View Full Version : Ritalin And Sex Drive


douglasb52
09-06-04, 08:31 PM
Thirty years ago I was into recreational drugs and was especially fond of substances that enhanced sex. Two months into Ritalin, which has helped me a great deal, I notice that above a certain dose threshold I become distracted a little by increased libido. Very similar to cocaine. Not as if it's some big surprise, if you are aware of the close correlation between sex drive and dopamine levels in the brain. Anyway I wonder if anyone else has had a similar experience, and whether it's a positive or negative. Like most things that "feel too good," the positive can become a negative. I'm over 50 and it's sorta nice to feel horny, but at the same time it can be a distraction that has nowhere to go, and has that definite mental or emotional "contour" that foreshadows obsessive behavior on the horizon.

Stabile
09-28-04, 10:45 PM
I haven't heard that Ritalin affects sex drive one way or the other. Doesn't have the effect you describe on any of us, and we're pretty sensitive to what we put in our bodies.

It does have a hellacious effect on distractibility, just what it's intended to do. And that can change the way you interact with your moment-to-moment situation, alright.

We take Adderall and Ritalin, and there is a distinct difference between the two. Adderall just takes hold and works, without much thought or effort on our part. But Ritalin is more like a little ally with an attitude that sits on your shoulder, a bit wild and with a sharp sense of humor. He wouldn't help you out in a bar fight if you didn't think to ask.

And that's the point: you have to use Ritalin in a conscious way, aware of how it's helping. It doesn't sink into the background like Adderall, so it's a better drug for those that like to keep tabs on what it's doing to them.

We understand the 'feel good' action of Ritalin, but we think it's more of a personal reaction to having someone (or something) to back you up. Sort of a 'been down so long looks like up to me' thing.

--Tom and Kay

spacegirlpsych
02-19-05, 08:49 PM
Gives me wacky tendencies sometimes too. I have heard of people saying that it gave them bizarre sex cravings. You can counteract it with SSRIs if it's a problem. Obviously bring it up with your MD first.

douglasb52
02-19-05, 10:15 PM
I take Dexedrine now and went through a similar experience, but now that I've gotten used to being medicated in general, that's all settled down. What I noticed mainly is that with these meds you feel a "tickle" run through you, and sometimes you might increase the dose into the "high" territory, but the sexual enhancement is mostly illusion because it will actually block the ability to orgasm.

dent
04-20-09, 12:27 PM
I recently began taking ritalin 20 mg or concerta 36 mg for adult onset adhd.
I have also seen an increase in libido as well as an a decreased sexual threshold towards premature ejaculation.

My thought is that stimulants such as methylphenidate increase the dopamine and other neural transmitters and therefore increase your sex drive.

This is supported by recent research that suggests the use of SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) in treating sexual dysfunction.

If anyone knows more about this subject please respond.

Obviously the benefits still outweigh this consequence but it may be worth including on the list of ADR's.

γ-quantum
04-20-09, 04:10 PM
wow, that's old, but i figure i'll add to the thread. :p

i've been on an NRI until yesterday, this was my first day on ritalin, so i cannot tell much about ritalin... YET. but, ritalin effects mostly dopamine but also noradrenaline.

with the NRI (noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor), i experienced unusual, as in much stronger, orgasms. otherwise, there was no change at all. im curious what ritalin will do... i'll try and remember this topic and post about it.

AlbertS
04-20-09, 09:04 PM
no sex change. Being depressed less means more time with sex drive, of course.

muldoon
04-21-09, 07:54 PM
Anything that increases Dopamine can increase sex drive. I first took ritalin 20mgs and along with feeling great, focused, and being on top of my life, I was having the best sex of my life 3 times a day and having 100x the sexual thoughts I'd had prior to taking the medication.
Dopamine & Testosterone generally go hand in hand. I've read that an increase in Dopamine signals a decrease in Prolactin (suppresses sex drive), leading to an increase in Testosterone. Hence the sex drive increase many people experience on Ritalin & other stimulant medications.

Some people claim no change or loss of libido on stimulants. Personally, they put mine into overdrive (or maybe "normal" by some standards). Everyone responds differently.

Driver
04-21-09, 09:04 PM
I was on an SSRI before starting Ritalin, but for me, it has subdued my sex drive (which I believe is a good thing). For me, I was getting distracted by constant sexual thoughts: Ritalin removed those.

I still have a desire for sex and intimacy, but I feel I'm more in control now.

Klank
04-22-09, 01:47 PM
It enhances my sex drive 1000 fold. Makes it feel 50 times better too.

andyum
04-23-09, 10:48 AM
I would say that my sex drive (usually healthy) is slightly elevated on Ritalin. At least it does not kill it like Adderall did for me.

γ-quantum
04-29-09, 07:50 AM
oh, good thing somebody else posted, i almost forgot about this thread.

i'm on ritalin now, and i think my interest in sex (well, masturbation :p) has decreased. the orgasms are 'normal' though, not weaker and not stronger like on the NRI, either.

dunno, i guess i may be lacking interest because i have a lot of stuff to do and on my mind lately, too.

Wintermute
04-29-09, 05:12 PM
Well, thankfully I have to say that Ritalin has improved my sex life.

My actual sex drive seems to be more or less the same, but with different behavior. I'm much less submissive and selfish with my girlfriend, and pay more attention to her needs. I have more patience for foreplay and making her in the mood. I'm more creative as well.

Also....I, um, last a lot longer :D. It's something to do with being less distracted and having less anxiety. Also, the physical response to the medication makes things down there function differently I think.

That pretty much makes everything much more intense and enjoyable for both of us.

Featherhead
05-14-09, 02:42 AM
Stimulants generally tend to increase libido response. If this is a good thing, enjoy it. If not, deal with it.

Wintermute
05-14-09, 04:59 AM
Hmmm...That earlier post I, um, posted, was about 2 weeks ago, when I first started my 60mg a day regimen. Since then I haven't noticed any difference. I haven't really had a chance to.....well, "test the waters", but when I do I'll make a note of any differences. My gut tells me that everything's back to normal more or less, but we'll see. Hopefully not :)

psychokitty
05-29-09, 04:14 AM
ummm......I started Ritalin today and also had some.....ahem.... sexual moments. Thinking about it perhaps I should have put off starting meds for a day.

I am a woman with a naturally fairly high sex drive, quite a lot of (good) sensitivity to touch and most of the time find it easy to reach orgasm.

I felt a bit numb today to touch, rather like I was drunk (you know when your lips go numb) and didn`t feel touches as strongly. I actually thought I wasn`t going to reach orgasm.
I reached orgasm suddenly when I wasn`t expecting it ......and it was a lot more intense than I was expecting.

So I am not sure if sex on ritalin was a good thing or not.....the orgasms were really intense:p....but my responses to touch didn`t feel like me:(

I am wondering if I should have a medication holiday if I know I am planning sexual moments....or if I will get used to it and grow to like it....

hmmmmm.........

solit00d31
06-09-09, 08:02 AM
Hi, new to this so I am looking for as much info as I can get.

From what everyone has posted, the meds change sex drives differently for every individual?

I need mine reduced so what should I consult an MD and ask for?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

The_Subreption
09-04-09, 04:00 PM
I reached orgasm suddenly when I wasn`t expecting it ......and it was a lot more intense than I was expecting.

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i had exactly same thing. i am also a sex addict. got hooked on jerking off with ritalin, it reaches a whole new level.

but don't do it.

i ended up with damaged nerves - lost quite a bit of sensation.

bottom line is it is dangerous because you don't notice nerve damage in tiny increments until suddenly the damage is substantial.

I STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST SEXUAL ACTIVITY WHILE ON RITALIN.

i found out the hard (sorry!) way.

hereditary
09-18-09, 01:36 AM
i had exactly same thing. i am also a sex addict. got hooked on jerking off with ritalin, it reaches a whole new level.

but don't do it.

i ended up with damaged nerves - lost quite a bit of sensation.

bottom line is it is dangerous because you don't notice nerve damage in tiny increments until suddenly the damage is substantial.

I STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST SEXUAL ACTIVITY WHILE ON RITALIN.

i found out the hard (sorry!) way.

Sorry, what do you mean by this?
Did you damage the nerve endings in your penis through excessive/rough masturbation?

Did you damage various neurons in your brain through excessive/recreational Ritalin self-dosage?

All of the above?

About to start vitamin R myself and wondering whether I had best ease off on the furious masturbation sessions & other such delights.

The_Subreption
11-16-09, 08:51 AM
Sorry, what do you mean by this?
Did you damage the nerve endings in your penis through excessive/rough masturbation?

Did you damage various neurons in your brain through excessive/recreational Ritalin self-dosage?

All of the above?

About to start vitamin R myself and wondering whether I had best ease off on the furious masturbation sessions & other such delights.

you got it.

through prolonged porn and sex sessions while on ritalin and concerta i damaged the nerves on my dick over the period of about 18 months.

biggest regret of my life.

i suspect it is because sex produces such a dopamine high that i went 'way over the edge' in terms of excitement and basically reached levels the brain isn't meant to reach on any regular basis.

so i suspect either i fried my neurotransmitter system or caused long-term/ permanent changes in dopaminergic regulation.

it's 2.5 years since i gave up the drugs, and no improvement, so may well be permanent.

i am talking about very substantial sensation loss.

and when i say loss, i am not talking about reduced sensation in various nerves, i am talking about TOTAL NUMBNESS in a large proportion of nerves - entire areas where i now can't even feel an ice cube.

yes, very depressing, especially as sex is my only reason for living and is the ultimate objective underlying all human activity in my view.

it's also caused permanent apathy towards a lot of things, and i haven't experience hunger in 2 years (ritalin actually made me hungrier).

as the saying goes: buy now, pay later.

it's a universal truth.

Joker_Girl
11-16-09, 11:51 PM
This IS kinda weird but awhile ago (like a year ago) I was on Paxil, and SSRI's make you (well, me anyway) very "sexually frustrated" because.....I dunno how to put this tactfully.....no matter how hard you try, you aren't gonna "finish".....this was actually annoying enough that I would periodically stop the Paxil for several days so I could get some....."satisfaction"...LOL

Now, the RITALIN, that is just totally the opposite! I don't want it anymore often than before, but when ya DO....wow! I can "get off" more readily, for a longer period of time (I am thinking maybe the orgasm it lasted 3-5x as long, and can be easily *ahem* repeated!!!), and holy crap, I swear I practically saw stars.

I am not sure if this is a side effect or if this is how you are supposed to feel when you "do it", but I sure ain't complaining. I would have thought by the time it was 10 pm or so, my Ritalin would have been totally worn off, so maybe it's just my imagination. But I have changed nothing else, nor taken any other meds. Well, whatever it is, I LIKE it!

The_Subreption
11-20-09, 12:00 PM
This IS kinda weird but awhile ago (like a year ago) I was on Paxil, and SSRI's make you (well, me anyway) very "sexually frustrated" because.....I dunno how to put this tactfully.....no matter how hard you try, you aren't gonna "finish".....this was actually annoying enough that I would periodically stop the Paxil for several days so I could get some....."satisfaction"...LOL

Now, the RITALIN, that is just totally the opposite! I don't want it anymore often than before, but when ya DO....wow! I can "get off" more readily, for a longer period of time (I am thinking maybe the orgasm it lasted 3-5x as long, and can be easily *ahem* repeated!!!), and holy crap, I swear I practically saw stars.

I am not sure if this is a side effect or if this is how you are supposed to feel when you "do it", but I sure ain't complaining. I would have thought by the time it was 10 pm or so, my Ritalin would have been totally worn off, so maybe it's just my imagination. But I have changed nothing else, nor taken any other meds. Well, whatever it is, I LIKE it!

ahh, but this is EXACTLY what you need to be careful of, my friend.

yes, everything about it is better, but your dick isn't designed to do that, so doing it frequently may well cause you some long term/ permanent damage.

consider yourself warned, as the problem is, mild nerve damage is unnoticeable, which means that it's not until you accumulate a fair bit of damage that you'll notice, by which time you'll really regret it.

i also used to be able to just 'think mysel hard', but no longer can - i now require stimulation.

used to be able to reach orgasm if i wanted in under a minute, now it's more like 10 minutes.

blisster
11-22-09, 12:06 AM
I'm kinda worried after reading these.

I am ex meth user cause i used to self medicate.
when i was on meth, i would have sex lots and masturbate lots and all that good stuff.
when i was young (like 3 months old) i had a circumsition botched. all it ****ed up was itmade the tip bent
the other thing is it has always took me a long time to get off (like half anhour was the quickest.) before ive done anydrug ive notice sometimes little feeling down ther but i still could have sex and all that jazz.

but since ive been taking ritalin (few weeks) the sex/jerk off fest as started again. it like fixes the problems i got from the bochted circumsistion.

Joker_Girl
11-22-09, 09:11 AM
Well, crap! Now I am all freaked out.

I don't find that I want a lot more sex than before. If I get it every couple of weeks, I'm happy. Heck, I'm so tired now, if I don't get it AT ALL, that'd be awesome.

I just found that I was more responsive to my husband while making love than I had been before.

I thought maybe it was just because the medicine was helping me to feel more normal and better. I thought maybe this is how it was for "normal" people.

Well, I didn't really want sex that wasn't real and was drug induced.

Now, I'm sad. :(

rockystar000
11-27-09, 12:50 PM
i understand your plight my girlfriend is addicted to sex among other things, and wants it like three times a day. I on the other hand am so stressed with school and what not that i hardly ever want it. i found that when i was taking Ritalin, just switched to adderall, that it made me more randy which made her happier. Im not sure about the adderall and sex yet havent been taking it long enough. I like you thought that maybe it was just making me more normal and that's how it was supposed to be. I dont know it does kinda make me sad but ill deal with it.

Canadian4Life
10-21-10, 03:40 PM
ritalin kills my desire but increases my ability

XiaoBao
10-25-10, 07:23 AM
Now that the thread has been bumped up again I'll add my experiences on this topic as well.

I noticed, that my initiative has gone down quite some, when I am on Ritalin. I used to be the one who usually initiated sex with my girlfriend, but when on Ritalin, I don't seem to want/need sex as much as without Ritalin. Maybe my sex-drive has just gone down to a more "normal" level. Instead of a desire to have sex up to several times a day, I am good with a few times a week. Although I might even be alright with even less.. So I guess Ritalin really does lower my libido significantly! But once my girlfriend initiates, I am always ready and happy to participate as well.

renka
10-25-10, 08:59 AM
In the beginning, I noticed an increased libido. But after 2 years on Ritalin (both LA and short-action), it's more like... the opposite. But I don't blame Ritalin (or not entirely), since I'm dysthymic too, and it's more likely the cause.

noselfcontrol
10-25-10, 09:12 AM
my sex drive is just fine. maybe give the mrs. some ritalin! (just kidding...) (sort of...)