Priligy Tablets

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Priligy is the only licensed treatment for Premature Ejaculation in the UK. It contains the active ingredient Dapoxetine which works to increase the time taken to ejaculate. Priligy is available as a 30mg and 60mg tablet.

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    What is Priligy (Dapoxetine)?

    Priligy tablets are used to treat Premature Ejaculation (PE) in men who meet all of the following criteria:

    • Poor control over ejaculation
    • History of premature ejaculation over the past 6 months
    • Marked distress of interpersonal difficulty as a consequence of premature ejaculation
    • Intravaginal ejaculatory latency time of less than two minutes

    How does Priligy work?

    Priligy contains the active ingredient Dapoxetine which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It works by increasing the neurotransmitter serotonin in the nervous system, which in turn helps to increase the time it takes to ejaculate. Although SSRIs are primarily used to treat depression, they do have a useful side effect of delay ejaculation and Priligy is specifically designed to treat Premature Ejaculation.

    How do I take Priligy?

    • The Initial dose of Priligy 30mg, should be taken approximately 1-3 hours before sexual activity
    • If not effective it can be increased to a maximum of 60mg daily as a single dose, provided the 30mg dose has not caused any side effects
    • You should not take more than 1 tablet in 24 hours
    • Priligy should be taken on a ‘when required’ basis before sexual activity
    • Priligy should be taken with at least one glass of water and can be taken with or without food
    • Is it important to have Priligy treatment reviewed after four weeks or six doses of treatment and only continued with your GP reviewing it every six months.

    What are the cautions associated with taking Priligy?

    Although Dapoxetine (Priligy) can be used to treat those who suffer from Premature Ejaculation, it is important to check if the medication is suitable for you. Priligy should not be used by people suffering with certain conditions or those using certain medications. You should always read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Priligy before taking this medication to ensure it is safe for you to use.

    What are the side effects of Priligy?

    Like all medications, Dapoxetine (Priligy) may cause certain side effects, although not all patients will experience these.
    Common Priligy side effects include:

    • Dizziness
    • Headache
    • Feeling sick

    For more information on other side effects that may be caused by Priligy, please see the patient information leaflet (PIL).


    Can I use Priligy and Erectile Dysfunction treatments at the same time?

    Priligy should be used with caution when taking erectile dysfunction medications at the same time. This is as combination of these two medications can cause a drop in your blood pressure causing you to feel faint when standing up. To avoid suffering from a drop in blood pressure, we recommed that you leave a gap of at least 24-48 hours between taking Priligy and ED medications such as Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil), Levitra (Vardenafil) and Spedra (Avanafil).

    Where can I find more information on Premature Ejaculation and Priligy?

    Please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) for further information about Priligy. You can find more information on Premature Ejaculation on the Conditions category page.

Authored Dec 02, 2015 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Apr 19, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm