How does Lexapro affect sex drive/testosterone? Any ideas? (crosspost)
About 2 years ago I went to the doctor and requested blood tests. I had been feeling very tired and quite cold. Sure enough the blood tests showed that I had low testosterone. My Test came back at 3.3 nmol/L. I have been on Lexapro/escitalopram for anxiety, at various strengths, since 2012. I am currently on 10 mg.
I attended an endo last Jan and they prescribed Testogel and another old fashioned anti-depressant. I have not purchased either at the pharmacy as I don’t want another pill and am reluctant to use any gels.
I had my bloods tested last week and today I received the results
Testosterone 7.9 nmol/L 8.6-29.0
SHBG 14.1 nmol/L 18-54
Free Test 226 pmol/L 198-619 pmol/L
PSA 0.4 ug/L 0-2.0
Prolactin 205 Mu/L 45-375
Oestradiol 69 pmol/L
TSH 2.49 Mu/L 0.50-4.40
T4 free 15.9 pmol/L 11.5-22.7
Some other scores
Ferritin 288.0 ng/ml 20-300
Albumin 45 g/l 34-45
ALT 142 IU/L 10-55
I don’t know where to go at this point as I am very tired due to the low test and/or the Lexapro. A psychiatric nurse recommended my doctor to prescribe 15 mg of Lexapro for me ‘as the tiredness I am experiencing is the result of my anxiety and depression’
I’d appreciate any help from anyone that has experienced similar circumstances or know anything about why my TEST could be so low.