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Hi, after i came off luvox i noticed symptoms of "pssd" such as, loss of morning erection, low libido and muted orgasm. I've read reinstatement of the drug might work if the symptoms were caused as a withdrawal symptom and not as a continuation of sexual dysfunction while ON the drug. I could function on the drugs just fine but only when I stopped them i noticed issues (tapered for 4 months). I reinstated a very small amount of luvox maybe about 15mg, after being free from it for 3 months. Can't say I noticed any difference in relieving symptoms. Should I continue on a low dose for a week and see if my symptoms ease up a bit or would that complicate things further? Thanks

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Welcome Bagshot12,


I'm sorry you have been experiencing PSSD since you stopped taking Luvox. But its difficult to know what to suggest without having more details.


What dose of Luvox were you taking? How long have you been taking 15mg?


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Reinstatement can take a while to work, here is our topic which will explain what to expect:  About reinstating and stabilizing to stop withdrawal symptoms



When we have a few more details, we will be in a better position to offer support and suggestions.



I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

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Hi Bagshot and welcome from me as well.


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Anyone else experience head pressure, feeling as if your head is being pressed in a vice. Hasn't eased up since coming off luvox three months ago, when this happens I actually see the veins protruding in my forehead.

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Hi bagshot, 


How are you doing?💚

Seroquel. 2019:➡️ From 7.25mg to 5.80mg. 2020➡️5.60 to 4.80. 2021➡️4.60 to 4.0.  2022➡️3.95 to 3.55. 2023➡️ From 3.50 to 3.25.  2024➡️Jan15=3.20✔️ Feb19=3.15✔️ March26=3.10✔️May1=3.05✔️This is NOT medical advice.Consult your doctor.

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