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Adeel Arshad

Authored on 24 January 2024 by Adeel Arshad,

Reviewed 24 January 2024 by Dr Ruch Karunadasa.


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Priligy is a prescription treatment if you are male and experiencing premature ejaculation (PE), which can affect you at any age. It contains the active ingredient Dapoxetine, a type of medicine called an SSRI, originally developed to treat depression but then found to be effective for treating PE. Priligy increases the time it takes to ejaculate, can improve control over ejaculation and therefore reduces the frustration and anxiety you feel when experiencing PE. Unlike the SSRI medicines used to treat depression, it is short-acting and works more quickly, so you only take it when it is needed.

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Priligy is suitable for men between the ages of 18 to 64 who are experiencing PE. It is available in strengths of 30mg and 60mg tablets, you start on a 30mg dose, increasing to 60mg only if your doctor thinks that it is appropriate for you. PE can mean different things to different men, so our doctors would need to understand how this affects you before deciding if it is suitable for you.

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Priligy has been shown to improve sexual satisfaction in men who have PE, helping you to last up to 3 times longer1. Other non-medical self-help techniques in combination with treatment may give you the best results.

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How does Priligy work?

Priligy is a type of medicine known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It exerts its action by helping to maintain the body’s natural serotonin levels. Serotonin is a natural hormone in our bodies which is responsible for many activities, including helping to regulate our mood and wellbeing. The involvement of serotonin in sexual arousal and ejaculation is not clearly understood but is believed to have a role because of the effectiveness of treatment with SSRIs such as Priligy.

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Is Priligy suitable for me?

If you are a man between the ages of 18 and 64, have had repeated experiences of ejaculating within 2 minutes of penetration over the last 6 months, and this is causing you distress personally or within your relationship, then Priligy may be suitable for you. Our doctors will help you to understand if what you are experiencing is PE and whether treatment with Priligy is appropriate for you.

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How do I take Priligy?

Priligy should be taken between 1 to 3 hours before you are expecting sexual activity. The tablet should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water, with or without food. Do not drink alcohol whilst taking Priligy tablets.You should never take more than one dose of the tablet each day, or within a 24-hour period.

What do we need to know?

You must answer the consultation questions honestly and fully so our doctors can ensure that treatment is appropriate for you and we can give you the best advice.

Priligy is not suitable if you have certain health conditions including, heart conditions, unstable epilepsy or a history of fainting or severe depression. It also cannot be taken alongside some prescription and non-prescription medicines. Our doctors can advise you fully if treatment is suitable for you.

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What are the possible side effects of taking Priligy?

Like all medicines, Priligy can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Stop taking Priligy and contact our doctors straight away if:

  • You have fits (seizures)
  • You faint or feel light-headed when you stand up
  • You notice any changes in your mood
  • You have any thoughts of suicide or harming yourself.

If you notice any of the above, stop taking Priligy and contact our doctors straight away, or seek medical attention if symptoms are severe.

Fainting and low blood pressure

This medicine can make you faint or make your blood pressure drop when you stand up. To help lower the chance of this happening:

  • Take this medicine with at least one full glass of water
  • Do not take this medicine if you are dehydrated (you do not have enough water in your body). This can happen if:
    – You have not had anything to drink in the past 4 to 6 hours
    – You have been sweating for a long time
    – You have an illness where you have a high temperature, diarrhoea or being sick
  • If you feel like you might faint (such as feeling sick, feeling dizzy, light-headed, confused, sweaty or an abnormal heartbeat), or feel light-headed when you stand up, then you should immediately lie down so your head is lower than the rest of your body or sit down with your head between your knees until you feel better. This will stop you from falling and hurting yourself if you do faint
  • Do not stand up quickly after you have been sitting or lying down for a long time
  • Do not drive or use any tools or machines if you feel faint when taking this medicine
  • Tell our doctors if you faint when taking this medicine.

Very common side effects: may affect more than 1 in 10 men

  • Feeling dizzy
  • Headache
  • Feeling sick

Common side effects: may affect up to 1 in 10 men

  • Feeling irritable, anxious, agitated or restless
  • Feeling numb or having ‘pins and needles’
  • Difficulty getting or keeping an erection
  • Sweating more than normal or flushing
  • Diarrhoea, constipation or having wind
  • Stomach pain, bloating or being sick
  • Problems sleeping or strange dreams
  • Feeling tired or sleepy, yawning
  • Blocked nose (nasal congestion)
  • A rise in blood pressure
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Lower interest in sex
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Indigestion
  • Dry mouth

Uncommon side effects: may affect up to 1 in 100 men

  • Fainting or feeling dizzy upon standing (see advice above)
  • Change in mood, feeling overly excited or feelings of paranoia
  • Feeling confused, disoriented or unable to think clearly
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat or increase in heart rate
  • Loss of sex drive, problems reaching orgasm
  • Feeling weak, sedated, lethargic or fatigued
  • Feeling depressed, nervous or indifferent
  • Feeling hot, jittery, abnormal or drunk
  • Vision problems, eye pain or dilated pupill
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Feeling itchy or cold sweat
  • Spinning sensation
  • Abnormal taste
  • Teeth grinding

Rare side effects: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 men

  • Feeling dizzy following exertion
  • Sudden onset of sleep
  • Urgency of bowel action

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, contact our doctors, this includes any possible side effects that are not listed here.

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