PSSD from Escitalopram

Where are you from (country)?

  • Germany
    How did you find this forum (Google search – if so, what search terms? Via link from a forum or website – if so, what page? Other?)
  • PSSD Discord-Server
    What is your current age, height, weight?
  • 31, 70, 177 cm
    What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
  • Escitalopram
    What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
  • 10 mg per day
    What condition was being treated with the drug?
  • Depression
    For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
  • Over one year and a half
    How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
  • 26 - started 2014
    How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
  • 27 - quitet 2016
    How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
  • cold turkey
    How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
  • No side effects while using the drug
    What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
  • for over 6 years: Erectile Dysfunction (ED), Zero libido, genital numbness and shrinkage

Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Erectile Dysfunction
Complete Impotence
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Watery Ejaculate
Reduced Ejaculate
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility

Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Severe Depression / Melancholy
Suicidal Thoughts

Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Pain
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Weight Gain
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Muscle Wastage
Muscle Weakness
Joint Pain
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes

Prostate pain
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Hearing loss
Increased hair loss
Frequent urination
Lowered body temperature

Other (please explain)

What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?

If you have pre or post-drug blood tests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (please post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)?


Thank you for signing up and telling your story @Shanks , I’m sorry to hear of another person so damaged by these substances. From here, I’d advise you to have a read of the following thread and follow some of the actions outlined therein

Whilst there’s currently not much that anyone can tell you which will definitely help your symptoms, taking our Post-Drug Syndrome Survey is something you can do which will really help advance our cause. Your participation will contribute to an ever growing data set which is finally painting the full picture of what is happening to patients at the clinical level.