Premature Ejaculation Medication

There is no debating that the male sex drive is a major instinctual component of most men's lives. As the old joke goes, the man takes 9 months to exit through the vagina, then spends the rest of his life trying to get back in. While most men who have the privilege of 'getting some' on a regular basis, there are many who suffer from the most common type of sexual dysfunction: premature ejaculation (PE).

Premature ejaculation affects at least 30% of the male population in all age groups, and possibly as much as 70% of all men who have had at least one instance or irregular occurrences of premature ejaculation. When compared to only about 5% of younger men, and 15-18% of older men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, you would think there is a simple medication to combat premature ejaculation, similar to Viagra solving most erectile issues. But alas, there is no approved FDA medication to treat premature ejaculation.

So what are men to do? Are those with premature ejaculation destined to suffer ongoing along with their sex partners? Not necessarily. While there is no FDA-approved medication for premature ejaculation, there are still prescription options that can treat it, as long as your physician or urologist specialist approves of the treatment.

Topical Medicated Creams

What prescription medications are available? One option is a prescription medicated cream or gel that is applied to the penis before engaging in sex. The cream contains a topical anesthetic that is intended to temporarily de-sensitize the nerve endings in the penis, thus requiring more stimulation to reach an orgasm and allowing the man to enjoy sex longer.

While this medication works in some men, it is not highly effective for most men with premature ejaculation. There are many unwanted effects, such as less enjoyment of sex and women complaining of lessened sensation. In some cases, the creams have no effect at all on premature ejaculation.

Antidepressant Medication

While there is no FDA-approved prescription to treat premature ejaculation, many physicians will prescribe antidepressant medication for their patients. Why? Antidepressants with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have a particular side effect of delaying orgasm that can help treat premature ejaculation.

A man who is treated with antidepressant medication must take the prescription orally on a daily basis. It usually takes up to 2 weeks to notice any effect, and it may take a series of dosage increases before it becomes effective.

Unwanted Side Effects of Prescription Medication

While antidepressants can help delay ejaculation in men, the medication comes with many potential unwanted side effects listed below:

  • Anorgasm – or the inability to reach orgasm at all. Rather defeats the purpose of treating premature ejaculation, doesn't it?
  • Decreased sex drive – also misses the point of treating premature ejaculation.
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Restlessness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Possible suicidal thoughts
  • Vision changes
  • Chest pain

As you can see, there are many possible unwanted effects of treating premature ejaculation with prescription medication. However, the best thing to do is talk to your doctor and discuss how any of these medications may be able to help. It may be a wise choice to try one and see if it works.


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