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Paroxetine for premature ejaculation is an effective treatment, although it isn’t the primary function of the drug. Studies have shown that taking the drug as needed before sexual intercourse increases the time taken for the patient to ejaculate. The drug taken as needed has been demonstrated to have a better effect on premature ejaculation than a similarly administered placebo or even paroxetine taken daily. This all suggests that paroxetine for premature ejaculation is a beneficial treatment.
Premature ejaculation occurs when a man ejaculates before he or his partner wants it to occur. The condition therefore is quite difficult to define, because if a man takes five minutes to ejaculate, it could be considered premature if he is with a partner who takes 10 minutes to climax, but not if his partner takes only two minutes. Essentially, it is a condition born out of the couple’s perception of the issue rather than an objective measurement of the ordinary amount of time taken to ejaculate. It is the most common sexual problem in men who are less than 40 years old, and it can be either primary or secondary. Primary premature ejaculation occurs from the onset of sexual maturity, and secondary premature ejaculation develops over time.
Using paroxetine for premature ejaculation is not the designed purpose of the drug. Paroxetine falls into a class of anti-depressant drugs referred to as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is one of many neurotransmitters that are released by and attach to the nerves in the brain. Doctors believe that an imbalance among these neurotransmitters is the cause of depression. The drug is designed to prevent serotonin from being taken up again by the nerve that produced it, thereby allowing it to stimulate another nerve in the brain.
Studies have shown that the use of paroxetine for premature ejaculation is beneficial, regardless of its intended usage. Researchers have looked at the effects of taking the drug daily or as needed for the treatment of premature ejaculation, and comparison with a placebo has been used to show that the placebo effect was not responsible for the improvement. Paroxetine taken either daily or four hours before intercourse has a beneficial effect on the patient’s premature ejaculation and performs better than a placebo. Results have shown that paroxetine for premature ejaculation is more effective when taken four before intercourse than when taken daily.