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Ex-drug user wants libido back. Please, help me.

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Created February 01, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Hi guys,

I'm 24 years old and have been experiencing sexual problems (ED, low libido) for a year or so now. I would like to hear from you people some recommendations to hack my libido and to get my potency back. I really need help, but I'm lost with the amount of loose information in the internet and with the disinterest of doctors in getting my problem solved.

I'm a ex-drug user (cocaine, marijuana, psychedelics, excessive caffeine), now fully recovered. Because of my drug use I had some serious depression/anxiety problems in the recent past, which I think is also related to my current sexual dysfunction. Since I experienced severe depression, I never recovered my previous sexual appetite - actually, nowadays I don't have an appetite at all. For me, it's also strange to notice the disappereance of casual erections when I wake up or need to pee.

I'm researching ways of getting well and started some things - a better nutrition, gym routine, meditation and yoga for stress/cortisol reduction.

What else would you people recommend (what kind of diet? is there any nutritional plan that would suit my problem?paleo diet would be a good one? what kind of exercise should I be doing? what kind of physician should be guiding me in my recovery?).

I really don't wanna depend on drugs like Viagra or Cialis because they don't solve the problem, just relieve the symptom. I'm looking to change my life completely and to do whatever it takes to be a healthy human being again, please help me with some guidelines. Thank you!

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15 · November 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Couldn't agree more!

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800 · June 08, 2013 at 10:32 PM

There are a number of reported cases where SSRI use (Rivotril is an SSRI) results in permanent libido suppression. Best of luck to you.

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4181 · February 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Don't listen to these people mostly, paleo is kind of based on flawed assumptions and is aimed at weight loss (just see how many questions are about this) Carbs are good, don't stress about food, don't go low carb, just cut out grains and vegetable oils, eat coconut oil and butter, fruit as well as vegetables, get enough protein (eggs, beef, chicken, sea food) go for a run now and then, lift weights, meditate etc - People see benefits from paleo because it is much better than the standard western diet but it's far from perfect and after a while it can really fuck you up

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35 · February 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I'm eating a paleo based diet for a week now. Don't you think it's a good option?

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35 · February 24, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Hi, I have taken Rivotril and Bupropion (Wellbutrin) for depression and anxiety, in different ocasions. And for three months or so have injected testosterone. Today, I only take a 5g melatonin supplement to sleep better

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35 · February 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Hi, I have used Rivotril and Bupropion (Wellbutrin) for depression and anxiety, in different ocasions. And for three months or so have injected testosterone. Today, I only take a 5g melatonin supplement to sleep better.

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35 · February 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Why are you suggesting that?

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800 · February 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

What sort of prescription drugs have you taken? Be aware that your prior course of testosterone (described below) may have shut down your endogenous (internal) production.

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800 · February 18, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Marte - unless they tested free testosterone you don't really know if you have a T issue or not. Most docs only test total testosterone, and most don't analyze the results properly (oh, you're "in range" as defined by the range given by the lab, well then you must be ok). What sort of prescription drugs have you taken?

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4029 · February 02, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Just putting it out there, but this also sounds like a question to pose for Robb Wolf's podcast.

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35 · February 01, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Thanks for your answer, man.

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35 · February 01, 2013 at 6:42 PM

At the time I tested my hormones, I asked for an endocrinologist for a prescription of testosterone in injection and was into that for 3 or 4 months, but I didn't followed with the treatment because I was not getting the results. I can't blame testosterone since I was still into heavy illegal drugs and my body/mind was a real mess, no exercise and crappy nutrition. I'm clean for 5 months, recovering one step at a time, and besides this problem I feel much better now. I just want to develop a lifestyle/diet to recover from my past misuse of my body. More suggestions?

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35 · February 01, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Thanks for your answer! Yes, I had my hormone levels tested in the beginning of the last year and the testosterone levels was low but in a level considered normal for my age, according to the doctor, but I dont really remember the correct quantity. I'm going to do another test next week and will post the results here. I found it quite strange (the testosterone being normal), because all my problems really fit in the low testosterone description, and besides that,I have other clues - a slim body, absence of facial hair.

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4029 · February 01, 2013 at 4:12 AM

Had you gotten testosterone levels tested? Because it sounds like you need to target lifestyle around restoring those levels.

Just blowing a hunch out there, but I'd wager you need to lift heavy things a couple times a week (no more no less), get sufficient exposure to sun (or supplement with Vitamin D3 plus because it will include zinc), eat foods high in sufficient amounts of vitamin B's (or supplement with a Vitamin B-50), I dunno maybe eat three egg yolks a day and good amounts of high-in-zinc meat.

Stay far away from foods with anti nutrients that could bind to zinc or reduce vitamin D3.

Get enough sleep.

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4029 · February 02, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Just putting it out there, but this also sounds like a question to pose for Robb Wolf's podcast.

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35 · February 01, 2013 at 6:42 PM

At the time I tested my hormones, I asked for an endocrinologist for a prescription of testosterone in injection and was into that for 3 or 4 months, but I didn't followed with the treatment because I was not getting the results. I can't blame testosterone since I was still into heavy illegal drugs and my body/mind was a real mess, no exercise and crappy nutrition. I'm clean for 5 months, recovering one step at a time, and besides this problem I feel much better now. I just want to develop a lifestyle/diet to recover from my past misuse of my body. More suggestions?

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35 · February 01, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Thanks for your answer! Yes, I had my hormone levels tested in the beginning of the last year and the testosterone levels was low but in a level considered normal for my age, according to the doctor, but I dont really remember the correct quantity. I'm going to do another test next week and will post the results here. I found it quite strange (the testosterone being normal), because all my problems really fit in the low testosterone description, and besides that,I have other clues - a slim body, absence of facial hair.

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4181 · February 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Whatever you do, don't go low carb!

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15 · November 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Couldn't agree more!

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4181 · February 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Don't listen to these people mostly, paleo is kind of based on flawed assumptions and is aimed at weight loss (just see how many questions are about this) Carbs are good, don't stress about food, don't go low carb, just cut out grains and vegetable oils, eat coconut oil and butter, fruit as well as vegetables, get enough protein (eggs, beef, chicken, sea food) go for a run now and then, lift weights, meditate etc - People see benefits from paleo because it is much better than the standard western diet but it's far from perfect and after a while it can really fuck you up

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35 · February 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I'm eating a paleo based diet for a week now. Don't you think it's a good option?

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35 · February 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Why are you suggesting that?

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30 · February 01, 2013 at 8:21 PM

First focus on diet and exercise. Aim for 1g protein per lb of bodyweight every day. It's okay if you don't hit that but that's where you should aim. Get this from a paleo/primal type diet (lots of meat) with plenty of vegetables. On lifting days aim for slightly higher carb intake. I like over ripe bananas and white potatoes thrown in.

Lift heavy things a couple times a week with full body exercises. Bench press, deadlift, standing overhead press, bodyweight/weighted pull ups, (close grip, supinated are my favourite right now) and squats. If you haven't lifted before focus on those, you can add accessories later. For more specifics on routine structure check out: The Minimalist, by Martin Berkhan Fuckarounditis, by Martin Berkhan

For supplements, I'd take D3, and fish oil for sure. Look into magnesium. Don't go overboard on supplements and neglect diet and exercise, they are much more important.

And of course. Sleep.

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35 · February 01, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Thanks for your answer, man.

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122 · February 02, 2013 at 2:20 AM

get an serotonin antagonist like cyproheptadine..you prob have high serotonin or serotonin induced sexual dysfunction or serotonin syndrome or w/e from all the drugs

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyproheptadine

Ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, bromocriptine, lisuride, ergometrine, ketanserin, trazodone, cyproheptadine and pizotifen are all options

believe it or not, lsd is also a serotonin antagonist...it has been shown to help sexual dysfunction

sorry i hate to recommend drugs to an ex-drug user but these can be very useful

good article:

http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/serotonin-depression-aggression.shtml

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2496 · February 02, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Read Perfect Health Diet (Jaminet). Then read it again. It describes a diet and supplentation plan suitable for most everyone, and yes it is largely Paleo based. Give yourself a few months to get your well nourished and further clean out from the filth you had been ingesting. If your libido is still bad then seek medical help.

_Lazza

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320 · February 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I suppose besides your former drug use, you are the average mid-twenty male. You may want to look into http://www.yourbrainonporn.com/ .

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86 · February 18, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Good to know you've left your bad habits behind and want to start afresh! Look for pro-testosterone foods the next time you visit the supermarket: beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, salmon, mackerel, avocados, walnuts, Brazil nuts, olive oil, are all heart-friendly and boost test levels. As for exercise, resistance training is the best way to pump up T levels. I???d also recommend you look up Ageless Male reviews ??? this supplement contains natural seed extract that stimulates the body???s natural testosterone production. You might come across Ageless Male scam reviews too ??? but please ignore them. This is a very reliable product and has helped hundreds of men overcome testosterone deficiency and its debilitating signs.

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619 · February 02, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Eggs and Steak.

Don't cook the yolks if you can help it, steak as rare as you like. Cook'em with coconut oil.

Drink plenty of water.

Just choose these while digesting the more complex responses, which are great.

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17073 · November 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

If the issue is testosterone levels, here's what you could do that might help:

Get lots of high quality fats, things like kerrygold butter, virgin coconut oil, pastured egg yolks, pastured bacon, avocados, etc. These are the building blocks of hormones.

Get some Tribulus Terrestris, Togkat Ali (sp?) also known as Longjack. Take these with a Zinc Chelate such as Zinc Citrate, and/or ZMA. (A Zinc Tally Test/Zinc Challenge might help let you know when you've taken enough or need more.) You might consider taking these along with a DHEA tablet. Also might be useful to have a magnesium supplement. You'll probably also want DIM and calcium-D-glucarate.

These (tribulus, longjack, zinc) will signal testosterone production, and if you don't produce enough DHEA, the DHEA provides a substrate from which to build the hormones from. Be certain that you are NOT under stress when you take these, or the DHEA will be wasted in making more cortisol instead, causing adrenal issues. You can skip the DHEA if you're converting the good fats into it automatically, but if you aren't getting results, maybe try it and see.

The DIM and calcium-D-glucarate will prevent aromatization of testosterone by excess fat stores - you probably don't need these if you're very lean, but they might help anyway as excess testosterone is aromatized into a form of estrogen and these two will prevent that to some degree. Don't take too much DIM as it's possibly goitrogenic and you need all your thyroid capacity.

Maca, may or may not help, probably nowhere near as useful as the above.

Once you're back to normal, you can back off the supplements, but be sure to get sources of zinc, magnesium, and good quality fats as these are important to overall health. Shellfish can be a great source of zinc, for example.

In terms of the depression angle, look into a book called The Mood Cure by Julia Ross and look at taking 5000mg L-Tyrosine (split it in half, morning and afternoon), and 500mg 5HTP at night. You'll want to take both to balance them out - these may or may not help depending on your situation. The high quality fats mentioned above as well as magnesium and zinc are also beneficial here. Also highly recommended is Dr. Kalish's book The Kalish Method.

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0 · November 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Nice to know that you've gotten out of bad habits, to increase your drive or libido testosterone boosting seems like the best way to go about it, i've heard there are some superfoods that do it like (avocado, nuts, olive oil preparations etc) or you could try some natural off the counter pills. I've heard saw palmetto can boost your libido, so you could give it a try.

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35 · February 01, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Any more suggestions are more than welcome.

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