I have just started taking Latuda. I am not too nervous about side effects because I hear many positive things about Latuda and about its side effects. However, I do have a concern of the correlation between Latuda and my sex drive because I have seen a couple of comments about Latuda diminishing it. Looking for some insight and different perspectives, thanks!
How is the correlation between Latuda and ones sex drive?
Question posted by bcov on 24 Sep 2015
Last updated on 17 September 2019 by Nlowther
I honestly came here looking for answers about Latuda vs. Sex Drive because I recently had to switch from a max dosage of Effexor to the minimum 20mg dosage of Latuda, and am happily surprised at how much my sex drive has bounced back to “normal” It’s a night and day difference in all my symptoms but this particularly was nice to get back
I have taken many antipsychotics and they all basically decrease your sex drive by over 90% if not entirely. I would go what seemed like an entire month without an orgasm, and a good one was impossible. I cannot fathom the side effects being reported are from a very large sample size. It may be blatant lies if they actually claim 99.5 of people don’t experience diminished sex drive. I have stopped antipsychotics at times but coping with what I have is beyond difficult. My alternative is regularly experiencing sexual tactile hallicinations that are accompanied by voices criticizing me and physically enjoying my discomfort. In my case eliminating persistent psychosis and nonstop hallucinated molestation is worth a drastically diminished sex drive. So yes, in my experience every antipsychotic has drastically reduced my sex drive.
It has increased my sex drive.
Hi, bcov! Decreased libido is only mentioned in the Physician's Desk Reference as a rare side effect of Latuda meaning that <0.5% of all users have reported this side effect (although EVERY side effect has to be reported). The thing to remember is that the comments you read are from the 5-10-25 people who DID have this side effect not the 99.5% of millions of users who DID NOT have this or any other side effect.
It could happen to you but the chances are pretty slim and that is true of any medication, even OTCs. Even aspirin and ibuprofen can have very serious side effects but who hesitates to take them for a headache or muscle pain?
Worst case scenario, even if you did have a problem, you could simply change the medication.
Good luck! Latuda is one of the best new drugs to come to market and it's helping millions of people. WCV
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