What medications are used to treat premature ejaculation (PE)?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Samuel G Deem, DO; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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No drug is specifically approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of premature (early) ejaculation. However, various agents have been safely and effectively used for this purpose. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and antidepressants with SSRI-like effects have been the most successful. Desensitizing creams containing local anesthetics can also be useful in some cases; though not FDA-approved, they are believed to be of at least some efficacy and carry minimal risk.


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