Dapoxetine is a medication that was created by Eli Lilly but was sold to Johnson & Johnson in the year 2003. The pill belongs to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) group of drugs and has a short span of action. This pill was approved by FDA in the year 2004 to treat premature ejaculation (PE) in men.
Premature ejaculation may happen due to various underlying reasons such as anxiety, shyness or a long gap from the previous sexual intercourse. It is a condition where a man expels semen soon after penile stimulation mostly before the beginning of sexual intercourse.
This medication is the first compound that was designed specifically to aid in the treatment of PE. Taking Dapoxetine pill leads to a delay in ejaculation which happens due to extended Intravaginal Ejaculatory Latency Time (IELT). It is marketed as priligy and westoxetin among the other brands.
Though Dapoxetine is designed to be used as an antidepressant it is primarily used in the treatment of PE because of its fast acting property. The medication is used majorly by men of age group 18 to 64 to prevent early ejaculation of semen.
Depression or anxiety can also be a cause for PE. Dapoxetine medication is commonly used to treat PE, as unlike other SSRI’s this medication is absorbed and also waived off fast from body.
Dapoxetine pill can be taken 3 hours before the commencement of sexual activity and it is recommended to be taken only once a day.The drug is available in 30mg and 60mg dosage strength and it is supposed to be taken only as needed.
Initially 30mg of Dapoxetine medication is prescribed which if found to be ineffective can be increased to 60mg. This medication should be taken daily as prescribed, in order to experience the complete efficacy.
The common side effects that occur while taking Dapoxetine pill are
Unlike other SSRI’s it has low risk of sexual dysfunction because of its fast acting nature. If it is taken as required it has very low effects on reducing the desire to engage in sex.
Since Dapoxetine drug is used to treat premature ejaculation in men it can be interact with PDE5 inhibitors as many men who have PE also suffer from erectile dysfunction.
The medicine is also found to interact with Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MOI) and some SSRI’s as they may develop serotonin syndrome.