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Can Paxil (paroxetine) be used to treat premature ejaculation?

Ian Kerner, PhD
Sexual Health

Paxil (paroxetine) can help to treat premature ejaculation (PE). Paxil is prescribed “off label” by physicians, which means that the medication is typically used to treat another condition. Below is a brief list of some things you may need to know about the drug:

• Type: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor

• Typical dose: 20 milligrams per day

• Side effects: nausea, headache, sleepiness, dry mouth, dizziness

• What to expect: may take 3 to 6 weeks to see benefits for PE; must be taken every day

Should be used with caution by men with liver or kidney disease, bipolar disorder, bleeding disorders, or glaucoma or who have recently had a heart attack

Notes: May interact with the anti-seizure drug phenobarbital, warfarin (Coumadin), alcohol, and some other antidepressants.

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