What is the most effective pharmacologic therapy for premature ejaculation (PE)?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Samuel G Deem, DO; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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The most effective pharmacologic therapy for premature ejaculation is to administer a drug from the SSRI class. Normally, these drugs are used as antidepressants in the clinical setting. Many of these agents were found to have the side effect of significantly delaying the achievement of orgasm in both male and female patients, and it was for this reason that such agents were applied to the treatment of premature ejaculation.

Some tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) with SSRI-like activity have the same effect in orgasm that SSRIs do. The TCA that has been most frequently studied for treatment of premature ejaculation is clomipramine. [31, 32, 33, 34, 35] Many investigators find that clomipramine is more effective for premature ejaculation than many SSRIs are. Results of a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, fixed-dose clinical phase III study in 159 Korean patients suggest that 15 mg of clomipramine taken approximately 2-6 hours before sexual intercourse is effective and safe for treatment of premature ejaculation. [36]


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