What is Priligy?
Priligy is a prescription medication available as either 30mg or 60mg tablets. It is the first UK licensed treatment for premature ejaculation and works by temporarily changing the chemical balance in the brain and delaying the ejaculation process. Priligy’s active ingredient dapoxetine takes effect within 1-2 hours and lasts for up to 24 hours.
What is the active ingredient of Priligy?
The active ingredient of Priligy is dapoxetine an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). Dapoxetine was originally used as an antidepressant and was found to delay the ejaculation process in patients. It is now prescribed as a treatment for premature ejaculation. A single dose of dapoxetine can last for up to 24 hours.
How does Priligy work?
If you take a Priligy tablet 1-2 hours before sex, you’ll be able to have sex for longer before you ejaculate. The effects of a single tablet will last for up to 24 hours, which means that you should be able to delay ejaculation successfully every time you have sex during this period.
Priligy uses an active ingredient called dapoxetine, which is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). Within 1-2 hours of taking a tablet, enough dapoxetine is absorbed into the bloodstream to increase serotonin levels in the brain. This enhances nerve signal transmission, allowing you greater control over the ejaculation reflex.
Who can take Priligy?
If you are an (otherwise healthy) adult male who suffers from premature ejaculation, our online GP may be able to prescribe you Priligy. To meet the medical diagnosis of premature ejaculation, you must experience the condition during at least 50% of sexual acts.
If you suffer from certain cardiovascular complaints, liver conditions, or mania or severe depression, you may not be able to take Priligy.
When you complete the short online medical questionnaire, our duty GP will immediately screen your answers to check whether Priligy is safe for you. If we cannot issue a prescription for Priligy, you may be offered a safer alternative like Emla Cream.
What doses of Priligy are available?
Priligy is an ‘on demand’ medication that is taken as needed (i.e. when you want to have sex). It is not however recommended to take Priligy on a daily basis, and long-term use may lead to unwelcome side effects.
Priligy is available with two dosages of the active ingredient dapoxetine:
Most patients are prescribed an initial dosage of 30mg. If this isn’t enough to delay ejaculation and allow a normal sex life, a new prescription for 60mg tablets may be tried.
How to take Priligy?
A single Priligy tablet should be swallowed whole with a glass of water (to avoid the bitter taste) between 1-2 hours before you plan to have sex. You should ensure that you are not dehydrated when you take a tablet. The effects of each tablet (either 30mg or 60mg) will last for approximately 24 hours. Do not take any additional tablets during this time period. It is not recommended to use Priligy on a daily basis.
Can I take Priligy and drink alcohol?
Our GPs generally do not recommend taking alcohol with any medication. If you take Priligy while under the influence of alcohol there is a risk of alcohol-related neurocognitive effects. You may also increase the risk of experiencing syncope (fainting or passing out) and suffer accidental injury as a consequence.
What are the side effects of Priligy?
Your Priligy tablets will come with a patient leaflet giving detailed information about the medication, its ingredients, possible side effects, and contraindications. Please read this leaflet carefully before you take any tablets. Keep the leaflet with the medication for future reference.
If you use Priligy tablets exactly as directed by our online GP you are unlikely to experience any significant unwelcome side effects. A small minority of patients may experience some minor side effects.
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 men):
- Feeling sick
Common side effects ( affecting less than 10% of users):
- Feeling irritable, anxious, agitated or restless
- Feeling numb or having pins and needles
- Difficulty getting or keeping an erection
- Sweating more than normal or flushing
- Diarrhoea, constipation, or flatulence
- Stomach pain, bloating, or nausea
- Problems sleeping or strange dreams
- Feeling tired or sleepy, yawning
- Blocked nose
- A rise in blood pressure
- Difficulty concentrating
- Shaking or trembling
- Lower interest in sex
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
Uncommon side effects (affecting up to 1% of users):
- Fainting or feeling dizzy upon standing
- Change in mood, feeling overly excited or feelings of paranoia
- Feeling confused, disoriented, or unable to think clearly
- Slow or irregular heartbeat or increase in heart rate
- Loss of sex drive, problems reaching orgasm
- Feeling weak, lethargic or fatigued
- Feeling depressed, nervous or indifferent
- Feeling hot, jittery, abnormal or drunk
- Vision problems, eye pain, or dilated pupils
- Low or high blood pressure
- Feeling itchy or cold sweats
- Spinning sensation
- Abnormal taste
- Teeth grinding
- Rare side effects (affecting up to 0.001% of users)
- Feeling dizzy following exertion
- Sudden onset of sleep
- Urgency of bowel action
Very rarely patients may experience an adverse reaction to Priligy. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should discontinue your treatment and seek immediate medical advice.
- You have fits (seizures)
- You faint or feel light headed when you stand up
- You notice any changes in your mood
- You have any thoughts of suicide or harming yourself.
If you experience serious discomfort we recommend that you go straight to your nearest casualty department. In an emergency dial 999.
When not to take Priligy?
If you are allergic to dapoxetine, you cannot take Priligy tablets. If you suffer from any of the following medical conditions you also should not take Priligy:
- Severe cardiovascular problems
- Conduction abnormalities such as AV block or sick sinus syndrome
- Significant ischemic heart disease
- Significant valvular disease
- A history of syncope
- A history of mania or severe depression
When you complete the short online medical questionnaire, our duty GP will review your health profile to ensure that you can take Priligy safely. It is important that you are open about any relevant medical conditions or prescription medicines that you are using.
If we cannot issue a prescription for Priligy, you may be offered a safer alternative such as Emla Cream.
Priligy is intended as a treatment for men who meet the criteria for a medical diagnosis of premature ejaculation. Do not take this medication on a recreational basis, or to try to enhance your sexual performance if you do not suffer from premature ejaculation.
Priligy should not be combined with alcohol or recreational drugs. Particularly ketamine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). These may lead to serious unwelcome side effects. Using Priligy in conjunction with drugs containing sedative properties such as narcotics and benzodiazepines is also dangerous.
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from the PDF-version from this website because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged or the medicine is from another brand.