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Priligy is a tablet medication developed specifically for the treatment of premature ejaculation.

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This content was reviewed by a clinician on

26 April 2022
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Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 26 April 2022
Product information

Priligy is an oral tablet medication, which treats premature ejaculation. The drug marketed by Menarini is the only tablet medication currently available which is specifically designed for this purpose.

  1. Easy to use tablet
  2. Developed especially for premature ejaculation
  3. Enables you to perform for longer

Due to the private nature of the condition, and the fact that sexual tastes vary from couple to couple, defining whether premature ejaculation (PE) is present can be troublesome. It is a normal and frequent occurrence between some heterosexual couples, for the male partner to ejaculate before the female partner has reached the point of climax.

However, if the male partner consistently climaxes within two minutes of penetration commencing during sex, then this might be safely described as premature ejaculation. Although it doesn’t sound serious, early ejaculation can be problematic in a relationship and lead to feelings of sexual dissatisfaction. This can in turn develop into feelings of tension in couples.

Premature ejaculation falls into two categories: primary and secondary. The possible causes of a particular case can vary, depending on which category the case falls in.

Primary premature ejaculation is that which has been consistently present from an early age, also referred to as ‘lifelong’ PE. Some believe this may be present in an individual due to psychological factors, such as early conditioning; whereby a person trains themselves from a young age to ejaculate quickly during masturbation, in order to evade being caught. Another psychological factor may be a person’s upbringing or one’s perception of sexual activity.

Secondary PE is usually ‘acquired’, and develops during a person’s adult life. It may be the result of an illness such as a prostate condition, or high blood pressure, or again it may be psychological. When a man enters into a new sexual relationship, for example, emotional pressure to perform may make them more likely to ejaculate prematurely. Stress or distracting influences, unrelated to the act of sex, may also be causes.

There are several self-help techniques which can help men experiencing premature ejaculation to last longer. These include:

  • masturbating a couple of hours before sex
  • wearing a thick or ‘extra safe’ condom to reduce sensitivity in the penis
  • inhaling and exhaling deeply just before the point of ejaculation (this helps to inhibit the reflex in the body which induces ejaculation).

There are also techniques couples can perform together to help. Among these are:

  • asking your partner to go on top during sex, so that they can withdraw from penetration when you are close to ejaculation
  • or the ‘squeeze’ technique, where a man’s partner mastrurbates him, but halts doing so just before the point of climax, and lightly applies a squeezing pressure to the head of the penis for up to 20 seconds. 30 seconds after this, the partner continues masturbating the man, and this process is repeated several times (before the man finally ejaculates)
  • and a technique called ‘stop-go’, where sex is halted several times before the point of ejaculation, and commenced again after a short break.

Where these practices are not successful, treatment may be recommended. However, even if someone is using treatment to help them overcome premature ejaculation, using the above techniques as well can still be of great benefit.

In some instances, men who have problems with premature ejaculation will also have problems getting and keeping an erection sustainable enough for sex (erectile dysfunction or impotence). If this applies to you, we would advise that you seek medical guidance for erectile dysfunction before taking any medications for premature ejaculation.

If you haven’t taken Priligy before, we would recommend seeing your doctor in person first. They will be able to initiate a prescription for you if it is suitable.

The main ingredient in Menarini’s Priligy is an agent called Dapoxetine. This is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (or SSRI). This type of medicine is commonly used in the treatment of depression, but Priligy is the first prescription tablet treatment which has been developed categorically for premature ejaculation.

During sex, climax is reached in a man’s body after a number of chemical reactions take place in response to sexual stimulation. These chemical reactions facilitate the transmission of signals in the nervous system, which cause a man to experience an orgasm and ejaculate. By managing the activity of chemicals during this process, Dapoxetine permits the user greater control over when they ejaculate, and enables them to continue to have penetrative sex for longer periods.

It is crucial for your own safety when buying medication online to only do so from a pharmacy regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council. If you aren’t sure whether the site you are buying from is genuine, check for the GPhC logo. Clicking on it should take you to their entry on the GPhC register.

Treated.com provides a secure consultation and private prescription service. To renew your Priligy prescription online, take our questionnaire. All orders made through our site are examined by practising doctors and, once authorised, shipped via next day courier.

Active Ingredient

Priligy contains Dapoxetine, an agent which belongs to a category of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. This type of medicine is more commonly used in the treatment of depression, but Priligy is the first tablet medicine designed for the treatment of premature ejaculation.

When a man engages in sex, the brain releases chemicals in response to feelings of sexual arousal. One of these, serotonin, manages the transportation of pleasure signals throughout the body. These signals are responsible for initiating an orgasm, which of course causes a man to ejaculate. In the case of PE, this process may occur in an inordinately short space of time, before a couple is ready.

Dapoxetine works to increase the activity of serotonin at a certain point in the nervous system. By doing so, the treatment enables the user greater ejaculatory control, facilitating longer-lasting sex.

To buy your Priligy prescription online, take our online medical questionnaire. A doctor will review your case, and once approved, your treatment will be dispensed and shipped from our UK pharmacy. 

Page last reviewed:  26/04/2022


It is essential when using this treatment to adhere to the directions provided by your doctor. You should also acquaint yourself with the instructions in the patient information leaflet, so that you can ensure that you administer the treatment correctly, and limit the risk of potential side effects.

  1. Take one tablet with a glass of water, between 1 and 3 hours prior to sex.
  2. Never take more than one dose in any 24-hour period.
  3. Priligy can be taken with or without food.
  4. Under no circumstances exceed the amount prescribed by your physician.

If you are still unsure about anything regarding the use of this treatment, ask your doctor or your pharmacist for advice.

Download Priligy patient information leaflet

Page last reviewed:  26/04/2022
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Priligy 30mg

Priligy 60mg

Side effects & Warnings

Side effects

No medication is completely risk-free when it comes to potential side effects. Although the majority of people who use Priligy may experience little or no adverse reactions to the medicine, it is essential to be aware of the possible side effects so that you can act quickly in the event that they occur.

Common (1 in 10 people or more):

Dizziness; headache; or feelings of nausea.

Uncommon (1 in 10 to 1 in 100 people):

Feelings of agitation, anxiety, restlessness, irritation, numbness, pins and needles, drowsiness; decreased erectile function; lack of concentration; increase or drop in blood pressure; fainting; diarrhoea; stomach pain.

Rare (1 in 100 to 1 in 1000 people):

Mood swings; cold sweats; itching; confusion; irregular heartbeat; loss of libido; feelings of weakness, lethargy, jitteriness, or fatigue; eye problems; unusual taste.

The information provided on this page is not comprehensive. For a more detailed list of side effects, restrictions and instructions, refer to the patient information leaflet or ask your doctor. If you experience any of the above side effects or notice anything unusual whatsoever when using this medicine, notify your doctor right away.

Taking it with other medicines

Whenever you undergo consultation for Priligy or any other medicine, always tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking, as they may interact with or decrease the effectiveness of the medicine you are being consulted for. These medications may be prescription, non-prescription or remedial.

Never use Priligy in conjunction with or within a 14-day period of using: any other antidepressants, such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs); thioridazine; lithium; any medicines for bipolar disorder; linezolid; tryptophan; St John’s wort; pain relief for migraines or tramadol; treatments for fungal infections, such as ketoconazole and itraconazole; ritonavir, saquinavir, nelfinavir, atazanavir or other medicines used to treat HIV; certain types of antibiotic such as telithromycin; or nefazodone.

Inform your doctor during consultation if you are taking: treatment for mental health problems other than depression; NSAIDs; blood-thinning medicine; treatment for erectile dysfunction; treatment for high blood pressure or an enlarged prostate; treatment for HIV such as amprenavir and fosamprenavir; antibiotics such as erythromycin and clarithromycin; or aprepitant.

Conditions to look out for

Always disclose your full medical history to your prescriber before using this medicine. Priligy may be unsuitable for you if have or have had: erectile dysfunction; an illness which causes episodes of dizziness or low blood pressure; a history of recreational drug use; a history of alcoholism; a mental health issue; epilepsy; any blood-related illnesses; kidney problems; high pressure in the eye (glaucoma).

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Priligy must not be taken by women.

Driving and using machinery

Wait and see how this medication affects you before driving or operating machinery. It may cause side effects in some users, such as dizziness or sleepiness.

Food, drink or alcohol

Do not drink alcohol when using this medication, as it may increase the risk of side effects.

Lactose intolerance

Priligy contains lactose. If you have an intolerance to any sugars, tell your prescriber.

Page last reviewed:  26/04/2022
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Priligy 30mg

Priligy 60mg


Can I still drink alcohol?

It is not recommended. Alcohol may increase your susceptibility to feelings of dizziness or fainting when consumed alongside this medicine.

Will I still be able to drive?

This treatment may cause feelings of dizziness and other side effects, which could affect your judgment and motor functions. If you experience any of these, do not drive or operate heavy machinery of any kind.

How should I store it?

In a safe and secure place, below 30 degrees and out of the reach of children. Avoid decanting this medicine and keep it in the original packaging to avoid confusion.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

The following ingredients are contained in this medicine: dapoxetine, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), triacetin, Iron Oxide Black (E172), Iron Oxide Yellow (E172). If you are allergic to or unable to tolerate any of these, do not use this medication.

Is it available over-the-counter?

No. You can only buy this treatment with a prescription from a doctor. This is to help ensure your safety, as the treatment may not be suitable for everyone.

Is it right for me?

If you haven’t used Priligy before, you should speak to your doctor in person in the first instance. They will be able to initiate a prescription if it is suitable for you.

Renewing your prescription for Priligy is simple with our online service. Take our questionnaire, and one of our registered doctors will review your answers. After your prescription is approved, your medicine will be dispensed at our UK pharmacy and shipped by next day courier.

Page last reviewed:  26/04/2022
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