I am a 30 year old female on 150mg xr. I have no sexual desire anymore. I also don't have any desire to lay next to my husband or show any affection to anyone other than my four year old son. I was on Paxil which was so sedating and took away my libido then I went to Wellbutrin and Prozac which gave back my sex drive then switched to Effexor which has been the best medication minus no sex drive. But I don't care that I have no urge. I also don't care that it bothers my husband. I consider this to be a positive of the drug as I used to worry about every little thing my husband said. That being said it might sound that I have no interest in my husband but I do. I just don't care to have sex or even masturbate as I used to do both all the time. Hope that answers your question a little bit
1 Oct 2019
I currently have been on Effexor for three months. The dosage I am on is 37.5 milligrams. My sex drive has increased. Also, I handle stress better and concentrate more. I was on lexapro. After not even a month it stopped working. Has anyone else have this experience with Effexor?
1 Oct 2019
@Elsamito and Jamylah. Me too! I take 225mg/day because I'm treatment resistant and have to take the maximum dosage of my medications. I love this side effect... before I started venlafaxine I was severely depressed with an associated anxiety disorder... I couldn't be bothered with sex. Regards,
22 May 2020
Yes, it did increase my interest in sex dramaticaly. I am 78 year old male and was taking 37.5mg. I felt like I was 30 but it became too much and interfered with my daily life. I gradually tapered off without many withdrawal symptoms. I have not lost my sex drive but it's normal now. Wish my wife was still alive.
14 Dec 2020
I am a male 55 years old. I started on Effexor xr 37.5mg for depression about a month ago and noticed a slight decrease in sex drive and it was extremely hard to orgasm. In two more weeks the Doc upped my dose to 75mg and gradually over the next few days my sex drive increased. Now after 3 weeks on the 75mg my sex drive has surpassed my normal non-drugged sex drive. Orgasms still take a very long time to achieve, but the intensity has increased significantly. There are other side effects, but none outweigh the benefit for me as the Effexor has my mind and mood in a good place again.