View Full Version : Saving my career. Eliminating my sex life.


jman05
12-22-13, 02:24 PM
This is very serious for me. After years of trying different meds I finally tried Strattera and it actually worked. I literally tried every med and lost many jobs in the process. Well this is great, and I am happy, but now I lost my sex drive and actually loose hardness during sex. I just tried to have sex with this girl I started dating twice for the first time and I lost hardness both times. I'm thinking of skipping weekend doses, but I think that has affects on the effectiveness during the week. I'm really torn here. I can't believe I have to chose between these two very important things.

spacewoman
12-22-13, 10:01 PM
I'm sorry you are having to deal with that side effect. How long have you been taking Straterra? From what I've read, most side effects (including the sexual ones) subside after a while.

Wishing you luck as you work through this.

Straterra has been working really well for me too, but as a woman, I haven't had to worry about this side effect.

Nicksgonefishin
12-23-13, 01:50 AM
Could you skip it on days you have a date?

Or have sex before you medicate in the morning?

jman05
12-24-13, 04:19 PM
Could you skip it on days you have a date?

Or have sex before you medicate in the morning?

I've actually tried that. If I skip a day, I decreases effectiveness for a few days, and it takes a bit for the side effects to wash out because it is long acting.

janiew
12-24-13, 05:21 PM
In my experience as a professional and self-employed person, sometimes making money is more important than sex. Not often, but sometimes...

Really...

jman05
12-24-13, 11:32 PM
In my experience as a professional and self-employed person, sometimes making money is more important than sex. Not often, but sometimes...

Really...

I agree. If I can't keep a job, I feel worthless, don't have income, and appear to be a loser to women. So I won't get sex anyways. Better to have a job and a woman I can't have sex with than no job and no woman.

Abi
12-24-13, 11:35 PM
Not a fair trade off.

Quit the Strat and become a robber.

janiew
12-24-13, 11:38 PM
I agree. If I can't keep a job, I feel worthless, don't have income, and appear to be a loser to women. So I won't get sex anyways. Better to have a job and a woman I can't have sex with than no job and no woman.

Oh dear, I wasn't saying that. So sorry.

Find the balance between sex and work if you can.

Personally, I think a rich emotional and spiritual life, are the best contributors to happiness...

Nyseto
12-26-13, 01:29 PM
Get in the gym, take zinc, eat lots of protein. Boost your testosterone.

addthree
12-26-13, 03:43 PM
That sucks. Those type of medications have that effect on some people.
Nothing else works?

jman05
12-27-13, 12:08 AM
That sucks. Those type of medications have that effect on some people.
Nothing else works?


Literally tried everything else. Viva see worked for a while, but stopped.

wrich73
12-27-13, 01:34 PM
Literally tried everything else. Viva see worked for a while, but stopped.

I am 40 years old, physically very active and Strattera was horrible for me. Sexual side effects were so bad Viagra wouldn't even work! My wife threatened to throw me out if I didn't get off of it, which was fine with me as it was also causing suicidal ideation (as a stay at home dad, this is not a good thing...)

Have you considered Wellbutrin? I was on Adderall for two years and the side effects were terrible...I felt like an angry robot all the time! After moving cities I switched doctors and asked about Strattera because I disliked the Adderall so much.

At first, Strattera helped with my mood, but I was sleepy all the time and had a tombstone for testicles. My doc then had me take low dose adderall with the strattera which made me manic and so depressed I was unable to cope with my 12 month old son.

Since the strattera helped with mood, and adderall helped with my ability to focus/complete tasks (even get out of bed!) but neither worked for everything I decided to switch to Wellbutrin XL based on the suggestion of a close friend who is a triple boarded psychiatrist.

The effect on mood was almost immediate (I guess since Strattera is also a norepi inhibitor). I continued the adderall for a few weeks (was taking 10 mg x2 a day) but discontinued it after the angry robot feelings started to return.

All in all the Wellbutrin has worked very well for me, I take 150 mg at 5:30-6am (when my son begins to stir in his lair..) and again at 11am--A single 300mg dose in the morning makes me too anxious) I am happy to say I am also completely off adderall.

I still take a stimulant in the morning, but it's otc, cheap and been around for quite a while (ECA stack)-- 2x primatine tablets (25 mg ephedrine HCL/400 mg guaifenesin), 200 mg caffeine and 325 mg aspirin. Surprisingly, my overall caffeine consumption has decreased--I stopped wanting coffee in the morning, or afternoon, or at all.

Before I ever got into "professional" adult add treatment, I did the ECA stack for ~12 years at relatively high doses (3x what I take now on the wellbutrin xl). I still suffered from lack of discipline/thrill seeking/risky behavior/relationship issues. The adderall fixed all those problems, but made me miserable in the process. For whatever reason, It seems I need a norepi boost, and my dopamine to stick around longer, just not more of it.

Anyway, sorry for the diatribe, seeing your post about Strattera really hit home for!

velmmm
01-13-14, 10:13 PM
i am sensitive to meds so only need small doses i thought from post i would have problem with erection and orgasm. i started 25mg strattera 3 days ago and took baby dose adderall same time incase took time for strattera to work; felt many things 1st day so worked right away then skipped 2nd day ,on second day i noticed sense of humor coming back, more patience, less social phobia-so it lasted full 48hrs for me. Today took 10mg strattera today & 50mg viagra 3 hours after lunch & 1 hour before my friend of years came over. Actually fully engorged erection nor difficult to orgasm- actually i was super sensitive and excited in the foreplay so me for me it was hightened. and the orgasm was like a full body orgasm after 45mins. I take long to orgasm as years ago i think zoloft may have could that and given me some ED. But with viagra, and cheap where i live part of year costa rica like seven dollars for 4 fifties, and good partner all goood. NOw if you have no problem masterbating with erection/ orgasm a sex therapist might say nerves; and they would recommend you try viagra.. If you get xm radio online you can play some of the "sexual health and healing shows"..i tape them on a digital voice recorder and play in car- BEST WISHES AND I BELIEVE HOPE FOR YOU..THINGS THAT MAKE YOU NERVOUS WILL INHIBIT ERECTION AND WAS A NEWER DATE

jman05
01-17-14, 10:20 PM
Update: I started taking about a quarter of my dose before bed, and the rest in the mornings. On days I plan on being sexually active, I take about 25% less. Seems to be working.

HyperAussie
02-23-14, 05:35 PM
If you can't maintain an erection you know there are various medications such as viagra to help with that?

I am on reboxetine (believe me its very close to Strattera in effect), and it INCREASES my sex drive, but I also have the same problem with the above.