Premature Ejaculation – Medications and Treatment

February 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Premature Ejaculation

One of the common sexual problems is premature ejaculation. This affects a lot of adult males in terms of sexual activity and performance. But unlike any other sexual problems, this disorder doesn’t have a specific treatment.

Natural methods in preventing premature ejaculation may have gained some success but this is not true for some people. However, there are still some medications that physicians prescribe in order to deal with premature ejaculation. We shall take a short glimpse on some of the medications used in dealing with the said disorder.

FDA has no approved medication designed to treat premature ejaculation. But in recent studies, it has been noted that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and certain drugs which has SSRI-like side effects are known to be effective in treating this sexual condition.

Neurotransmitter serotonin (5HT) has an important role in ejaculation. It is believed that having a lesser level of serotonin in the synaptic cleft could cause premature ejaculation. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have an effect of increasing the extra cellular level of the neurotransmitter serotonin. SSRI is a known anti-depressant drug used to treat anxiety disorders and depression. SSRIs have been very successful in primarily delaying quick response in men who experience premature ejaculation. This has been the common side effect of SSRI – it tremendously delays the sexual climax for both male and female.

Though this is primarily used to treat male sexual problems, females can also use this one but must be cautioned that this manifests an adverse effect on females. Usually, females have longer time in reaching orgasm; with this, it would even push that leading to sexual frustration. Some of the more common SSRIs used by men to deal with premature ejaculation include paroxetine (Paxil), fluoxetine (Prozac) and Sertraline (Zoloft).

Another popular choice amongst the populace to stop premature ejaculation is through using desensitizing creams. These creams act as a local anesthetic agent, affecting the overall sensitivity and excitability of the male genitalia. It is so easy to use – just apply a certain amount of topical agent on the penis and you’re done. With such, longer sexual act is expected and premature ejaculation is prevalently avoided. Aside from such, this has minimal amount of risks involved; just perfect on dealing with the said disorder. Other alternative in this is through using thick condoms, which also has a desensitizing effect on males.

Some premature ejaculation problems are mostly in relation with erectile dysfunction problems or male impotence. However, this disorder usually subsides once the erectile dysfunction problem has been treated. Drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction problems would include vardenafil (Levitra), alprostadil (Caverject, Muse), tadalafil ( Cialis), and the more common sildenafil (Viagra). If erectile dysfunction is caused by depression, SSRI maybe used to treat the problem.

Ultimately, there are a number of drugs used to control premature ejaculation. And although there is no FDA approved specifically for this disorder, the said drugs above still prove to be worthy in dealing with the problem. But overall, it is still important to consult with your physician before trying any medication in dealing with this concern.