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I am a 27 years old man. I was on sertraline 100mg for about 8 years. While being on the medication I could not attain penile erection. Tried to have sex with my girlfriend multiple times but failed everytime. My penis felt unresponsive to any sexual stimulus. This was very distressing and hence I stopped taking the medicine by slowly tapering it off. It has been 10 months since I last ingested the medicine but the sexual dysfunction is persistent. I still cannot attain erection and in an addition I have been facing the problem of severe premature ejaculation since I stopped taking the SSRI.

Moreover, my memory has been highly affected by the drug. I struggle to remember everyday things. I cannot concentrate. I don't feel emotions. It feels like I am dead from inside. And I almost always feel a burning sensation in my brain. The drug has profoundly impacted my brain functions. I am very helpless right now. My life has become an unbearable tragedy. I don't know what I should do now. 
 
I am in a long distance relationship with a girl who wants to marry me. I am desperate to have a family. But I am afraid to go further given my condition.  
 
I am completely helpless and somehow surviving the distress caused by PSSD. I am eagerly waiting to hear from my peers in this forum. 
 
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I was on Sertraline 100 mg from 20-01-2010 to 11-01-2018.

I am off Sertraline now. 

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What are the chances of my recovery? Can I get my sexual abilities back?

I was on Sertraline 100 mg from 20-01-2010 to 11-01-2018.

I am off Sertraline now. 

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Hi Sandman,

 

Really sorry to hear about your troubles. I have PSSD too. 

 

A lot of people have recovered from PSSD.  But unfortunately it can take a very long time - as in years. 

 

My personal advice is not to read too much on PSSD specific forums. Many people on them seem to think that anything more than 1 or 2 years off the meds and it is permanent. But most recovery stories are more than this. Other issues caused by SSRI's can take many years to resolve and unfortunately it is the same for PSSD.  

 

 

 

Escitalopram for anxiety (dates below are approximate).

 

Oct 09 - Apr 10, 20mg (tapered off over about 6 weeks). 

Jun 10 - Feb 11, 20mg (tapered off over about 6 weeks). 

Jun 11 - Aug 12, 20mg (started to taper off but failed). 

Oct 12 - Dec 13, 20mg.  Dec 13 - Apr 14, 10mg.  Apr 14 - Nov 14, 5mg. 

Nov 14 - Jan 16, 20mg.  Jan 16 - Aug 16, 10mg.  Aug 16 - Dec 16, 10mg every other day.  Dec 16 - Jan 17 5mg every third day.  Jan 17 - took last tablet.

 

 

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On 10/18/2018 at 3:54 AM, 1Day said:

Hi Sandman,

 

Really sorry to hear about your troubles. I have PSSD too. 

 

A lot of people have recovered from PSSD.  But unfortunately it can take a very long time - as in years. 

 

My personal advice is not to read too much on PSSD specific forums. Many people on them seem to think that anything more than 1 or 2 years off the meds and it is permanent. But most recovery stories are more than this. Other issues caused by SSRI's can take many years to resolve and unfortunately it is the same for PSSD.  

 

 

 

1Day, I thank you for your valuable advice. We have no other option than to be optimistic and have faith on life. But often hopelessness curtains the very faint light of hope. Still we have to be patient to see what is coming. 

 

I will be glad to know if you have experienced any improvement in your PSSD symptoms.

 

Thanking you,

Sandman

I was on Sertraline 100 mg from 20-01-2010 to 11-01-2018.

I am off Sertraline now. 

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I have the occasional glimmer of some improvement.  During the first 5 weeks I was off the drug I had 2 or 3 periods each lasting a couple of days where I was pretty much back to normal.  I think I came off the drug too quickly.  I wish I had done it much slower, because maybe then I would have avoided PSSD.  Who knows.  But at least it showed my body is capable of working normally.  And it is one of the reasons that I do not believe that this situation is actual 'damage'.  But since that 5 week period, like I say, only the occasional glimmer of some slight improvement.

 

Is your PSSD now, any different to the dysfunction you had whilst on the drug? 

 

I hope things start to improve for us soon.

 

1Day

Escitalopram for anxiety (dates below are approximate).

 

Oct 09 - Apr 10, 20mg (tapered off over about 6 weeks). 

Jun 10 - Feb 11, 20mg (tapered off over about 6 weeks). 

Jun 11 - Aug 12, 20mg (started to taper off but failed). 

Oct 12 - Dec 13, 20mg.  Dec 13 - Apr 14, 10mg.  Apr 14 - Nov 14, 5mg. 

Nov 14 - Jan 16, 20mg.  Jan 16 - Aug 16, 10mg.  Aug 16 - Dec 16, 10mg every other day.  Dec 16 - Jan 17 5mg every third day.  Jan 17 - took last tablet.

 

 

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I am off Setraline for 10 months now but have experienced no improvement in my pssd symptoms. I am still suffering from erectile dysfunction as I did while being on the SSRI. The penis feels numb and the orgasms feel almost pleasureless. Moreover, since tapering off the medicine, I have been experiencing horrific premature ejaculation with no signs of improvement till now. 

 

I see no light of hope. It is very hard for anybody even to comprehend the mental pain I am going through.  I do not even know what I should do now.

 

Sandman

 

 

I was on Sertraline 100 mg from 20-01-2010 to 11-01-2018.

I am off Sertraline now. 

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Many people have had the symptoms that you have now.  And I hate to have to say this to you, but 10 months is quite likely still the beginning of the road.  Nearly all of the recovery stories I have read/heard about are 2+ years.  And most of those are quite a bit more than 2 years, as in 3-8 years.  There is much hope, including people that have recovered on this very forum.  You say you don't know what to do now; the first thing you need to do is to stop convincing yourself that there is no hope - because that is simply not true. 

Escitalopram for anxiety (dates below are approximate).

 

Oct 09 - Apr 10, 20mg (tapered off over about 6 weeks). 

Jun 10 - Feb 11, 20mg (tapered off over about 6 weeks). 

Jun 11 - Aug 12, 20mg (started to taper off but failed). 

Oct 12 - Dec 13, 20mg.  Dec 13 - Apr 14, 10mg.  Apr 14 - Nov 14, 5mg. 

Nov 14 - Jan 16, 20mg.  Jan 16 - Aug 16, 10mg.  Aug 16 - Dec 16, 10mg every other day.  Dec 16 - Jan 17 5mg every third day.  Jan 17 - took last tablet.

 

 

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Hi Sandman,

 

Im female & also have PSSD. It’s been 2 years pill free with some improvement and after reading many recovery stories I believe we will heal in time. Please know that you’re not alone.. I know how distressing it can be! Day to day I focus my mind on other things that I am grateful to have and feel more optimistic. Hope you start to see some improvement soon :) 

Sertaline (Zoloft)

25mg increased to 50mg after 2-3 weeks 

Mid Oct 2016 - Mid Dec 2016 

 

I also took Propranalol as and when/on and off from 2012 to 2016

 

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On 1/18/2019 at 3:32 AM, Shar244 said:

Hi Sandman,

 

Im female & also have PSSD. It’s been 2 years pill free with some improvement and after reading many recovery stories I believe we will heal in time. Please know that you’re not alone.. I know how distressing it can be! Day to day I focus my mind on other things that I am grateful to have and feel more optimistic. Hope you start to see some improvement soon :) 

 

Hi Shar244,

 

I am glad to hear from you. Thanks for your supportive words. I am optimistic that we will recover but it may take some time. We must stand by each other in this difficult time. 

I was on Sertraline 100 mg from 20-01-2010 to 11-01-2018.

I am off Sertraline now. 

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I’ve actually felt quite low these past few days so was nice to read your message! We must.. how are you feeling lately? Are you experiencing ‘windows and waves’ yet?

 

Shar 

Sertaline (Zoloft)

25mg increased to 50mg after 2-3 weeks 

Mid Oct 2016 - Mid Dec 2016 

 

I also took Propranalol as and when/on and off from 2012 to 2016

 

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It's nice to hear from you! I can understand how you feel. It's a journey full of lows and rare, if any, highs. I haven't yet experienced any significant 'windows and waves' so far. Often things become so dark and gloomy that it seems I have reached the bottom with no place to escape and it's only there the willingness to fight back takes shape. I am optimistic that my condition would start improving soon. We must keep fighting hard! 

 

Which SSRI drug were you on and how long?  Are you experiencing windows and waves? Have you faced any kind of congnitive difficulty since the time of withdrawal?

Looking forward to hear from you.

 

Sandman

I was on Sertraline 100 mg from 20-01-2010 to 11-01-2018.

I am off Sertraline now. 

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g1313,

 

I am glad to hear that you are improving. 

 

I would appreciate if you give a brief account of the improvement you have experienced in your PSSD symptoms.

Which SSRI drug did you take and what was the duration?

 

Waiting hear from you.

 

Sandman

I was on Sertraline 100 mg from 20-01-2010 to 11-01-2018.

I am off Sertraline now. 

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Hi Sandman, I took citalopram a few years ago and was left in complete apathy, my symptoms of apathy have improved, I am taking buspirone only in very low dose, so nothing new sorry, but my apathy seems to be improving, sexual symptoms slightly. I am going to add reboxetine. Hope ur ok,

 

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citalopram 2 weeks use 2014 pssd

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@g1313

 

Taking additional psychiatric drugs may make your condition worse.  Please see my response in your Introduction topic.

 

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ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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@Marchand de sable Sorry to deter the subject but I wanted to know if your orgasm was back as before and if your premature ejaculation was improved?  Because I also have the same problem since the start of my withdrawal

Hello everyone, I was on seroplex 10mg in October 2019 for over a year and then on brintellix from March to September for maybe 8 months. I made several attempts to stop abruptly then I resumed the treatment of brintellix recently for a few weeks because it was too difficult to stop.
Symptom when stopped: premature ejaculation, ejaculation with less orgasm. Severe insomnia, transient headaches, sensitivity to noise and light.
Last intake of brintellix 5mg: Saturday, September 11, 2021

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@Parisien I would like to share my experience here. It has been almost 4 years since I'm off Sertraline, but my sexual symptoms have not improved a bit. Erectile dysfunction, severe premature ejaculation (it started with the SSRI withdrawal) and muted orgasm have remained the same. Meanwhile, there has been a considerable improvement in my ability to feel emotions.

I was on Sertraline 100 mg from 20-01-2010 to 11-01-2018.

I am off Sertraline now. 

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1 hour ago, Sandman said:

there has been a considerable improvement in my ability to feel emotions.

 

That is good news.  Hopefully the other issues will soon resolve for you too.

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Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  Please DO NOT TAG me -thank you.

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19 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

 

That is good news.  Hopefully the other issues will soon resolve for you too.

Thanks. 

I was on Sertraline 100 mg from 20-01-2010 to 11-01-2018.

I am off Sertraline now. 

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@Sandman have you seen any additional improvements?

-lexapro 10mg daily from 2012 to 2021 (halfed dose in 4/2021, went all the way off 6/21)

-various benzos 2014-2019... valium 2019-10/2021~20mg, inconsistent but daily dosing
10/9-17.5mg (3x daily at 8am, 7pm, 11pm)
10/23-15mg 
11/29 - 12.5mg
12/24 - 12mg
12/31 - 11.5mg

2/27/22 - 11mg 

3/31 - 10.5mg

4/14 - 10mg

5/3 - 9.5mg

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On 3/7/2022 at 9:48 AM, canaanstongue01 said:

@Sandman have you seen any additional improvements?

No. 

 

I was on Sertraline 100 mg from 20-01-2010 to 11-01-2018.

I am off Sertraline now. 

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Thank you for your answer, you haven't had any improvement in your sexuality during all this time whether for orgasm or ejaculation.  Well I encourage you to stay drug free and keep hoping.  I am almost three months away from weaning.  I would wait two years at the most, I am 31 years old if at 33 I have no improvement I would take either St. John's wort or an antidepressant again.  And yes the doctors do not recognize our suffering.  Except that living with premature ejaculation is not viable for being in a relationship.  We all know that.  Do you practice regularly?  Have you had a testosterone test seen by a urologist?  Do you play sports do you have a balanced diet  ? @Sandman@Château de sable

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Hello everyone, I was on seroplex 10mg in October 2019 for over a year and then on brintellix from March to September for maybe 8 months. I made several attempts to stop abruptly then I resumed the treatment of brintellix recently for a few weeks because it was too difficult to stop.
Symptom when stopped: premature ejaculation, ejaculation with less orgasm. Severe insomnia, transient headaches, sensitivity to noise and light.
Last intake of brintellix 5mg: Saturday, September 11, 2021

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