemical that provide feelings of well-being, calmness, and relaxation. Paxil is a popular antidepressant in the SSRI category that can be used as a prescription to treat depression.

How Can Paxil Treat PE?

Why are antidepressant drugs like Paxil used to treat PE? SSRIs have a curious side effect in most men of delaying orgasm. The higher the dose of the SSRI, the more likely that a man will find it more difficult to achieve orgasm. Thus, men with premature ejaculation may effectively delay orgasm and prevent premature ejaculation with a regular daily dose of Paxil.

How is Paxil Taken?

Paxil and other antidepressants are only effective as a daily dosage pill taken orally. Doctors will usually prescribe a light dose of Paxil for new patients. It may take up to two weeks or longer to experience any effect of Paxil. If no results are seen in two weeks, the doctor may increase the dosage until a right balance is achieved.

What are Other Side Effects of Paxil?

Like any other drug, Paxil may have other unwanted side effects. What men must consider is that the use of Paxil may not only delay orgasm, but cause anorgasmia, or the inability to reach orgasm at all – which very well defeats the purpose of the treatment.

Other possible side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia or sleeplessness
  • Weird or vivid dreams
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Suicidal thoughts

It is important to keep an open dialogue with your doctor if you choose to take this course of treatment. Paxil may indeed work for many men to combat premature ejaculation, but in other cases, it may not work or cause too many other unwanted side effects.

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