Premature Ejaculation Prescriptions

The natural male instinct makes him a hunter and a competitor. He sees what he needs or wants and goes for it, and deals with anyone who might get in his way. This instinct applies to sex as well. The basic instinct is to propagate the species by being the first to ejaculate in a woman's vagina.

However, we are a society that does not operate strictly on basic instinct. We have learned that sex is enjoyable and can be extended so that both the man and woman last long enough to satisfy their needs. And while most men have the desire to last longer in bed and satisfy their woman, the fact is that almost one-third of all men suffer from premature ejaculation (PE).

Premature ejaculation can be a discouraging condition, causing frustration between sex partners, and even having psychological effects such as anxiety, performance pressure, and self-image effects on men. Thankfully, men who want to improve their sex life and enjoy sex longer do have options, including prescription medication.

What Prescriptions Are Available for Premature Ejaculation?

While prescription medication is available to help treat premature ejaculation, there is no single FDA approved medication that has been proven to treat the problem. However, here is a look at the most common prescribed treatments:

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI's)

SSRIs are an approved treatment for depression. Most common SSRI anti-depressants include Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft. However, one of the side effects of the drug is delayed ejaculation, thus making it a possible solution that doctors recommend for their patients with PE.

SSRIs need to be taken daily on a regular basis in order to be effective, and may take up to two weeks before effects are noticed. The problem with this prescription medication is that it is intended to treat depression, not premature ejaculation. Using them as a treatment for premature ejaculation is really only taking advantage of the side effect of the intended purpose of the drug. Other unwanted side effects of these drugs could be reduced libido (defeating the purpose of delayed ejaculation), nausea, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, and more.


Dapoxetine is also a SSRI but works like a serotonin transporter rather than a reuptake inhibitor. This drug has the effect of delaying ejaculation, much like a regular anti-depressant. However, the drug does not need to be taken daily, but rather only hours before engaging in sexual intercourse. While dapoxetine has not been FDA approved for use in America, it has been approved in Great Britain.


These are topical anesthetics used in creams, lotions, and sprays. Available by prescription, a man who suffers from premature ejaculation can use these anesthetics to desensitize the penis and hopefully delay ejaculation during sex.

Some men who have severe premature ejaculation and ejaculate in under 2 minutes after sexual stimulation begins find this remedy can be helpful. However, these have unwanted effects as well, such as lessening the enjoyment of sexual pleasure, and causing the woman to have reduced sensation in her vagina after the penis is inserted.

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