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Author Topic: Low libido on Odefsey?  (Read 950 times)

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Offline jmupatrick

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Low libido on Odefsey?
« on: January 26, 2020, 10:53:26 am »
I made the switch to Odefsey from Triumeq this past fall. First of all, let me say that I had no idea how much Triumeq, while working, was keeping my mental state in a dark place. I was severely depressed, even suicidal, which I attributed to my diagnosis in the fall of 2017. Having switched meds, my mental state has changed COMPLETELY! While I still have good days and bad days, I no longer have those deep, dark, dragging thoughts. I entirely attribute those to Triumeq.

Now on Odefsey for about 3 months, Iíve noticed a severe decline in libido, despite a more positive outlook on life. Not to be graphic, but even masturbation is kind of mehhh. I also take Atorvastatin for cholesterol and Metoprolol for blood pressure, and those can have a libido side effect, but Iíve been taking both for a couple years now and havenít seen such a decline in libido. Does anyone know, can Odefsey be the cause? It would bum me about because this med is working so well for me both physically and mentally. Is there any med or even herbal remedy out there that is a libido booster (talking desire, not erectile dysfunction)?
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Re: Low libido on Odefsey?
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2020, 11:05:43 am »
I didn't think the other drugs were so heavy in side effects. The only thing I got the first 2 weeks was flatulence ,then nothing. Maybe side effects differ from person to person.
Maybe the low libido might be attributed to stress. Have you tried doing activities that increase your mood (exercise,a hobby etc.),it could improve your mood and in turn your sex drive.
I had a sort of low sex drive in the beginning,probably from stress,but now I seem ok.
I should also note that I'm really glad you are feeling at least better when it comes to mood. Hope everything goes well for you.

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Re: Low libido on Odefsey?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2020, 11:48:35 am »
Could be many things and perhaps it would be wise to talk to your doctor first, check your testosterone levels might be an idea.

P.S Older posting but still hold relatively true as far as I know.

Male hypogonadism can contribute to weight loss, fatigue, bone mineral decreases, mood changes and dwindling libido. The condition is common among men living with HIV, including those taking antiretrovirals. According to Monroe, prevalence rates vary considerably, from as low as 20 percent in some studies to as high as 70 percent in others.


Hypogonadism in adult males is characterized by low serum (blood) testosterone levels, as well as one or several of the following symptoms:

Muscle wasting
Reduced energy and stamina
Depression, irritability, difficulty concentrating
Enlargement of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
Decreased facial and body hair
Increase in abdominal fat
Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)
Testicular shrinkage
Sexual dysfunction (e.g. erectile dysfunction, reduced ejaculate, low libido, difficulty attaining orgasm)
« Last Edit: January 26, 2020, 11:54:33 am by Jim Allen »
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