If you are experiencing premature ejaculation, Priligy is one method of treating your symptoms

Priligy is a prescription-only medicine to help treat symptoms of premature ejaculation (PE), in men aged between 18 and 64. It contains dapoxetine, a 'short-acting selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor' (SSRI). Priligy was the first oral treatment for PE to be licensed in the UK. 

PE is defined as ejaculation with little stimulation before, during or immediately after penetration. Dapoxetine increases the time it takes for a man to ejaculate and helps improve control over ejaculation. 

Many men experience PE in their lifetime, and it is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of – you may find that talking to your partner or another close friend about it will help normalise what you’re experiencing. 

There are different options for treating PE, including therapy, self-management techniques, over the counter treatments and taking other medicines which can be prescribed by your GP. If you’re experiencing PE, it’s important to see your GP for a check-up to make sure this isn’t caused by underlying health issues. Treating any underlying medical condition usually helps resolve PE symptoms.

If you choose to take a medicine, then Priligy and the Boots Premature Ejaculation Online Clinic may be options for you.

What's the best way to take Priligy?

Men prescribed Priligy are advised to take one tablet about one to three hours before sex. It shouldn’t be taken every day and never more than one tablet in a 24-hour period. Priligy tablets should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water and can be taken with or without food.

Priligy 30mg is generally prescribed as the starting dose. If Priligy 30mg doesn’t work for you and don’t experience any side effects, you may be prescribed Priligy 60mg. If the 30mg dose works for you, moving on to the 60mg won’t make you last longer and it may actually increase the chances of side effects.

How effective is Priligy? 

Studies show a statistically significant increase in the number of men reporting an improvement in their premature ejaculation with dapoxetine. If you usually ejaculate in under two minutes, then Priligy may be able to help you last up to three times longer.

Who is Priligy suitable for?

Dapoxetine may not be the best option for all men diagnosed with PE. It’s not suitable for people who are under 18 or over 65 years old, or those with certain medical conditions. It may also interact with other medicines, such as other antidepressants, so consult your GP or answer any online consultation truthfully to help make sure dapoxetine is the appropriate medicine for you. 

Does Priligy have side effects?

Like all medicines, Priligy can cause side effects, but not everyone will get them. Possible side effects may include: 

• Diarrhoea or constipation 

• FatigueBeing sick or feeling like you’re going to be sick

• Excessive sweating

• Dizziness

• Headaches

• Dry mouth

• Blurred vision

• Loss of appetite/weight loss

• Problems sleeping or drowsiness

• Low sex drive

• Feeling shaky

Stop taking Priligy and talk to your doctor if you are struggling with any side effects. Read the patient information leaflet for the full list of side effects.

Where can I get Priligy?

Priligy is available on prescription from a GP or an online service such as the Boots Premature Ejaculation Online Clinic. Our discreet clinic provides convenient access to Priligy* – you’ll need to have an online consultation, and one of our clinicians will assess if treatment is suitable for you.

What are other treatments for premature ejaculation? 

Priligy is only one of the treatment options for PE. Other treatments include: 

• Using a thick condom to reduce sensitivity

• Masturbating one or two hours before having sex
• Consulting a therapist
• Local anaesthetic spray, such as Stud 100 (contains lidocaine. Always read the label), available from your pharmacy

Next steps

• If you’re experiencing premature ejaculation, speak with your GP to make sure your PE symptoms aren’t caused by an underlying health condition

• Try some self-management techniques or communicate openly with your partner about what you’re experiencing 

• If your partner is experience PE, offering your support can go a long way to helping build their confidence. 

*Subject to availability and clinician approval. Charges apply.