Can having bipolar disorder have any cause and effect in the bedroom...?

For example, not being on the medication I'm supposed to be on on.

I've read in different places that the medications for bipolar disorder, depression, etc are said to cause problems in bed.

I currently do not have health insurance and am not on the medication that I need to be on. I'm worried that when I do start taking these medications, problems that I already have in the bedroom will get worse. (ie. not able to climax)
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replied August 24th, 2009
Anti depressants can definitely lead to problems with reaching climax.
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replied August 28th, 2009
shortyc,

A few replies: As far as not being on meds, if you go into a manic episode, you may experience hypersexuality, which is increased sexual activity with one's partner, involvement with internet pornography, excessive use of telephone sexual services regardless of cost, extramarital affairs, and seeking out prostitutes and other risky sexual behaviors. On the other end of things, depression can lead to extreme disinterest in sex. All of this, or any degree of it is possible.

As far as medications go, Wal-Mart and other retail chain pharmacies each have their own version of a $4.00 list. There are quite a few $4.00 meds you could discuss with your psychiatrist. Some examples are regular-release Lithium, Celexa (20mg & 40mg), Buspar (I don't know the dosage off the top of my head), and Paxil.

Hopefully that helped.
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replied September 16th, 2009
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I actually do not currently have a psychiatrist and I'm not currently on any medications. I had a psychiatrist about two years ago, only went for one appointment (which cost about $197.00 for me) and haven't been able to afford another visit.

However, I should have a different type of insurance through my husband in the next two weeks.

And with being a newlywed (as of five months), these problems have caused some problems with unnecessary arguments and fighting, etc with my husband. It totally sucks.
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replied September 17th, 2009
I understand how you feel about the marital problems and arguments and such. This past manic episode I had (still do) a sex drive that can't be satisfied. I can't remember this happening with past manic episodes. My wife has helped a tiny bit, but she has her own medical issues she's dealing with. I've kept my frustrations with my wife to myself or my therapist, because my therapist is the only one that can give guidance on these things.
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replied September 17th, 2009
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Hey,
ok, well about your problems with reaching climax. My guy friend who has schitzophrenia just discovered sex with his girlfriend, but he was having trouble reaching climx too. I think its because of the meds he's on. And this was the first time he had ever had sex. The second time he was trying for an hour and a half and still was having problems. So medication could very well could cause problems in bed.
(P.S sorry if I gt too descriptive...)
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replied July 4th, 2011
Bases on my experienced if you are taking med you cant reach climax.But my bf reached his climax sometimes.Sometimes taking viagra can help too
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replied September 22nd, 2009
I have been married to a bipolar lady for almost 7 years. We are very open with our communications. It has taken quite a while to get to that point, but it is worth it. The reason I say this is because she tells me if she is having problems with orgasm. She will mention it to her psychiatrist, and it will be changed. Do not despair. There are a myriad of medications out there. If one hinders you in the bedroom, then try another.
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replied September 22nd, 2009
ITDAD,

Just one thing, some of the medications can cost $300-$500 for one month. Some people are fortunate and have insurance to pick up the cost (or most of it). Other people are less fortunate and do not have insurance, and cannot be too selective on the medication regimen.

I do understand your point about there being many medications, but some folks just flat out can't be selective.
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replied September 23rd, 2009
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I have a guy friend who is bipolar and he has a very high sex drive so the disorder can effect the bedroom
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replied September 24th, 2009
the only problem about climaxing is when i take the antidepressents.so i don't.
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replied December 17th, 2009
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Okay thanks everyone, Working on it. I'm not on my medication yet for Bipolar disorder, but I'll have insurance soon and I'm just trying to figure out this problem BEFORE i get pills that will make it even worse Sad

Thanks for the advice though everyone.
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replied January 22nd, 2010
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Zyprexa works ok for me (Im a he) but the thing is its to be taken at bedtime. It is supposed to help the depression phases and I use my hyper phase for my artwork (makes good vision enhancer). Finding a way to utilize that extra energy will make it beneficial. FYI, not climax'n is NOT BAD but enhancement.....get enough sex in to last through the downtime and buy your partner a toy . I cycle with the moon (depressed first 2 weeks - Hyper the last 2 ending at the full moon).
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replied January 23rd, 2010
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I can relate, years ago when I was younger I had a strong sex drive that led to a lot of unprotected sex, thankfully (knock on wood) nothing bad ever come of it. I am much older and on medication and I still have a sex drive, but I am better about it now then I have ever been before. I am married and no longer having sex with stranger. I am happy that I have settled down.
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replied March 20th, 2012
Nightstar. That is wonderful for you! And your wife
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