Can Adderall Help with Premature Ejaculation

Adderall is well-known to be a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), improving one’s focus and concentration while reducing hyperactivity and impulsivity. Could this help with Premature Ejaculation (PE)? This article will explore the relationship between Adderall and PE, the side-effects of Adderall, and outline the treatment options you have if you are experiencing PE.

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If you have ADHD and you are prescribed Adderall, then the medication may also be able to help you sexually. If you do have Premature Ejaculation (PE), it’s important to visit a doctor to receive a diagnosis and learn what may be causing early ejaculation for you. PE has many potential causes and research shows that ADHD could result in PE occurring. In such cases, Adderall may help resolve the issue. 


What Is Premature Ejaculation

Premature Ejaculation (PE) is one of the most common forms of male sexual dysfunction, with research suggesting that 30% to 40% of men experience PE at some point in their life. 


It is a condition where a man ejaculates sooner than desired before or shortly after commencing sexual activity or sexual penetration. 


Ejaculation refers to the ejection of semen from the body. This is controlled by the central nervous system, where sexual stimulation sends signals to the spinal cord and brain. When a certain level of excitement is reached, signals are sent from the brain to the reproductive organs, causing ejaculation.  


There are two possible forms of PE: 


1. Lifelong - Occurs All Or Nearly All Of The Time Beginning From The First Sexual Encounter


Lifelong PE is often the result of psychological factors, such as having a distressing sexual experience. 


2. Acquired - Develops After Previous Sexual Encounters With Ejaculatory Issues


Acquired PE can be a result of both psychological and physical factors, which include alcohol consumption and prostatitis. 


What Causes Premature Ejaculation?  


PE may occur due to both psychological and physical factors. At the same time, conditions such as Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can increase the risk of PE occurring. Fear of losing an erection after facing issues maintaining an erection may cause a person to hurry through sex, resulting in early ejaculation. 


Psychological causes of PE include: 


  • Depression or anxiety
  • Expecting failure
  • Traumatic sexual experiences from an earlier age
  • Stress
  • Issues within the relationship

Physical causes of PE include: 

  • Abnormal hormone levels
  • Abnormal levels of neurotransmitters (chemicals in the brain)
  • Inflammation and infection of the prostate or urethra
  • Inherited traits

PE may not be a cause of concern if it happens infrequently. However, you might be diagnosed with the condition if you always or often ejaculate within one minute of penetration and/or you often feel distressed and frustrated as it’s affecting your sex life and relationships. 


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What Is Adderall

Adderall is a combination medication consisting of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. These are two central nervous system stimulants that reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the brain. 


Adderall is used as a first-choice treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but is also used to treat narcolepsy, which is a sleeping disorder. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Adderall in 1996, and it is a prescription medicine that has been established as a safe and effective treatment for ADHD. 


Adderall is proven to improve hyperactivity, impulse behaviour and attention span for those with ADHD. Overall, it can help increase focus and concentration as well as control certain behaviour problems. 


ADHD And Premature Ejaculation

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder impacting one’s psychological, social, and behavioural functioning. Those with ADHD often have characteristics such as impulsivity, inattention, lack of self-control, emotional lability and hyperactivity. Given these characteristics, patients with ADHD can face issues in their professional life, general health, and even their sex life. 


Studies also show that sexual dysfunctions are common amongst psychiatric patients. Sexual dysfunctions can include delayed ejaculation, erectile disorder, PE, and more. 


According to a literary review on sexuality among ADHD patients, a few studies showed that patients with ADHD have a high prevalence of PE, noting that a possible connection between the two could be a lack of impulse control leading to a lack of ejaculatory control. However, further studies are needed to confirm these results. 


If you have ADHD and are experiencing PE, then taking Adderall may also help with PE treatment if your ADHD is causing you to ejaculate early.


Adderall And Premature Ejaculation

There has been little research on the relationship between Adderall and Premature Ejaculation. In general however, the use of amphetamine (one of the two stimulants found in Adderall) is often associated with increased libido and delayed ejaculation for a number of users of the stimulant. 


Clinical research on amphetamine use showed that low doses of oral amphetamine are associated with enhanced libido, euphoria, sustained erections and delayed ejaculation. At moderate doses, however, both men and women do experience increasing sexual dysfunction. 


Similarly, a 2015 study on the impact of illicit use of amphetamine among 1,159 users found that prolonged ejaculation latency time was often reported amongst study participants. However, there were also some reports of shortened ejaculation latency times. 


While some drug users reported positive sexual effects such as enhanced orgasmic intensity, others also said that they experienced negative effects like erectile rigidity and reduced sexual life satisfaction. Overall, the study found that illicit use of amphetamine had disparate effects on users’ sexual functions, with some users reporting positive effects and others highlighting negative impacts on their sexual desire, erectile function, orgasmic intensity, ejaculation latency time, and sexual life satisfaction. 


Generally, less frequent use of amphetamine is more often associated with sexual enhancement compared compared to habitual use. The effects of amphetamine on sex can also vary based on dosage levels, method of administration, drug tolerance, and other personal conditions. 


While research about the effects of Adderall on PE is extremely limited today, some studies have shown that amphetamine, a key ingredient in Adderall, can potentially result in positive effects such as delayed ejaculation and more intense orgasms. At the same time, amphetamine could also have an opposite result, including reduced sexual desire and poor erectile function - this depends on many factors, such as the amount and frequency of dosage taken. 


The Side Effects Of Adderall


If you’re currently taking or planning to take Adderall, it’s important that you are aware of its side effects. Generally, Adderall is safe to take as long as you follow your doctor’s instructions. 


Side effects of Adderall can include loss of appetite, weight loss, dry mouth, stomach aches, nausea, dizziness, headache, fever, nervousness, and trouble sleeping. Overall, Adderall may also cause changes to your sex drive or sexual performance, although this will vary by person. 


The more serious side effects of Adderall include numbness or pain in the limbs, uncontrollable shaking, tics, or seizures, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, mood swings, and anxiety. 


If you do experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately. 


How Can I Treat Premature Ejaculation?

If you are experiencing premature ejaculation (PE), you should speak to a licensed doctor to evaluate the issue and receive professional advice. A doctor can help you determine the cause of your condition and work out a PE treatment that best suits you. 


Fortunately, PE is a treatable condition and can be improved through medication, behavioural therapy, or a combination of the two. In general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet through weight loss or smoking cessation have also been proven to help improve PE. 


PE medication such as Priligy can be used to treat PE by boosting serotonin levels in the body, leading to a delayed reaction in parts of the brain that control ejaculation and prolongs the time taken to orgasm. It is a prescription-only pill, and is the only medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for PE. 


Another effective option could be to use a delay spray. The delay spray is a product that helps men last longer during sex by reducing sensitivity in a man’s penile to delay ejaculation. Delay sprays are a controlled medication in Singapore and are not available over-the-counter, so you will require a doctor’s prescription to get them. If you’re having trouble lasting in bed, Noah’s Prolong Spray may work for you. The lidocaine-based spray is easy to use and is proven to be effective - at Noah, you can get it delivered to your home discreetly at zero cost with a doctor’s consultation


Your doctor may also recommend that you go for sex therapy. Therapy can help you identify psychological causes of your sexual issues. For instance, anxiety can be a cause of PE. Therapy can treat your condition or issue by allowing you to talk about your experiences and worries, and from there your therapist will help you manage and overcome your concerns with personalised solutions. 


Therapy can also be a great additional treatment if you find that ADHD is the cause of your PE, since it’s a safe way to try and overcome your mental barriers and learn specific behavioural techniques to help delay ejaculation.


There are numerous possible methods available to treat PE, but it is advised that you speak to a licensed professional or doctor in order to figure out the best possible treatment for you.


The Takeaway


While there is no research to show that Adderall does specifically help with PE, amphetamine, which is one of the key stimulants in the medication, has been observed to potentially lead to some positive effects on sexual function such as delayed ejaculation. At the same time, studies also show that some users experience negative sexual side-effects including lowered sexual satisfaction and ED. 


These side-effects differ based on dosage levels, method of administration, drug tolerance, and each person’s personal condition. 


Overall, Adderall should not be taken to specifically treat PE. If you have ADHD and are experiencing PE, then taking Adderall might help if your ADHD is the cause or one of the causes of your PE. 


Clinically proven treatments such as PE medication and therapy can be much more effective solutions to improve your sex life.


Noah provides a platform for you to easily consult a doctor who will then recommend the best treatment for you. If you are prescribed PE medication, you’ll receive it within 4 hours at $0 delivery. 


With Noah, you’ll also be able to consult an accredited sex therapist with flexible and hassle-free online sessions.


Since there are numerous possible causes of PE, do be sure to consult a doctor on the best treatment for your condition. 


With Noah, a digital health clinic for men in Singapore, you can speak to a doctor and get the PE treatment that you need from the comfort of home. Doctors on our platform are best equipped to help you determine the best course of action and can prescribe you with the right medication should you need it. 

Disclaimer


Articles featured on Noah are for informational purposes only and should not be constituted as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any medical questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare provider. If you're looking for a healthcare provider, click here.


References


Abel E.L., 1985. Amphetamines. In: Psychoactive Drugs and Sex, pp.55-65. (Link)


Chou N.H., Huang Y.J., Jiann B.P., 2015. The Impact of Illicit Use of Amphetamine on Male Sexual Functions. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12 (8), pp.1694-1702. (Link)


Soldati L., et.al, 2020. Sexual Function, Sexual Dysfunctions, and ADHD: A Systematic Literature Review. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 17(9), pp. 1653-1664. (Link)


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February 3, 2022

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