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Does Priligy work?

2nd March 2020

Priligy is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) medication that is used in the treatment of premature ejaculation. So naturally, the first question on most mens’ lips is; does it work?

Does Priligy work?

Priligy works in around 80% of men (approximately 8 out of 10), effectively lengthening the time it takes them to ejaculate by double or even triple! However, it’s not a cure for premature ejaculation. Like erectile dysfunction medications (such as Viagra), it can only work as and when you take it.

How does Priligy work?

Priligy tablets contain dapoxetine, which works by increasing the activity of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that passes messages between nerve cells). As well as a number of other bodily functions, serotonin is responsible for ejaculation.

For men who are ejaculating too quickly, Priligy stops the reuptake of serotonin which can help to prolong and delay ejaculation.

It’s a fast-acting and designed to be taken on demand, approximately 3 hours before you’re going to have sex. Because dapoxetine has a short half life, it only stays active in the body for a short amount of time, thus reducing the risk of side effects that is present with other, longer-lasting SSRI medications (such as the ones used to treat depression).

How to use Priligy

As a prescription-only medication, you will first need to be prescribed Priligy before you can take it. At UK Meds, you don’t need an existing prescription to order Priligy, as one will be provided for you after a successful consultation.

Approximately 3 hours before sex, take one Priligy tablet by swallowing it whole with a glass of water. Unlike Viagra or Cialis, Priligy is not affected by whether or not it’s taken with food. However, you should avoid taking it with alcohol, as this may cause or worsen unwanted side effects such as dizziness and sleepiness.

Like with any medication, you should be aiming to find the lowest effective dose. Priligy is available as either a 30mg or 60mg tablet and everyone taking it for the first time should start on the 30mg dose.

Trial this for four weeks (or six doses) and if you’re finding it to be ineffective then you may be prescribed the higher strength. However, as mentioned above, Priligy does not work for a small percentage of people. So if after an appropriate trial period on the 60mg, it’s still not improving your condition then you should discontinue use and explore other premature ejaculation treatments.

There are plenty of other premature ejaculation treatments besides Priligy, with a lot of them focusing on reducing sensitivity in the penis. This could be done via an anaesthetic spray or cream (like Stud 100 or Emla cream) or by using thick condoms such as Durex Extra Safe.