Can I Drink Alcohol If I Take Priligy?

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Priligy, also known by its drug name of Dapoxetine belongs to a group of antidepressant drugs known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors(SSRI). Priligy is an antidepressant with a difference as it can delay premature ejaculation. However it won’t cure it permanently, so you will need to continue to take it as needed.

The good news is unlike antidepressants there is no need to take it every day or allow time for the drug to build up in your body. Its taken on an ad-hoc basis up to once daily as needed. Thank goodness for that do I hear you say? I mean who wants to wait for a month before doing the deed? That’s enough to drive you to depression!

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Speaking of driving, it’s a bit like taking your sports car out of the garage for a run. You put the best fuel and oil to maximise its performance, in the same way, you can take a Priligy pill allowing a couple of hours for it work and away you go waving goodbye to premature ejaculation.

What is Priligy?

Priligy is used to treat premature ejaculation in men aged between 18 to 64 years, sorry to more antique users! The drug, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor works by blocking the reuptake of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter in the brain and in doing so increases the level of serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for many functions in the body including transmission of nerve messages that cause ejaculation. Increased levels of serotonin extend the time it takes to ejaculate hence being useful in the treatment of premature ejaculation in men.

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How Can I Get Priligy?

An assessment by your doctor is necessary to establish the suitability of priligy before prescribing it to you. The tablet comes in two strengths 30mg or 60mg and one tablet is taken a couple of hours before sexual intercourse. It is recommended that the tablet is swallowed whole with plenty of water and can be taken with or without food. The dosage is no more than one tablet once daily only, usually at the recommended dose of 30mg. The dose can be adjusted by your doctor according to response.

Are There Any Side Effects of Priligy?

Sounds pretty straightforward so far, yes? But like all medicines, Priligy is no exception when it comes to side effects and warnings!
So before you relax on your laurels and think of taking priligy, do take heed of these side effect warnings.

Priligy can make you feel lightheaded dizzy and sleepy. This may affect your ability to drive a vehicle or operate machinery. This should not impact on your ability to perform sexual activity. Priligy can cause postural hypotension and can cause you to feel faint for example with sudden movement from a sitting to a standing position and vice versa. Taking care to prevent any abrupt movements in this way can help once you take Priligy. If you feel sweaty or sick then it would be advisable to lie down or sit with your head between the legs until such symptoms subside. Priligy may also cause headaches and stomach upsets including diarrhoea. It may also raise blood pressure and cause blurred vision, although these are more uncommon.
Hopefully, this will not put you off taking priligy which has great potential to transform your sex life making it less stressful and enjoyable for you and your dear partner.
So before you get the nerves and jitters about your impending sexual performance and reach out for the drink – STOP!
Tell yourself this: “Don’t drink and drive”…. which means in this case don’t drink with priligy. Try to think of yourself as a sports car about to be primed for performance with priligy. You’re about to make a sexual performance of a lifetime, a fulfilling experience with super thrills as you enjoy the ride with the knowledge that you will last longer than just one lap on the track.

Can You Drink Whilst Taking Priligy?

It is recommended that you do not drink alcohol when taking priligy, as it can increase the risks of side effects such as drowsiness or fainting. So unless you fancy the idea of fainting on the job or be likened to one or more of the seven dwarfs – Sleepy and Dopey, it’s advisable to stay away from alcohol until after sexual activity.
The good news is that priligy is a short acting drug so a well earned relaxing drink can be on the menu a few hours following sexual activity. Priligy has an elimination half life of between 1.5-1.6 hours and is excreted via the kidneys. Oh and before you light that cigar or cigarette please do be aware that excessive amounts of tobacco and indeed alcohol can in themselves cause erection problems and long term health problems.
The rapid action of priligy and excretion from the body makes Priligy a relatively safe drug to use as there is the least likelihood of experiencing any withdrawal symptoms.

So Will Priligy Work For Me?

So will Priligy work for me I hear you asking? Well according to the 2011 clinical trials using dapoxetine ( priligy) versus placebo showed good or very good control over ejaculation ( Mcmahon et al., 2011). The cardiovascular safety profile studies by Kowey et al.,2011 demonstrated that dapoxetine ( priligy) was generally safe and well tolerated. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE,2014) also makes reference to the results of the studies undertaken by McMahon et al.,2011., and makes a recommendation for pharmacotherapy as first-line therapy. Dapoxetine(priligy) is the only medicine which is licensed in the UK for the treatment of premature ejaculation. Priligy is further endorsed by the General Medical Council to doctors to choose a licensed medication wherever possible.

So overall a big thumbs up for priligy. A trip to the doctor is well worth it to ensure you get a full MOT and the all clear for receiving priligy on prescription. We also offer consultations providing you answer all the necessary questions during your consultation at Assured Pharmacy.
Only thing left to remember is to stay sober and avoid alcohol while taking priligy. Not much of a sacrifice in return of a fulfilling and normal sex life.


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