What is Priligy?
Priligy is the first oral treatment for premature ejaculation for men between the ages of 18-64 who cannot naturally control their ejaculation and cannot last longer than 2 minutes during sex. It contains the active ingredient dapoxetine hydrochloride, a drug belonging to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) group of drugs. SSRI’s are also used in the treatment of depression but act slower than Priligy, which is designed to give your body a burst of serotonin and then leave.
How does it work?
Priligy delays the ejaculation reflex signal to your brain via the sympathetic nervous system, influencing the amount of the neurotransmitter serotonin that reaches the brain. It controls the serotonin breakdown in the body and the levels remain higher than normal to prevent early ejaculation.
How should I take Priligy?
The medication comes in doses of 30mg and 60mg tablets, although the lower dose is recommended for starting. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water to reduce the chances of fainting about 1-3 hours before sex and lasts about an one or two after sex.
Not made to be taken everyday, but rather on an “on-demand” basis. It can be taken with or without food but do not take more than one tablet in 24 hours.
Priligy starts to work about an hour after taking a tablet and can last up to four hours.
Can I take Priligy with Viagra?
No. Both Priligy and medications for Erectile Dysfunction lead to low blood pressure so when taken together, they can cause fainting, dizziness, and collapses. Also, do not take Priligy with alcohol as it may slow your reactions, cause you to faint and be dizzy.
Are there any alternatives to Priligy?
The medication is not a cure for premature ejaculation but you can try psychological counselling, medical treatment, or EMLA local anaesthetic cream to temporarily numb sensation in the penis. Thicker condoms can also help desensitise your penis if the premature ejaculation is caused by its oversensitivity to stimulation.
You should take Priligy for at least 4 weeks (or at least 6 doses) to determine if Priligy is effective for you. This is because some men experience improvements on the first dose, while others may need to use Priligy a few times before they notice any changes.
What are the side effects of Priligy?
Priligy can cause a drop in blood pressure that may result in fainting or a loss of consciousness. You can help to minimise this by making sure you drink enough water. Other side effects include feeling dizzy, headache and nausea.
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.
- The patient information leaflet can be found here.