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#21 purpley

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 09:00 PM

Adderall XR alone did this? I associate loss of libido with antidepressants, so that's really interesting (but also really sucks, of course) if it's happening with Adderall XR alone. It this while it's in effect, or when it wears off at night...?

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 09:05 AM

If you are not on an antidepressant and you are experiencing low sex drive, I would consider depression.

All people living with chronic illnesses are at a high risk of depression. I experienced this and it cought me off guard. Depression is not just sadness or negative thinking that can be cured by a good pep talk and some ice cream. It really is a very physical experience.

It is worth considering. Is there anything else you dont enjoy as much lately. Are there things you enjoy that you just dont do anymore?

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:35 AM

I have the complete opposite problem, I'm a 22 year old female I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago, take adderall xr, and have zero sex drive. I have a boyfriend of four years and while he is very supportive I find myself feeling bad in the back of my mind because I know I used to enjoy sex and at 22 should have a sex drive. I have tried several medications and adderall is the only one that has worked positively for me minus this one issue. My question is if anyone has experienced this and found a way to turn it around?

 

 

I found this in the Adderall XR drug facts sheet :

 

 

Adverse Reactions Reported by 5% or More of Adults Receiving ADDERALL XR with Higher Incidence Than on Placebo in a 255 Patient Clinical Forced Weekly-Dose Titration Study:

 

Note: The following reactions did not meet the criterion for inclusion in Table 3 but were reported by 2% to 4% of adult patients receiving ADDERALL XR with a higher incidence than patients receiving placebo in this study: infection, photosensitivity reaction, constipation, tooth disorder (e.g., teeth clenching, tooth infection), emotional lability, libido decreased, somnolence, speech disorder (e.g., stuttering, excessive speech), palpitation, twitching, dyspnea, sweating, dysmenorrhea, and impotence.

 

 

 

Also:

 

6.2 Adverse Reactions Associated with the Use of Amphetamine, ADDERALL XR, or ADDERALL:

  

Endocrine: Impotence, changes in libido, frequent or prolonged erections.

 

 

 

So, it does appear to be a side effect. Just not a particularly common one.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 02:01 PM

Oh yeah, anything's possible with meds. Just curious.

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 06:09 PM

Sex drive, what's that?  I think I remember having one of those, once upon a time.  My poor boyfriend, he's 8 years younger than I am and I'm sure he's sexually frustrated but he's a very patient man (thank goodness!) I blame my lack of drive on extreme, prolonged sleep deprivation.  Here's hoping that treating the root issue will give me back my sex drive because I really want to want it again.  Being 42 years old and possibly perimenopausal probably doesn't help matters  :blink:



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Posted 29 May 2015 - 12:58 PM

I'm apologize if this is considered as an "old thread" but I'm going to reply anyway.

 

Jessicasa, please read this as it may be cruicial for you:

 

I have been having this issue my whole life and I cannot stand when people say "you're crazy, you're lucky to have a high sex drive" I explode of anger when I hear that, cause anyone who had this animal like super sex drive would never ever say something as stupid and shallow.

 

Back to the point - I've always felt that I might have some form of narcolepsy although I never did a sleep study yet (because of many obstacles), then finally I was diagnosed "Bipolar Not Otherwise Specified" around March of this year.
After some SSRIs, some Anticonvulsants, and other stuff unsuccessfully treating my hypersexuality, I've finally took bipolar meds (Aripiprazole AKA Abilify) and my sex drive FINALLY for the first time in such a long time have became low and fully controlable.

Now what with the narcolepsy part? Well from my looong experience of researching psychiatry I have come to realize that Narcolepsy and Bipolar are not that far apart at all (in my opinion I'd go as far as saying that Bipolar is a subtype of Narcolpsy or the other way around). Both have sleep related problems, circadian rhytm seems to be a key factor, all these symptoms - daytime sleepiness, finally feeling a bit better late at night, depression, anxiety, depersonalization, derealization....it all screams out "some kind of circadian rhythm problem".

Did Abilify help my daytime sleepiness, nope! But Concerta (used for ADHD) did. So now, the question remains do I have Bipolar with Narcolpsy, or my theory of narcolepsy and bipolar is correct.

In other words I need to do a sleep study ASAP, and you need to do a psychiatrist evaluation, but, of course, only in case your sex drive really causes you huge problems like mine did, i.e. if it's really becoming uncontrollable.



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Posted 21 June 2015 - 11:59 AM

Honestly I think I have a higher sex drive than most and I think N is behind it.  The sleepier I am, the higher my sex drive is, and the less I feel I have control over it.  When I was first prescribed Adderall my sex drive plummeted, which was kinda nice because I finally felt "in control."  Prior to being medicated I really felt like I had no will power over anything.  I think the increase in sex drive in response to sleepiness may just be an unconscious mechanism to keep myself awake.



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Posted 25 June 2015 - 10:41 AM

I definitely cannot relate to the high sex drive issue but I have found that my sex drive has improved dramatically since I have been diagnosed and treating my narcolepsy. Totally makes sense that someone who gets ZERO delta wave sleep and has EDS wouldn't much feel like having sex.  Perhaps the trazodone is helping me reach N3 more than I realize.