View Full Version : Adderall and effects on erections and libido


ziggy1234
07-18-06, 02:42 AM
I am new here, so I searched through all the previous threads to see if anyone had addressed the topic of adderall affecting the ability for a man to have an erection. Some people had brought it up, but the discussion always switched to a different topic.

Are there any other men on this board who use adderall and have these symptoms? I take 20mg of adderall only when I really need it. I have never taken adderall for more than three days straight, and plan to continue this method since it has proven effective. But when I do take a dose, I experience penis and testicle shrinkage. In addition, my penis becomes "hard" or "tight", and it becomes very difficult to become erect. It's hard to explain heh. :confused: But, after a day or so, everything down there goes back to normal. Anyone have any similar side effects and whether prolonged use of adderall has led to more permanent sexual problems? Thank you for your time

Huh?
07-18-06, 10:36 AM
I had the same problem. In my experience it gets better after taking it for a while, your body seems to get used to it. I talked to my doc about it and he prescribed viagra to counter the effects of adderall and lexapro. Works like a charm!

ChinchX
07-21-06, 08:51 PM
i'm just gonna be frank and brutally honest here..

i can tell you for sure that any strong stimulant, whether it be adderall/amphetamine, cocaine, or methamphetamine.. will cause your penis to shrink. it will also cause your scrotum (trying not to be offensive) to tighten up. it inhibits your ability to get an erection (or more likely, you will still be able to get one, just it won't get fully hard).

the physical/medical reason for this happening is that stimulants/adderall cause the body to remove blood from the digestive tract and "non-vital" organs. your penis being one of those.. and as we know, penis size and erection ability has to do with blood flow to the area. adderall engages the sympathetic nervous system. here is a rundown of the effects of the sympathetic nervous system and it's opposite, the parasympathetic. (from http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/auto.html)

<table bgcolor="#ffffcc" border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="3"><tbody><tr><td colspan="3" align="center">The Autonomic Nervous System</td></tr> <tr><th>Structure</th><th>Sympathetic Stimulation</th><th>Parasympathetic Stimulation</th></tr> <tr><td>Iris (eye muscle)</td><td>Pupil dilation</td><td>Pupil constriction</td></tr> <tr><td>Salivary Glands</td><td>Saliva production reduced</td><td>Saliva production increased</td></tr> <tr><td>Oral/Nasal Mucosa</td><td>Mucus production reduced</td><td>Mucus production increased</td></tr> <tr><td>Heart</td><td>Heart rate and force increased</td><td>Heart rate and force decreased</td></tr> <tr><td>Lung</td><td>Bronchial muscle relaxed</td><td>Bronchial muscle contracted</td></tr> <tr><td>Stomach</td><td>Peristalsis reduced</td><td>Gastric juice secreted; motility increased</td></tr> <tr><td>Small Intestine</td><td>Motility reduced</td><td>Digestion increased</td></tr> <tr><td>Large Intestine</td><td>Motility reduced</td><td>Secretions and motility increased</td></tr> <tr><td>Liver</td><td>Increased conversion of
glycogen to glucose</td><td>http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/clear.gif</td></tr> <tr><td>Kidney</td><td>Decreased urine secretion</td><td>Increased urine secretion</td></tr> <tr><td>Adrenal medulla</td><td>Norepinephrine and
epinephrine secreted </td><td>http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/clear.gif</td></tr> <tr><td>Bladder</td><td>Wall relaxed
Sphincter closed</td><td>Wall contracted
Sphincter relaxed</td></tr></tbody></table>
here is a visual for you:

http://facweb.furman.edu/%7Eeinstein/general/neurodemo/ans.gif



i experience all three of these effects, and as any older guy who takes them knows.. they're just things you deal with.

they've got slang terms for those effects such as "speed d*ck" (for amphetamine) and "crystal c*ck" (for crystal meth)..

though most doctors won't admit or tell you that it will shrink your package up. they may tell you that it inhibits erection though.

as for libido.. it is supposed to increase your libido. some people become hypersexual and horny all the time. you will hear from guys who were on methamphetamine say how their libidos were raging on the drug.

i know adderall is not meth, but it is amphetamine, methamphetamine's little brother, so the effects are going to be the same (albeit to a lesser degree).

as for me, the adderall causes shrinkage.. but no change in libido. but every person is different.

as you said, once the drug wears off, you will return to normal.

does taking adderall cause long-term damage to the erection ability? there is some evidence that chronic administration of amphetamine can cause long-term erection problems, but i am not sure if that only is at high/abusive dosages or medical/prescribed dosages. maybe you can look the information up and let us know.

hope all that helped answer your questions.

MattyB
07-22-06, 02:55 AM
Chinch...I think you need to clarify when you say "Penis Shrinkage"....I'm pretty sure you mean the penis in its flaccid state. As far as being erect, I've no noticed no difference in my size since being on adderall.

To address the original poster's concern about getting an erection while on adderall...I've noticed that sometimes I think too much about what I'm gonna be doing (Sex) which seems to lead to performance anxiety sometimes. To counter this, I usually just lay off the adderall if I know I'm going to have sex, or I'll just take my time and go slower than usual and concentrate on her other areas until my mind gets on the right track.

ChinchX
07-22-06, 04:09 AM
yes, i do mean flaccid state when i'm talking about "shrinkage", but also it does not get fully erect as it used to. it's still usable, but it just doesn't inflate to the max. depending on the day, and the situation.. it usually probably only gets to 80% erect. i know that's probably TMI about my penis but.. *shrug*

to be honest it doesn't seem to return to normal when i go off the adderall anyways. the flaccid state returns to normal, but the erection doesn't work as great anymore.. but it could be due to anything.. i've taken a lot of medications over the years. it could have been due to things like paxil. i can't say the adderall caused it. i can't rule it out either.

here's some citations:

"Antidepressants and stimulants can control ADD disorder to certain extents. But, in the long run, it can lead to impotence."

"Studies on animals showed that amphetamines can decrease testosterone levels in the body. The levels of testosterone predict erections in men. A decreasing testosterone level is an alarm signal for men who are under anti-depressants as it increases the possibility of impotence in them."

"Drugs like Adderall can provide relief in treating ADD but in the process, it will impede the normal flow of blood and cause impotence in men."

http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/12-8-2005-83453.asp


also check out this thread.. where one person says

"Extensive online research by Viktoria and myself came across a very unpleasant discovery. There is a published study or survey and I cannot remember where, that states ....85 percent of men taking significent levels of dex or similar related stimulant compounds, suffer sexual dysfunction at some level, or can expect to suffer sexual impairment/impotence if the medication is continued long term. :eek:

I also have read online somewhere, that high (whatever high is) levels of dex over a long period of time can lead to irrepairable loss of sexual function.

Naturally, the multi billion dollar pharmacutical companies manufacturing stimulants for ADHD, dont advertise these type of facts widely."

http://www.addforums.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-14240.html

so there is some merit to what i have said.

AJB187
07-24-06, 10:30 PM
Ask your doctor for Levitra or Viagra, works great.

jonquiljo
07-25-06, 03:31 PM
But when I do take a dose, I experience penis and testicle shrinkage. In addition, my penis becomes "hard" or "tight", and it becomes very difficult to become erect. It's hard to explain heh. :confused: I would suggest taking Adderall more regularly - and eventually your body will adjust. In fact, your body (at least in my case) seems to overcompensate after a while. Not only will you get your erections back - but more often. In fact, I'm in my 50's and it has "over-revved" my libido somewhat - a bit too much. Be prepared to find an outlet for your tension - perhaps a bad joke - but an important one. Good luck.

AJB187
07-25-06, 07:02 PM
I use levitra to counter that just in case it should happen at the wrong time, that's never a good situation... it's always good to have just in case... and you can likely get it free via samples from your doc.

TangentBoy
07-27-06, 08:35 PM
I'm with Jonquiljo, just take your meds everyday and your body will adjust to negate this side effect. If by any far chance it doesn't after you've been diligent with your meds for a while, mention it to your doc...

Also, something to keep in mind is that if your difficulty with an erection is strictly linked to the meds, which is what it sounds like...then once it is fully out of your system each day you'll be fine. So until your body adapts, just use a little judgement with timing....no hot broom-closet affairs at work 10 minutes after you pop a pill.

ChinchX, though your intentions are great and you're trying to provide info, I saw the article some of those citations came from; it was linked to from another thread on this board. That article was nothing more than 'click thru' marketing; basically a bunch of random ideas / scientific claims with no references thrown together into an article by some dunce. It was designed to get the readers to click links on the rest of the page for 'libido pills and herbal solutions' etc. I'm not saying that the 'big pharms' don't hide stuff; but people need to be very wary of medical 'info' on the web.

And just for a little humor: "Studies on animals" ??? After the government was done testing super-high concentrations of THC on mice it was safe to conclude that a woman who smokes pot and became pregnant might possibly eat her baby. :o

AJB187
07-27-06, 09:20 PM
Ziggy, I would go with the Levitra.. do not be embarrassed to ask... think of it this way.. what is more embarrassing :

1) Not being able to get it up for a girl you like.
2) Asking a professional doctor for impotence medication.

You cant assume once it leaves your body that you will be good to go, Adderalls effects on the males stuff is unpredictable.

When I was first using Adderall the first thing I noticed was that I really wanted sex.. and it just wasnt happening with the Adderall.

Having impotence medications in your possession is a real security blanket.. if you are feeling really anxious about this matter then you will never be able to get it back because you will convince yourself it does not work, its kind a downward spiral . If you have these medications you will never be worried about having sex again you will always be ready to go with all the confidence in the world.

panthoot
07-28-06, 03:47 AM
wow, I had no idea Adderall had that side effect in men (being female, I must have not paid much attention when reading about the possible side effects).

Wellbutrin is often prescribed off label to counter sexual side effects from SSRIs, so it might work for stims, too. I have a friend on ritalin who used viagra for erection issues, but quit using it completely when he started a low dose of wellbutrin for depression. He hasn't had any ED problems since then.

texassweetpea
08-04-06, 03:05 AM
My boyfriend has a complete different reaction to adderall. It makes him hypersexual and seems to make everything more intenses. Who needs viagra? lol

KurtG85
08-05-06, 03:25 AM
Me, lol. :D:p

theta
08-05-06, 11:44 AM
I've taken reboxetine, a selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor available
in many countries (Not the US). Its likely is like Straterra. Well anyway its
a half-way effective ADHD drug. A major side effect I had was ED problems.
I did not take reboxetine very long but when I did and planned on having
sex I took 0.4 mg tamsulosin (Flomax) before. Its an alpha adrenoceptor blocker . It can all most completely counter the ED problems from stimulants.

KurtG85
08-05-06, 06:14 PM
Is that stuff available in vitamin shops or where do you get that stuff?

theta
08-05-06, 06:42 PM
Is that stuff available in vitamin shops or where do you get that stuff?No you need a RX for it.

theta
08-05-06, 08:36 PM
No you need a RX for it.Hmm I just saw an ad on CNN for
flomax they gave a toll free number
1-877-4-flomax . Its used to treat
an enlarged prostate.

KurtG85
08-06-06, 05:35 AM
Im not sure if adderall is the cause of it, but i also find it pretty difficult to pee sometimes. This is tied pretty closely with the level my depression/sex drive is at. Does adderall affect the prostate in any way (ie: enlarge it)?

Nocturnal
08-06-06, 07:24 AM
Im not sure if adderall is the cause of it, but i also find it pretty difficult to pee sometimes. This is tied pretty closely with the level my depression/sex drive is at. Does adderall affect the prostate in any way (ie: enlarge it)?
I notice the same thing. Let me know if you find anything out.

theta
08-06-06, 08:20 AM
Im not sure if adderall is the cause of it, but i also find it pretty difficult to pee sometimes. This is tied pretty closely with the level my depression/sex drive is at. Does adderall affect the prostate in any way (ie: enlarge it)?Yeah urinary retention is a problem
I had from reboxetine. I do not
think the drugs "enlarge" the prostate but the prostate has
many alpha 1 adrendroreceptors
that stimulants effect. Flomax
selectively blocks the alpha 1
adrenoreceptors.

http://www.reboxetine.com/tamsulosin.html

sconard82
08-18-06, 05:56 PM
I, also, am hypersexual when I'm on adderall. My libido shoots through the roof, which may be why I don't have the side effects some of you have. I want it so bad that I have no problem achieving erection.

Strattera is the only drug I've ever taken that had a HUGE impact on my libido. I didn't want sex at all, and had a hard time reaching full erection.

X-Man
08-18-06, 07:18 PM
I guess this Texas weather and Adderall just mix well. I think Adderall and Viagra might cause an explosion down here.

X-Man

lukeyboy21
10-20-06, 04:37 PM
I also have erection problems sometimes. I take adderall and zoloft, and the combination of both anti'Ds and stimulants will obviously have an effect on libido. I broke up with my gf recently but when we were dating I remember one time I couldn't get it up with her, although we didn't have sex often at all, 3 times in 2months. Anyways I was really anxious about my performance that night hence= impotence. I also take viagra sometimes, mail ordered. I don't ask my psych for it cause I honestly don't use it very much, and don't have sex that much in general either. With adderall my libido does increase on average, but usually peaks at inappropriate times, and when the time is right it may be non-existent again. its depressing to have to take viagra for intercourse as i'm only 21. Regardless, I haven't noticed a decrease in size or testicles from either the zoloft or adderall.

Arthur86
07-23-08, 07:17 AM
yes, i do mean flaccid state when i'm talking about "shrinkage", but also it does not get fully erect as it used to. it's still usable, but it just doesn't inflate to the max. depending on the day, and the situation.. it usually probably only gets to 80% erect. i know that's probably TMI about my penis but.. *shrug*

to be honest it doesn't seem to return to normal when i go off the adderall anyways. the flaccid state returns to normal, but the erection doesn't work as great anymore.. but it could be due to anything.. i've taken a lot of medications over the years. it could have been due to things like paxil. i can't say the adderall caused it. i can't rule it out either.

here's some citations:

"Antidepressants and stimulants can control ADD disorder to certain extents. But, in the long run, it can lead to impotence."

"Studies on animals showed that amphetamines can decrease testosterone levels in the body. The levels of testosterone predict erections in men. A decreasing testosterone level is an alarm signal for men who are under anti-depressants as it increases the possibility of impotence in them."

"Drugs like Adderall can provide relief in treating ADD but in the process, it will impede the normal flow of blood and cause impotence in men."

http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/12-8-2005-83453.asp


also check out this thread.. where one person says

"Extensive online research by Viktoria and myself came across a very unpleasant discovery. There is a published study or survey and I cannot remember where, that states ....85 percent of men taking significent levels of dex or similar related stimulant compounds, suffer sexual dysfunction at some level, or can expect to suffer sexual impairment/impotence if the medication is continued long term. :eek:

I also have read online somewhere, that high (whatever high is) levels of dex over a long period of time can lead to irrepairable loss of sexual function.

Naturally, the multi billion dollar pharmacutical companies manufacturing stimulants for ADHD, dont advertise these type of facts widely."

http://www.addforums.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-14240.html

so there is some merit to what i have said.
The exact same situation happens to me: it only goes up to ~80% of its size when erected, but it becomes about half its size when flaccid when using adderall. I have found though, that working out the day after you took it last takes care of the problem for the day after. Im guessing it takes quite a bit of workout to improve the blood flow down there if you have taken it a lot.
The problem gets really bad when a larger dosis of it is taken in which it wont even go up at all. I have seriously considered to stop taking it because I have to evade my girlfriend when I do.
Are there any other medications that you have tried that have worked for you as well as adderall has? Because I have tried Ritalin and Concerta and neither of them work for me, and I dont even feel like the doctor knows what he is doing either...

amu_d
07-27-08, 10:47 PM
How can any of you take adderall after hearing of such side effects?

Nocturnal
07-27-08, 11:21 PM
Every drug that's made has side effects. Advil and Tylenol both have side effects. They both can cause internal bleeding.

Why do I take the medication? The pros outweigh the cons. The benefits are much more prominent than the side effects.

Also, not everyone suffers from the side effects.

Myself, it actually increases my libido so I'm content with it.

Louder Than Love
07-27-08, 11:25 PM
Just the opposite here.... my libido skyrockets, which IS NOT a good thing for me..... seeing as how im celibate ( not by choice by any means )

and that being said, I don't think i need to touch on the other subject.

Colin
07-28-08, 07:31 AM
Ive taken them for a while, ritalin/dexedrine over 4 seperate periods, and ive noticed no "sexual dysfunction" at all, usualy without them id be too tired anyway.

i noticed problems on a lot of the antidepresants, worst was effexor.

but my understanding is that certain stimulants have diferent effects and side effetcs becuase they act on specific sites in the brain and if you have a less than normal functioning of the chemicals the stimulants wiork on that just makes you more normal.

So I think its obvious that if you take to much or dont need it in first place, or they work more on the unintended sites in the body rather than where they are suposed to such as the RAS in the brain (wich is where I assume mine are needed) then it will make things worse.

for example, seratonine i beleive is used in activating the being sick response (wich ecplains the side effects) but not everyone gets this, and I only got this badly from one SSRI but not the others, not that they actually helped me at all anyway, although I always felt I had a huge grin on my face with the higher doses of effexor, belt felt so much more tired I could hardly move.

on sertraline wich is an SSRI i had the sick response, and it made me unhappy and suicidle, but it woke me up like crazy, like a stumulant, wich as tirdness was my problem I perservered with the side effects, yet other people made them sleepy, the sicknes lasted for 30 mins and was a bit like a panic atack, but i Learned I could ride it out, and this made it easier, I found the combination of alcohol and sertraline made me feel the best id ever felt at the time, and was able to actuialy stay awake long enough to enjoy a party.

but stoped as my alcohol consumption seemed to be rising out of control, and i sudenly felt like just simply driving the car off the motorway bridge while driving home.

the side effects for Insulin for a normal person would be obvious, yet a diabetic would die without it. obviusly this is an extreme situation to compare with.

I notice aderal is more cloasely related to amphetamine than dexedrine, and the blurb says dexedrine is based on amphetamine but has ben changed to reduce the side efects, yet they push aderal as its licensed, but seems to contain amphetamine itself, (where as dexedrine isnt at least in UK for adults), it doesnt give me so much confidence.

khunter78
09-09-08, 07:06 PM
I have been on some version of ADD med's since I was 13. My libedo has always been very strong, and the adderall has not inhibited that at all. I am 30, and have begun to experience some ED issues in the last 4 years. I am still working out the cause, I think it could be a mix of the adderall and mental anxiety. My doc also gave me Viagra and it works like a charm.
The impotency risk is something I have only just started to hear about, and it worries me..... 17 yrs of stimulants, if it is true I have to be a prime canidate for this problem.

Ahhh life.....

BBC3
09-15-08, 05:02 AM
HIgh norepinephrine = soft wood, high sex drive, automatic uncontrolled ejaculation. Even just standing around....

xpinchx
09-17-08, 04:03 PM
I, also, am hypersexual when I'm on adderall. My libido shoots through the roof, which may be why I don't have the side effects some of you have. I want it so bad that I have no problem achieving erection.

Strattera is the only drug I've ever taken that had a HUGE impact on my libido. I didn't want sex at all, and had a hard time reaching full erection.i second this statement, stattera was awful on my libido and also my penis size.

***TMI WARNING***



My normal flacid penis is probably 3" long and normally hangs down in my boxer shorts. On strattera it literally shrank to about half an inch (1/6th of its normal size!!!) Also I'm uncircumcised and the foreskin all bunched up and stuck straight out from my body which was extremely uncomfortable when walking around. If that wasn't bad enough, full erection was impossible, and the semi faded away quickly after no stimulation. Ejaculation was almost a full minute early before I orgasmed.



***TMI WARNING***



good news is that all the side effects went away a day after stopping. I'm on ritalin now and so far no side effects.

MrMike
09-19-08, 05:18 PM
Panthroot, I'm currently taking Adderall and Wellbutrin and sadly still have the shrinkage effects. I've been taking adderall on and off for ten years and it has always caused scrotal, erectal and flacid shrinkage.

hueman84
11-10-08, 02:39 AM
Took a break from using adderall, but found myself going back to it (it was prescribed). I also noticed the impotency thing. Except for me, i have an extremely high libido (i get extremely horny), but I just can't get it up. I think, though i dont remember, that i had the same problem when I first started taking adderall and it just corrected itself over time. I just hope that is the case this time.

BackOnTheRocks
01-18-09, 01:42 PM
Prepare yourself for some personal info..haha..

I definitely have a lowered or non-existent libido on Adderall. It's like all the blood is in my brain and not flowing down there or something! My boyfriend used to be on Adderall, and he often complained that he couldn't get an erection or that his libido was dwindling when on it. Keep in mind, he's young like me (I'm 22, he's 25), and is generally a very sexual person. He always said it was just like he had no interest in anything sexual when on Adderall. For me, libido has been an on-going problem (due to Lexapro, I'm assuming).

All I can say conclusively is that Adderall does not do anything to improve my libido. And I will be presumptive in saying that I think it actually is a major culprit, along with Lexapro, causing a total lack of libido the majority of the time.

So frustrating.... :mad:..GRR!

mammalspod
01-24-09, 03:52 AM
Just a thought. Stimulants act as vasoconstrictors, meaning they reduce the aperture of your arteries, especially going to your extremities (others have noticed cold hands, etc.) This is related to the erection problems as well as the flaccid shrinkage. The good news is that the extra dopamine probably supresses prolactin, which competes with testosterone. Just like any vasoconstrictor, with daily use your body will adapt and the constriction effects will disappear. This is why people who don't usually drink caffeine will have jacked up blood pressure when they do drink it, but people who drink the same amount everyday will have no effect on blood pressre. I believe this is because you will eventually adapt by overproducing adenosine receptors.

That said, I wouldn't want to be getting used to stimulants and be on SSRI's at the same time. It sounds like a real erection would be damn near impossible.

My hypothesis is that the best way to help your body adjust to this problem would be to lift heavy weights. This will increase your production of nitric oxide which will counteract the vasoconstriction as well as improve your general well-being. As long as your diet is good, you drink enough water, and you're not on any other erection-killing meds, (SSRI) throwin' some steel around will be your fastest ticket to schwingville.

mammalspod
01-24-09, 04:01 AM
And eat oysters.

jpwilhelm
03-24-09, 12:40 AM
I am having the same problem, I just started adderall again 3 months ago. I am 34 years old, I work out 4 days a week and have a very good diet of six small meals a day. My libido is a lot higher, but that is not good when you can't get it up.
Before I started with the adderall 3 months ago, I had always got an erection like I did as a teenager, often at wrong times just by thinking about something. But now nothing and if I really try maybe only a 60% erection that is worthless in sex.
I also noticed my scrotum is always stiff and penis looks like I scared turtle when flaccid. Like when you get out of a pool in cold weather. My hands and feet always seem cold and they fall asleep as well.
I hope this goes away, I took adderall in my 20s for 4 years and don't ever remember this happening. I went out and picked up some blue pills today, I hope it helps. This really sucks.

NuMetal
01-27-10, 09:27 PM
I guess you could say that I'm an avid adderall abuser, my tolerance has skyrocketed and most people can't even believe how much I take. A lot of what you guys said seems to fit what I experience for side effects too. It all started about a year and a half ago when I had only been taking it for a couple months I went to have sex with my fairly new girlfriend. It was gonna be our first time with each other and I had no fears of not getting an erection whatsoever since it had always worked fine before and I wasn't aware that ED was even a possible side effect of adderall. Well wouldn't ya know it was hard as can be up till the point where I was getting ready to put it in. I was quite broken up over it and I am the worst overthinker I've ever met so I seriously cannot get the fear out of my head when the time comes. Like a lot of people, apparently, my libido shoots up hard and I am able to fantasize incredibly vivid and realistic thoughts. It works just fine with my long time ex who I still hook up with occasionally...in fact it makes sex feel way better. But it never works with new girls and I always have to explain it and pray she is understanding. Mind you this is when I'm not on it and I even stopped using for 2 months and still had the same problem. I have found that once I get more comfortable around her and finally get it to work usually it works fine with that girl from then on. I do believe the side effects are worse for people who aren't even close to having ADHD...aka me. I believe this is a mental block that will forever plague me. Btw viagra doesn't even work at all for me.

Caulker
03-20-10, 03:24 AM
Ya... Adderall seems to get me focused and non sexual until I start coming down from it. Then I'll see a girls legs and my sex drive will go through the roof. Im talking crazy. Girls that dont look appealing to me normally will turn me on.

I can get an erection fine, but the blood flow is a little constricted from the stimulant effect. As a result, though, sex seems to be way more intense and the orgasm is so intense I feel like Im turning inside out. idk... maybe Im taking too much.
On the other hand, shrinkage in the normal state sucks. Never a good feeling.

chronological
03-20-10, 03:27 AM
I can get an erection fine, but the blood flow is a little constricted from the stimulant effect.

Yep.


As a result, though, sex seems to be way more intense and the orgasm is so intense I feel like Im turning inside out.

Yep.


idk... maybe Im taking too much.
On the other hand, shrinkage in the normal state sucks. Never a good feeling.

I told my doc (about the shrinkage, not the turning inside out :) ). He just laughed. I took that to mean it was normal.

Caulker
03-20-10, 05:43 AM
Yeah, the first time I took them I thought someone played a joke on me and slipped me a penis shrinking pill instead.

Calm & focused
06-04-10, 05:23 AM
Add me to the "horny-but-impotent-when-on-Adderall" club. After about a month on the addy, my sex drive is sometimes out of control. When it's effects are peaking, this isn't an issue so much because i'm usually focused on my daily to-do list (which does not typically include "masturbate for five hours"). But when the addy is wearing off a little bit, and i decide to "relieve some tension" in the early evening, hours may go by before that tension is...er...relieved.

When i first started to take adderall regularly i never would've imagined this side effect. When i used to just take it occassionally for things like finals and papers in college it turned me into a robot for whom sex would've been the last thing on its mind. Interestingly, this spike in libido happens to have occurred after i stopped taking Wellbutrin (which is supposed to boost sex drive).

Annoyingly enough, although i may be as eager as a racehorse at the starting gate, i -- like so many people here -- have an ironic inability to "rise to the occassion." Even when i'm "alone...relieving tension," i realize that my erection would not be strong enough for decent intercourse.

I hope this cruel combination of side effects subsides over time!! (Along with my blood pressure going back to normal)

Naked Ape
06-06-10, 03:21 PM
Well, I appreciate all the information people have donated to the thread. I have gained a better understanding of my "problem," heh.

I am a 19 year old male college student and, though I may not technically have ADD, the medicine, Adderall (20mg), allows me to fulfill my academic and personal goals with less of a mental struggle. I was really excited to find something that helped me to "meet my potential" (sorry for the cliche :p). I could actually sit down and enjoy a book!

Once I realized the unfornate testicular side effects, the excitement was quickly replaced by dread. This is something you don't want in college, that's for sure. My use of Adderall is generally inconsistent, so I hope my body will adjust with regular use. Also, I'll take the advice of mammalspod and be sure to drink water and work out (something I admittedly don't do). We'll see how that goes. If this continues, I'll ask my doc to switch me to something else. Perhaps, I'll ask for Ritalin, because it seems to have a better record in this regard.

By the way, I seemed to have the same problem with Concerta.

LongJohnsGift
09-30-10, 11:14 AM
I have the opposite problem. Man i've read everyone's post in here and i'm a little worried for my future. I've been taking adderall about 8 years or so on and off. It's allways caused a lot of tension and anxiety but if i'm horny, which i very very often am on adderall, i have no erection problems. Actually i get so hard, and even bigger, sometimes that it actually kind of feels a bit uncomfortable, also after ejaculation my penis is still semi hard for like 20 30 mins and inches and burns at the head. What's weird for me is that when i get an erection the part of my penis that is inside of my body under my sac, gets really really hard, even after erection has subsided it is still fully hard for about a minute or two which cocerns me. Also i have diffeculty urinating after ejaculation while i'm on it, especially after alcohol, and then it burns :( I'm just afriad that this is my body compensating for ED in the future. Has anyone else experienced this?

livingpharaoh
10-03-10, 11:58 AM
I have the opposite problem. Man i've read everyone's post in here and i'm a little worried for my future. I've been taking adderall about 8 years or so on and off. It's allways caused a lot of tension and anxiety but if i'm horny, which i very very often am on adderall, i have no erection problems. Actually i get so hard, and even bigger, sometimes that it actually kind of feels a bit uncomfortable, also after ejaculation my penis is still semi hard for like 20 30 mins and inches and burns at the head. What's weird for me is that when i get an erection the part of my penis that is inside of my body under my sac, gets really really hard, even after erection has subsided it is still fully hard for about a minute or two which cocerns me. Also i have diffeculty urinating after ejaculation while i'm on it, especially after alcohol, and then it burns :( I'm just afriad that this is my body compensating for ED in the future. Has anyone else experienced this?

Ughh.....maybe you should see a specialist bro lol. jk....but seriously....anyway. Yeah this side effect is scaring the crap out of me. Im a 21 year old (black) male. I am usually hypersexual. My ex is bipolar and we used to have sex up to 3-4x a day with no prob. But when we started using ecstacy this is something that I noticed also. X also contains like amphetamines or whatever. But I took a little to much adderrall yesterday and almost past out when i saw my little friend in such a helpless state. So now I'm doomed to either being incapable of completing simple necessary tasks or being able to please my lady friend. This sux.

Will doctors give a 21 year old viagra? If so its gonna get ugly hahah.

LongJohnsGift
10-07-10, 07:04 PM
Ughh.....maybe you should see a specialist bro lol. jk....but seriously....anyway. Yeah this side effect is scaring the crap out of me. Im a 21 year old (black) male. I am usually hypersexual. My ex is bipolar and we used to have sex up to 3-4x a day with no prob. But when we started using ecstacy this is something that I noticed also. X also contains like amphetamines or whatever. But I took a little to much adderrall yesterday and almost past out when i saw my little friend in such a helpless state. So now I'm doomed to either being incapable of completing simple necessary tasks or being able to please my lady friend. This sux.

Will doctors give a 21 year old viagra? If so its gonna get ugly hahah.

Uh yeah i think they will, doesn't really matter what age in fact i think it would be safer for a 21 year old then a seventy year old. you should definitly ask your doc first if it's ok to mix it with adderall, i don't think thank is good idea since they both effect the heart and nervous system, but you should ask.

For you it is probably just anxiety about whether or not you can get an erection on it or not, and it's your own thoughts reinforcing themselves. Try to think like this, here's what i do and it works great for me! Everytime you want to get an erection, either alone or with a partner, just use reverse psychology on yourself, think to yourself that you can't control your erection and that you want it to go away, and even if you don't have an erection at the time, your body will naturally want to do right the opposite and you will get an erection!

on a serious note though, you shouldn't let this get to you, be lucky you have the skills to get girls now days, i'm kind of ashamed to say this but i haven't been able to get any ***** for two years! Just because i've let my social skills deminish, and my friends, i'm starting to turn sour.

Hope my advice helps bro, let me know if it does

Donnyc
12-14-10, 10:53 PM
add me. I am getting off this crap.

PassThat
02-07-11, 03:09 AM
OH MY GOD THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was sooo scared. Thank you thank you thank you.
Phew.

Jester
02-07-11, 08:26 AM
I, also, am hypersexual when I'm on adderall. My libido shoots through the roof, which may be why I don't have the side effects some of you have. I want it so bad that I have no problem achieving erection.

Strattera is the only drug I've ever taken that had a HUGE impact on my libido. I didn't want sex at all, and had a hard time reaching full erection.

Same here man.

To others who complain, if your with a girl just tell her you're on uppers and you need extra love. She can't expect you to get it up without any effort coming from her even under normal circumstances.

Punchfase
02-14-11, 02:24 PM
I had this EXACT issue with the Adderall. I was quite embarrassed over the weekend because of it (met a new girl who went away entirely unimpressed). Being as I have my work and school situation under control, I am discontinuing use of adderall until I can see my doc and am making it a point to work out daily to get some blood flowing again in the nethers.

styversal
03-18-11, 09:54 PM
Well, but from where else but your local EDealer!

Menna
03-20-11, 02:18 AM
Adderall increases blood flow to my urethra - like I'm 17 again. Just another perk as far as I'm concerned. Co-workers love me because I'm productive as hell all day, then I come home and my wife and I pretend like we're in highschool again. Until blues clues ends anyways.

Jester
03-20-11, 10:16 AM
I had this EXACT issue with the Adderall. I was quite embarrassed over the weekend because of it (met a new girl who went away entirely unimpressed). Being as I have my work and school situation under control, I am discontinuing use of adderall until I can see my doc and am making it a point to work out daily to get some blood flowing again in the nethers.

lol...ask her to suck it, that way it'll go up. You have to ASK. If you just sit there waiting for it to get up it won't, Adderall is too strong. Or just take a viagra dose but don't combine with anti histamines.

Leonrc
12-06-11, 08:29 PM
I was taking adderall for about three months. I noticed testicle shrinkage and weak erections. I also had no libido period. I told my doctor about it and he took me off adderall and put me on ritalin. The ritalin helps me concentrate but not as well as the adderall. Had I considered the possibilty of getting used to the adderall and regaining my testicle size. I may have stayed on it.

uncensored
12-07-11, 12:59 AM
Ritalin killed my libido.

No
Interest
Whatsover

Jake the Snake
09-30-12, 11:09 AM
Ive been taking ADD medication for over a year now. I started out with Ritalin instant release 20 mg. I hardly felt any positive effects from the medication, then i switched to twice a day. This was a little more effective, but I grew a tolerance quickly.

Then I switched to Vyvanse. I started out with 30mg, now im on 50. I noticed problems with shrinkage a few hours after taking them, only when flaccid though. I took 30 mgs for 3 months, and effects went away somewhat. But again, this problem only occoured when Im flacid. My errections werent as hard, but i never had problems getting errections. After switching to 50 mg, i started seeing the same things. Ive been taking 50 mg Vyvanse now for almost 6 months. It works great, as far as school, motivation and mood goes.

But, after 4 or 5 months of taking the medication daily. I started to see the probelms getting worse as well as new problems arrising. I had even more problems getting errections, and now was even premature ejaculating. This is the point where it became a problem for me. Sometimes I will even ejaculate when im 50% flacid. Im almost to the point where I will just stop taking it.

In the last year I have also lost over 25 lbs due to aderall, I like this. But know that its unhealthy, sometimes ill find myself eating one meal every other day. So.. my metabolisim basically non-existant.

JPW-02
11-02-12, 12:06 AM
Male 27
I am having the above problem. I was on 20mg time release for a month and then 30 mg time release for almost a month. With 20mg no problem with ED but concentration was not as good. 30 mg allows me to accomplish a lot more and my concentration is incredible, but I can't get an erection. Libido is also increased so that just makes it like some or of cruel torture.

Used to be pretty solid in this department. A couple times a day was no big deal. My wife has been pretty understanding so far, but I think she misses it. I was planning to discontinue use, but if it may go away in time maybe I wont.

What sort of time frame passed before performance returned? Did it return to normal or just get good enough to get the job done?

Procrasto
11-27-12, 12:10 PM
Male 27
I am having the above problem. I was on 20mg time release for a month and then 30 mg time release for almost a month.

I'll be brutally honest and try to keep things PG-13.

I've been on adderall (usually 20mg 2x per day) for five years, although I often take a week or two completely off in large part to make sure that I am not addicted and to enjoy obtaining nice, all-natural wood.

I went back to the regular release, after trying the XR, for a number of reasons, one being that I feel like the effect tapers down earlier than the XR. However, everyone is different.

With 20mg no problem with ED but concentration was not as good. 30 mg allows me to accomplish a lot more and my concentration is incredible,

With the standard release, I notice a bit of a spike in concentration shortly after taking it. I don't notice a big fade in concentration at any single point, however 4+ hours later (compared to right after taking it) I can.

but I can't get an erection.

Ah, now there is the rub...err...so to speak. These medication make one an avid fan of early morning nookie, not coincidentally, the time of day when you have the least amount of this stuff in your system, are rested and presumably relaxed (all good things for blood flow). A racy dream doesn't hurt to stoke the flames, either.

It is important to keep in mind that there are two (more but, I'll only hit two) things at work here: 1) the medication is limited blood flow to the little head and 2) your big head is worrying about your little head, which makes your little head more likely to not do what you want it to do. Dealing with the former issue one can take less of the drug, use some sort of vasodilator (ED drug, NOS, etc) or time one's performances to coincide with maximum blood flow. Dealing with the latter requires one to build confidence in the fact that the issue with one's ability to bring the lumber is due to the drug and not due to a systemic or irreversible medical issue.

Figure out what works best for peak performance and try to make it work for your lifestyle. You and your lady might have to go to bed a little earlier.

Libido is also increased so that just makes it like some or of cruel torture.

When I first started taking this medication, I thought the same thing. In retrospect, I think my libido has always been off the charts. I think that taking this medication just gave me a little push to acting on those impulses (all of them, 24/7). In fact, when I first started taking it, I was often "up" all night (retarded ejac) which, has its pluses and minuses. I always had pretty good 'control' but, this was something different (2-4 hours without the aid of any ED drugs). So, I might have been a little reckless, satisfying some long-pent up desires and thrill seeking (the fact that I might have been exploiting some of the adderall side effects was not lost on me). ED, for the first year or so of using adderall was never an issue and I tested it often. The first time I noticed anything, it was quite subtle, a momentary lapse that quickly corrected itself. However, I knew what it was, the adderall catching up to me.

Looking back on this time period and this particular issue helped me discover the co-morbidity of ADD and PTSD (a story for another time).

Used to be pretty solid in this department. A couple times a day was no big deal.

Physiologically, you still are. However, you are making certain choices within your own context and the focus you need comes at a cost. Fortunately, if done 'right' the cost is really just an imposition. Bottle that pent up libido for those moments when there is little or no adderall in your system.

My wife has been pretty understanding so far, but I think she misses it.

Obviously, so do you. If you both miss it, bring it back. Take this as an opportunity to be extremely honest with her and she will (hopefully) do the same with you and it will not just restore your sex life, it will improve it.

Step one, early to bed (easy to say, hard to do when on adderall), early to rise (so to speak). It's better than going jogging.

I was planning to discontinue use, but if it may go away in time maybe I wont.

Talk to your doc. Maybe try the standard release. Try taking it just once in the morning and see if you can get through the full work day without a second. That way, you'll be ready to rock in the evening. You'll also be able to get to bed earlier.

What sort of time frame passed before performance returned? Did it return to normal or just get good enough to get the job done?

There was only on other incident, in addition to the one sited above, during which I had an issue whilst in the throws of mutual passion (although, I have occasionally used some ED help - just not sure if it was for recreation or just for this). That said, I have noticed less than full attention whilst taking matters into my own hand (so to speak). I think that the latter experience is misleading (as a gauge of performance) in large part because of the 'mental' part of it and the lack of a beautiful woman. You also need to be patient and confident. So what if it takes a little extra to get things going? Take your time, lean towards the activities that you know get your motor running and have fun with it. After all, "it" is supposed to be enjoyable.

Consider yourself fortunate that you have a caring and understanding wife.

I hope that this hasn't been too off color. My apologies if it is a little too risque. I am not trying to titillate rather I am trying to share some experiences that I would have found helpful a few years ago.

Bobrosshppytree
01-30-13, 10:06 PM
Yep. Kills it.

Mid deed self service I just kinda meh- think about other stuff and move on. Like joining a forum and talking about it killing libido. :mad:

Also, yes, the shrinkage thing, it's not like it shrinks your anatomy permanently and literally, it's just like if you were swimming. Small, kinda firm, tucked away for storage. Nothing wrong with you don't worry.

Premature ejaculation common- sometimes even before fully erect, mid anything it comes out even without climax.

I found Strattera had the same effect.

Non permanant- stop taking the med, things go back to normal.