Opiate addiction is a debilitating condition for those suffering from the disease. Opiates are highly addictive and can wreak havoc on the user’s physical and mental health.
However, a new study suggests that opiate addiction may have other negative effects on men’s testosterone levels. Beyond that, there may be a way to combat it.
Low testosterone offers a bevy of nasty symptoms in and of itself. Men dealing with the condition may experience hair loss, muscle loss, increased body fat, fatigue, erectile dysfunction or even depression.
Opiate Addiction and Low t
Men suffering from low testosterone, also called low t, while dependent on opiates are under a condition known as opioid-induced androgen deficiency (OPIAD). A recent study performed by the Weill Medical College of Cornell University has since provided interesting data concerning the effects of clomiphene citrate on men suffering from OPIAD.
Clomiphene citrate is traditionally used to treat infertility in women. That being said, the substance has been found in previous studies to aid those suffering from low testosterone. In this study, the effects of the substance on those specifically deprived of their testosterone levels due to OPIAD is being considered.
Following a study concerning 13 total participants, it was posted within the study’s results that there was a substantial increase from the baseline for “Serum Total Testosterone” among those who had taken the substance Clomiphene Citrate over those who had taken a placebo for three months.
While the study has far from conclusively determined a positive relationship between Clomiphene Citrate and those suffering from low testosterone due to OPIAD, it would appear that there may be hope yet that the substance may be able to help those suffering from the condition.