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Old 11-23-11, 04:56 AM
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Are the sexual dysfunctions related with meds permanent?

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I've been taking 70mg Vyvanse for quite some time now (years) and I feel like it may be affecting my mojo. I can get hard, but it's just not quite 100% and I can lose it fast but can get it back up to almost par with some work but then it dies out after not too long. I just recently got into a relationship with a smokin hot Romanian fox so I can tell she's not the issue, but I wanna be able to give her all I got so she can be as satisfied as possible, plus there's the thing that reduces your sex drive..... So basically what I'm asking is if I were to stop this medication would this go away or could this become permanent?

And please, I'm NOT trying to hear "no don't stop taking your medication, just add cialas or Viagra" or anything like that. I simply want to know IF I stopped taking this for even just a day or two or for good, would this go away?
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Re: Are the sexual dysfunctions related with meds permanent?

I'm guessing no but.......
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Hi guys
I've been taking 70mg Vyvanse for quite some time now (years) and I feel like it may be affecting my mojo. I can get hard, but it's just not quite 100% and I can lose it fast but can get it back up to almost par with some work but then it dies out after not too long. I just recently got into a relationship with a smokin hot Romanian fox so I can tell she's not the issue, but I wanna be able to give her all I got so she can be as satisfied as possible, plus there's the thing that reduces your sex drive..... So basically what I'm asking is if I were to stop this medication would this go away or could this become permanent?

And please, I'm NOT trying to hear "no don't stop taking your medication, just add cialas or Viagra" or anything like that. I simply want to know IF I stopped taking this for even just a day or two or for good, would this go away?
I don't think Vyvanse has sexual side effects. I've been taking Vyvanse for a year, and I haven't had sexual side effects. If anything, I think it is supposed to be one of those stimulants that increase drive. I could be wrong, but I don't believe it is supposed to have any real side effects in this area.

So, to answer your question, no I don't think stopping would help.


Could there be another reason for your problem? I'm having similar issues right now as well. At first I thought it was a result of taking Cymbalta, but I've been off it for about a month now and am still having issues. I think my depression, anxiety, and stress are contributing. Maybe it is something similar with you.

Whatever the reason, I feel your pain man.
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Could there be another reason for your problem? I'm having similar issues right now as well. At first I thought it was a result of taking Cymbalta, but I've been off it for about a month now and am still having issues. I think my depression, anxiety, and stress are contributing. Maybe it is something similar with you.

Whatever the reason, I feel your pain man.
This ^ is what I was going to ask. I'm not a guy, but I do know that taking certain antidepressants can have that affect. Other medications can as well.

If you think Vyvanse is the cause, have you talked with your doc about it? It's not listed as a common side effect and not one that I've heard of with amphetamine based medications. However, that doesn't mean that you won't experience that side effect. It's hard to say if this will go away if you don't skip your meds one day.

Before you skip a dose, why not get with your doc and see if maybe he's had other patients on Vyvanse with this issue? Perhaps there might be another cause for what's happening.

@DarkShadow, it can take awhile to get back to normal after being on an SSRI, SNRI, etc. I know that libido can be affected while taking SSRI, SNRI. I was on Celexa for roughly 12- 13 years. Got off all antidepressants in May. Still having some issues, but it's getting better. Doc says it can take some time before everything is back to normal.
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Re: Are the sexual dysfunctions related with meds permanent?

Just stop for a day or two... if problem goes away then you"ll know its the Vyvance... if not its something else.

DarkShadow makes a great point... I too thought my meds were causing me problems down there. Turns out it was stress and anxiety(amazing what the mind can do to the body)... however in the past i was on SSRI's and they definitly caused me some problems.

...And try not to think about it to much, having anxiety about it only makes it worse.
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This ^ is what I was going to ask. I'm not a guy, but I do know that taking certain antidepressants can have that affect. Other medications can as well.

If you think Vyvanse is the cause, have you talked with your doc about it? It's not listed as a common side effect and not one that I've heard of with amphetamine based medications. However, that doesn't mean that you won't experience that side effect. It's hard to say if this will go away if you don't skip your meds one day.

Before you skip a dose, why not get with your doc and see if maybe he's had other patients on Vyvanse with this issue? Perhaps there might be another cause for what's happening.

@DarkShadow, it can take awhile to get back to normal after being on an SSRI, SNRI, etc. I know that libido can be affected while taking SSRI, SNRI. I was on Celexa for roughly 12- 13 years. Got off all antidepressants in May. Still having some issues, but it's getting better. Doc says it can take some time before everything is back to normal.

That's what my therapist told me, but I was only on Cymbalta for 3 weeks. I've been off it longer than I was on it. When I was on Cymbalta, I was unable to acheive an erection at all. Nothing was happening, no matter how much I tried.

Now I can only acheive a partial, and that is sometimes. I also often lose it quickly when I do acheive it. I can't control when it does or does not happen for me. This is why I think it has to do with my depression, anxiety, and stress right now. I'm still recovering from a breakdown and haven't fully returned to normal.
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