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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:41 pm 
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Hey guys and girls,

I am new to the forum and I wanted to introduce myself. First off I want to say that Suboxone literally sved my life. I was going down a dark and winding road that ends the same for many. Thnak God, I searched around or Suboxone. The bup/nalox combo saved me once after a quick 5 day detox tretment at an inpatient facility. But as they say, relapse is part of recovery. :(

Anyway, I have been on a dose of 8mg/2mg for about three months now and I noticed that my energy isnt as great as it was when I got off the full agonist and had the Suboxone honeymoon. After a battery of tests, I found out I had a testosterone level of 120 (The average for males is 280 - 600 or so). Turns out, I also may have sleep apnea. I've always had issues with weight, unless I was strung out, but even with the Suboxone I cant seem to loose it. I thought my lack of libido was due to my opiate abuse, but it seems it may be more than that??

The endocrinologist seems to think the prolactin increase is due to the suboxone, but she isnt sure about the testosterone drop.
Either way, I'm on 5mg of Androgel and I hope for the mood and other "male characteristics" to come back. :wink:

Has anyone experienced a drop in their testosterone and/or an increase in their prolactin since starting on buprenorphine???
I'm just curious, because I REALLY dont want to stop the Suboxone. If it comes down to it, my addictionologist says I can switch over to the Vivitrol sooner, but I'm worried.

Sorry for the long post, but I was wondering if any of the guys (or girls that have noticed their men) out there have had the issue with libido, energy. weight gain.... you know, the stuff that makes you feel like "less of a man".

Thanks!


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I'm not so sure about the Prolactin issues, but Suboxone does make you really, really tired. I started out at 16 mgs a day and now I'm at 2-6. I still get slightly drowsy but nothing a cup of coffee won't fix :wink: I used to rarely drink coffee, maybe once a month. Now I need at least 2 cups a day.

Also, my sex drive is has lowered quite a bit. The weight gain thing has me really baffled. I don't eat much at all (not by choice, I work a lot so I don't get to eat too often), and I don't seem to lose weight at all. I'm on my feet running around all day at work and my weight has been the exact same for years. Even after I stopped drinking and quit my sit down 20 hours a day job.

Hope that helps!


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hi diebythedrop and hi salvlines and welcome to the forum".
i have totosterone low levels do to subs also. and thinking about androgel? :o but this may sound kinda funny, but cellary can help with totosterine levels and bring it back up !! :lol: believe it or not it helps me and she love's it :lol: it's some thing in the cellary that helps and every one knows how nature can help some times. Johnboy

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Hi, I recently had my test. tested, after finding out that long term opiates can deplete it, sure enough it was a bit higher than yours but unbelievably low. Am currently on replacement therapy, but hopefully after stopping all opiates the body will recover naturally. Axiron has a good deal, since they are new, only 25 bucks a month when you don't have insurance, I mean if you have insurance to pay, great, if not, you can do that route. I'll find out next week what my levels are and will let you know if they improved, but I know the sx were very similiar and I thought it was just the opes talking, it's not, they suppress your natural functioning. Not good! :)


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Poke around in Side Effects Discussion and you will see a multipage discussion on Testosterone.

Mine is GONE. It's MUCH more common than anyone knew.

I'm taking DHEA, but let's pick this up on the other page. I posted about DHEA there today.


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