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Sex Drive Depressants

PATIENT INFORMATION ON SEX—DRIVE DEPRESSANTS

The name of your medication is_Anti androgen /progesterone : Cyproterone

Progesterone: medroxyprogesterone

Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone(LHRH) agonists

Use

These drugs are primarily used in the reduction of sexual arousal and libido.

How quickly will the drug start working?

These drugs interfere with the formation of the hormone testosterone in the body; their effect on sexual arousal and libido is noted over a period of several weeks.

Because these drugs take time to work do not decrease or increase the dose without discussing this with the doctor.

How does the doctor decide on the dosage?

These drugs are available in different forms, including tablets and long –acting injections. For oral tablets, the dose of the drug is increased gradually until a good response is noted . A testosterone test, or your own report of the effects, can determine the correct dosage. The dose of the injection may also be related to whether the drug will be given every month or every 3 months. 

How long should you take this medication?

Sex-drive depressants are usually prescribed for a period of several years.

Side effects

Side effects occur, to some degree, with all medication. They are usually not serious and do not occur in all individuals. They may sometimes occur before beneficial effects of the medication are noticed . If a side effect continues, speak to your doctor about appropriate treatment.

Common side effects that should be reported to your doctor at the next appointment include:

  • Sweating, hot flashes
  • Impotence
  • Muscle aches or spasms- can be managed by taking analgesics when required.
  • Breast swelling
  • Decrease in body hair
  • Lethargy, depressed mood
  • Nervousness, insomnia

Rare side effects you should report to your doctor IMMEDIATELY include:

  • Yellow tinge in the eyes or to the skin; dark-colored urine
  • Soreness of the mouth, gums, or throat
  • Skin rash or itching, swelling of the face
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, weakness, or flu-like symptoms
  • Changes in mental or motor ability
  • Swelling or pain in the legs

What should you do if you forget to take a dose of your medication?

If you take your total dose of the drug in the morning and you forget to take it for more than 6 hours, skip the missed dose and continue with your schedule the next day. DO NOT DOUBLE THE DOSE. If you miss your injection, contact your doctor and try to get an injection as soon as possible.

Interactions with other medication

Because these drugs can change the effect of other medication, or may be affected by other medication, always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking other drugs, including over-the-counter medication such as cold remedies. Always inform any doctor or dentist that you see that you are taking this medication.

Precautions

  1. Do not increase or decrease your dose without consulting your doctor.
  2. Report to your doctor any changes in sleeping or eating habits or changes in mood or behavior.
  3. Store your medication in a clean, dry area at room temperature. Keep all medication out of the reach of children.

If you have any questions regarding this medication, do not hesitate to contact your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse.