What man doesn't want to enjoy sex more? It is our natural instinct to be sexual creatures, and sex plays a big role in fulfilling our overall basic needs. While it is the male instinct to reach climax as soon as possible, most men have the ability to delay his orgasm and prolong the sexual experience with a lover. Unfortunately, for some men premature ejaculation (PE) is a big problem, and it causes great distress when it comes to enjoying sex and pleasing their partners.
Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual dysfunction in men. About 30%, or almost one in every three men, suffer from premature ejaculation. Whether you are 16, 36, or 86, you have about a one-in-three chance of climaxing too soon after sexual stimulation begins.
However, is there a treatment for PE? Can men with premature ejaculation be cured and be granted a longer-lasting sexual experience on a regular basis?
The answer is that there is no FDA-approved drug to treat premature ejaculation. There are a variety of treatable options, including therapy, counseling, topical anesthetics, specific muscle exercises, and sex or masturbatory techniques. Some of these remedies may indeed work to help a man delay orgasm and ejaculating before he is ready.
However, if these remedies do not work, a doctor may well prescribe a medication for patients with premature ejaculation. One of those medicated options is Prozac.
What is Prozac?
Most people are familiar with Prozac as a drug that treats depression. Prozac is indeed approved by the FDA to treat people with psychological issues, such as major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Panic Disorder, and anxiety.
Prozac is the brand name of the drug fluoxetine hydrochloride, or commonly just fluoxetine. Fluoxetine is an antidepressant that fits in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class, or SSRI. SSRIs help to regular serotonin levels in the brain, which is the chemical that promotes feelings of well-being, calmness, and relaxation. And when taken on a regular daily basis, Prozac can be used to reduce depressive thoughts and improve "happy" feelings.
Can Prozac Treat Premature Ejaculation?
A physician may prescribe Prozac for patients with premature ejaculation because of a curious side effect it causes in men. SSRIs have a tendency to delay an orgasm, much to the point that it allows a man to enjoy sex longer, but can still eventually achieve climax and ejaculation. Thus, it may be an effective treatment for men to delay ejaculation.
While Prozac is not an FDA-approved treatment for premature ejaculation, some doctors may choose this option for their patients.
Other Side Effects of Prozac
Like any manufactured drug, the use of Prozac comes with the risk of other unwanted side effects. One possible side effect that defeats the purpose of the treatment is anorgasmia, or the inability to reach orgasm altogether. This may happen in higher doses or in rare instances.
Other side effects include:
- Anxiety, nervousness, or restlessness
- Muscle tremors
- Suicidal thoughts
- And other unwanted changes in behavior or mood
Obviously, it is best to talk with your doctor about being treated with Prozac for premature ejaculation. If both you and your doctor agree that it is a viable option, he or she will get a starting dose prescription started. If you do choose this option, watch for other side effects and communicate regularly with your doctor whether the drug works for you.