Dapoxetine is a drug to overcome premature ejaculation. This drug is prescribed to patients who repeatedly experience premature ejaculation, have difficulty controlling ejaculation, and experience significant psychological effects as a result.

Dapoxetine is included in the short-acting selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants. This drug works by prolonging the time needed for ejaculation. In addition, dapoxetine also helps the patient to control so that ejaculation can occur as desired.

Dopaxetine brand name: Priligy

What Is Dapoxetine

Group Prescription drugs
Category Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor ( SSRI ) antidepressants
Benefits Overcome premature ejaculation
Consumed by Adult men aged 18–64 years
Dapoxetine for pregnant and lactating women Category N: Not yet categorized.

Dapoxetine is not intended for women or children.

Drug form Tablets

Warnings Before Taking Dapoxetine

Dapoxetine should not be used indiscriminately. Consider the following before taking dapoxetine:

  • Do not consume dapoxetine if you have an allergy to this drug.
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever or are suffering from orthostatic hypotension , bleeding or blood clotting disorders, epilepsy or seizures, glaucoma , kidney disease, liver disease, or lactose intolerance .
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had or are currently suffering from coronary heart disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders, heart valve disease, angina, or have a history of heart attack.
  • Tell your doctor if you are experiencing conditions that increase the risk of dehydration , such as vomiting and diarrhea, both before and while taking dapoxetine.
  • Tell your doctor if you often faint or have conditions that are at risk of causing fainting.
  • Tell your doctor if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction and undergoing treatment with phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitor drugs, such as sildenafil .
  • Tell your doctor if you suffer from mental disorders, including depression, or take antidepressants .
  • Do not give dapoxetine to children under 18 years of age.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages during treatment with dapoxetine.
  • Do not immediately drive a vehicle or do activities that require alertness after consuming dapoxetine, because this drug can cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision.
  • Tell your doctor if you are using other drugs, including supplements and herbal products, to anticipate the occurrence of drug interactions.
  • See a doctor immediately if an allergic drug reaction or more serious side effect occurs after consuming dapoxetine.

Dosage and Administration of Dapoxetine

The general dose of dapoxetine to treat premature ejaculation in adult patients is 30 mg, which is consumed 1–3 hours before sexual intercourse.

If the initial dose is not effective enough, the doctor will increase the dose of dapoxetine to 60 mg (maximum dose). However, increasing this dose can only be done if the patient does not experience side effects.

How to Consume Dapoxetine Correctly

Follow your doctor 's advice and read the instructions on the packaging before consuming dapoxetine. Do not increase or decrease the dose without consulting a doctor.

Dapoxetine can be consumed before or after meals. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Dapoxetine can only be used once a day in a 24-hour period and should not be consumed every day.

Treatment with dapoxetine is carried out for 4 weeks or as many as 6 doses of the drug. After that, the doctor will check the patient's condition to determine if the treatment is continued or not.

If the treatment continues, you will be asked to do a routine control every 6 months or according to the schedule given by the doctor. This aims to see the condition and response of the patient's body to the drug.

Do not stop treatment suddenly without consulting a doctor. This can cause withdrawal symptoms, such as deep sadness and anxiety, emotional instability, irritability, dizziness, tingling, confusion, headache, lethargy, insomnia, or hypomania.

Store dapoxetine at room temperature and out of direct sunlight, and out of the reach of children.

Dapoxetine Interactions with Other Drugs

The following are a number of interactions that can occur if dapoxatine is used with other drugs:

  • Increased risk of dapoxetine side effects if used with ritonavir, verapamil , clarithromycin, or antifungal drugs , such as ketoconazole or fluconazole
  • Increased risk of serotonin syndrome if used with antidepressants ( MAOIs , SNRIs, tricyclic antidepressants , and other SSRIs), tryptophan, tramadol , lithium, or triptan drugs
  • Increased risk of bleeding if used with warfarin , nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs ), antiplatelets, or atypical antipsychotics
  • Increased risk of orthostatic hypotension if used with alpha blockers , nitrate drugs , or phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors

Side Effects and Dangers of Dapoxetine

Dapoxetine can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure when standing. If you feel faint, turn around until you feel faint, immediately lie down with your feet higher than your head or sit with your head between your knees, until the symptoms disappear.

To prevent the above effects from occurring while taking dapoxetine, it is recommended to stand up slowly after sitting or lying down for a long time.

In addition, there are several other side effects that can occur after consuming dapoxetine, namely:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea or even constipation
  • Stomachache
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsy
  • Blurred vision
  • Nasal congestion
  • Ears ringing
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Difficulty sleeping ( insomnia )
  • Hard to concentrate
  • Restless
  • Flushing or feeling warm in the face, neck, or chest

Check yourself with a doctor if the complaints above do not subside or even get worse. See a doctor immediately if you experience a drug allergic reaction or more serious side effects below:

  • Sudden and drastic mood swings
  • Heart rate feels fast, sweat comes out a lot, and muscles are stiff
  • Convulsions
  • Coughing up blood or bleeding in the gums
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