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Unread 12-04-2009, 07:10 PM   #1
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Anyone had any problems with their libido while taking suboxone? If so...What did you do? Or is there nothing you CAN do?
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Hi baj42, you're not alone with the libido issue. For those of whom have an issue of lowered libido, some people find that it comes back either with time or when they lower their dose. If you use the search function up in the top purple bar, you'll find a bunch of threads, but here's a fairly recent one, that has links to other threads in it and some of those have more links. lol

http://www.addictionsurvivors.org/vb...ad.php?t=22516

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While I have heard complaints about this very issue, I do know that the problems are often not caused by suboxone. Stopping addictive behavior forces massive changes to an individual's physiology and it takes a good while for things to level out. Often other medications are involved and/or patients are expecting too much, too soon. The important thing is to discuss your problems with your doctor, then follow their directions.
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baj42,

If you find it, let me know so I can know where to look for mine! I have the same problem, but I have had this problem before and am it has gone always so I'm hope the same happens here. It's kind of ironic, my doc used to have the exact opposite effect!

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If anything I think its getting better since I'm off the roxys
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its a terrible side effect and will take about a week to come back once you stop taking suboxone. So, If you go on a trip to Amsterdam, stop Suboxone a week before you go there or you will walk pass the prostitutes and pay no attention to them or any other female. without libido, there is no reason to go out at night so it kills my nightlife as well. BUT, im off pills ............for now!!
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I have DEFINITELY had this problem....and it was the exact opposite when I was using....but since starting sub, I have no libido whatsoever.....gettingt some MAYBE once a month....and then can't even have the big O!
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sooooo happppy im not alone, i thougth about starting a thread for this for a long time,but ddnt,so i thought mayb i will just check b4 i go putting this uop here,why is it like this,ive been with my fiancee for 6 yrs,and thnk god he isunderstanding,bcz part of a relationship is being together,but i dnt ever want to.what am i supposed to do.this isnt healthy for our relationship,as they say a man has needs,lol,and mine is a 27yr old man,if that tells u anything,any advice.im just happy im not alone with this.
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This is my very first post. I started taking sub about 3 weeks ago. Most of my other side effects have subsided but this libido problem only started about 2 weeks ago. This has been very frustrating to me and my husband both. My husband has a very high sex drive and up until 2 weeks ago my sexual appetite matched his. We still have sex almost just as much but I can't have the big O and i am afraid i won't be able to. Its very frustrating to me. He and I have argued over it several times. He doesn't feel he has performed up to his usual standards b/c i can't get off. I know he will be relieved to here this new info and i guess i just gotta deal with it.
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I've been on sub for 5 months, and it seems to get worse....my boyfriend and I are both 26....I have no sex drive at all...currently having sex MAYBE once a month, and then can't get off....I'm hoping over time and as I lower my dose, things will get better
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O.M.G., don't get me started...I mentioned this to my doctor, and she said that none of her patients had complained about this UNFORTUNATE side effect. I think that they were maybe just embarrassed, bcuz I know a few people on butes who have this prob too! Really, I allmost want to stop taking this med, I'm 30 and pregnant, this is supposed to be a very passionate time in my sex life and I'm missing out! Really, I can't get high, can't drink, can't smoke, and now I can't have an orgasm either? What does that leave, chocolate?! How lame!!! Has anybody developed a female viagra yet for suboxone patients? Can somebody get cracking on this, PLEASE? My fiance and I would be soooo appreciative!!!
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I am having the same issue kinda sad that I dont even think about it or miss it anyone know of any herbal type of stuff to help me a least want to? Thank you
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Hmm.. has been the opposite for me.. especially the physical part of being aroused.. been pretty much keeping a non-stop erection in bed at night.. but after taking methadone for years it is probably making up for lost time.. even riding down the road my mind drifts and.. hey there partner.. I feel like a sixteen year old..

I'm 36 btw.
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its a terrible side effect and will take about a week to come back once you stop taking suboxone. So, If you go on a trip to Amsterdam, stop Suboxone a week before you go there or you will walk pass the prostitutes and pay no attention to them or any other female. without libido, there is no reason to go out at night so it kills my nightlife as well. BUT, im off pills ............for now!!
I am sorry but this is inappropriate!!! And really that is all i can say with out getting into trouble!!
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Check testosterone levels-I take 400mg every two weeks as my brother injects me. My libido has soared.

I also got down to 1mg which helped this and constipation issues. (women benefit from replacement too)

See E.Barry Gordon MD website. My doctor in Brooklyn. He is a nice guy too a little "randy' but nice

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yea i used to not be able to get enough but now i could care less. it only took about 5 days for my wife to catch on . after not being able to finish once im really discoraged
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I am starting to believe that the government is doing this on puirpose so they can control how many new addicts are born.
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silly thought! Hi mike!

Try testosterone and the blue pill and Va-va-vrooom! Sad my depression takes care of my libido when the sub does not lol

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Testosterone therapy is something all males who suffer from this disease should look into. It is amazing how much our active addiction can affect this, no matter ones age! If you do choose testosterone therapy, educate yourself well on it and monitor your doctor well and question them extensively about their knowledge of that therapy.

I did not have any problem with libido, in fact, just the opposite, when I went from active addiction to recovery, I was like a hound again. But, my low testosterone greatly effected other areas of my life and receiving that therapy has been a huge help.

In terms of Sub, it's simple, the more you progress in recovery and the lower your dose goes, the less effect it will have in this area. I agree, testosterone could help and so could that magic blue pill. The one experience I had was not a lack of desire or ability to perform, but, when that grand moment came for me, it was a bit subtle! ......... That changed with time and dose reduction.

The other things which has been found to help is good old fashion romance and foreplay. Take the time to cuddle and to be romantic often without sex being the goal. Per foreplay, experiment and explore, try new things, let your chickens loose some and try new things which you have always though about, but, never tried and above all, communicate with your partner. This is a we issue and together, both of you can do things to help it. Your partner has to be part of the solution!

Those are my thoughts on this and what has seemed to help others.

If all else fails, blame the government, it's a conspiracy! lol

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In terms of Sub, it's simple, the more you progress in recovery and the lower your dose goes, the less effect it will have in this area. I agree, testosterone could help and so could that magic blue pill. The one experience I had was not a lack of desire or ability to perform, but, when that grand moment came for me, it was a bit subtle! ......... That changed with time and dose reduction.
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The other things which has been found to help is good old fashion romance and foreplay. Take the time to cuddle and to be romantic often without sex being the goal. Per foreplay, experiment and explore, try new things, let your chickens loose some and try new things which you have always though about, but, never tried and above all, communicate with your partner. This is a we issue and together, both of you can do things to help it. Your partner has to be part of the solution!
By the way, the quoted above is meant for both males and females!
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What type of doctor would be best to see fore testosterone treatment. I definitely have been having a problem with erectile dysfunction.
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Testosterone therapy is something all males who suffer from this disease should look into. It is amazing how much our active addiction can affect this, no matter ones age! If you do choose testosterone therapy, educate yourself well on it and monitor your doctor well and question them extensively about their knowledge of that therapy.

I did not have any problem with libido, in fact, just the opposite, when I went from active addiction to recovery, I was like a hound again. But, my low testosterone greatly effected other areas of my life and receiving that therapy has been a huge help.

In terms of Sub, it's simple, the more you progress in recovery and the lower your dose goes, the less effect it will have in this area. I agree, testosterone could help and so could that magic blue pill. The one experience I had was not a lack of desire or ability to perform, but, when that grand moment came for me, it was a bit subtle! ......... That changed with time and dose reduction.

The other things which has been found to help is good old fashion romance and foreplay. Take the time to cuddle and to be romantic often without sex being the goal. Per foreplay, experiment and explore, try new things, let your chickens loose some and try new things which you have always though about, but, never tried and above all, communicate with your partner. This is a we issue and together, both of you can do things to help it. Your partner has to be part of the solution!

Those are my thoughts on this and what has seemed to help others.

If all else fails, blame the government, it's a conspiracy! lol

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THIS ^ I had mine checked after a buddy was put on TRT. I am 30 years old and my levels were that of a 75 year old. I have felt much better since I started TRT and have felt like 16 again as far as my buddy goes.
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I complained to my GP doctor about no sex drive and he just said it was my age. (I'm 57) He checked my Testosterone level with a simple blood test and put me on Androgel 1% and Cialis. That surely worked for awhile but now that I'm down below 4mgs of Sub my drive came roaring back. Don't need any pills but will continue with the "T" treatment as that was proved to be low.

So really, I think your dosage has a lot to do with it. Those in their 20's or 30's should not be having these problems! Go see your doctor and get tested to nail down exactly what it is.

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Glad you are taking about libido. My sex drive is gone, since I've been on sub/tabs. I thought since I'm 53 and have not taken hormone replacement in 2 years, was causing the "ME NOT SO HORNY" state I'm in. Thank God ya'll talk about everything. I was telling my boyfriend all kinds of things. I'm still willing and his drive is very high, but trying for the big O, it's just very disapointing. He felt he wasn't doing it right, that it was his fault, it was just a mess. Anyways we talked about it and course we tried. Well I'm able to reach the Big O, but it's really a Little O in my case. I've been on sub/tabs for 3mos now, I'm hopeing it doesn't get any worst. Gosh!! I've given up everything at this point, would like to enjoy our togetherness. Just will have to accept my Little O for now. I'm so grateful to be off the pills. Suiting up and Showing up for life is so much better now.
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It is nice to hear its not just me dealing with this. Ive been at 20mlg a day for about a month now and I have no urge at all to do it. I'm really worried its going to hurt my relationship. We need it to stay healthy. I feel like we're fighting more now and it's really worrying me. Is there anything Women can take to help this?
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Its a good thing with me lol, but for real it helps with stamina!

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I had to be put on andrgel(testosterone gel) because the subutex had lowered my testosterone to a very low level. Get you levels tested they might be low. It is a very common side effect of subs from what I've seen...
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I had to be put on andrgel(testosterone gel) because the subutex had lowered my testosterone to a very low level. Get you levels tested they might be low. It is a very common side effect of subs from what I've seen...
Hi, just wanted to clarify that all opioids, in general, may lower hormone levels, so it's not just buprenorphine.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mal...SECTION=causes

Medications. The use of certain drugs, such as opiate pain medications and some hormones, can affect testosterone production.

Hope that helps.

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Yep, this Suboxone crud is a "wonder" drug huh? Wonder where the hell it took my libido!!?
I switched to methadone and my sex drive is BACK!!! I'm so damn thankful, even on heroin my sex drive was not as bad as on Suboxone...thank God for the done!!!
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Mine is through the roof. I wish sometimes that it wasn't as high as it is, but my libido is OFF THE CHARTS!!!
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i just moved from suboxone to subutex, my sex drive is way better, and when i used to spend 300.00 a month now I spend 70.00. Screw the makers of suboxone who forces us uninsured to pay our lives savings and giving everything up. I'm so lucky to have a doctor who understands! OH when I was using i would sleep with anyone, the subutext gave my morals back, this is just for me, I don't care what you do in your private life, but I feel so much better now.
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I can't have an orgasm either. NOW HOW DO THE ****ERS EXPLAIN THAT? I am a gorgeous 30 year old in my prime.
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Hello Joshyrocker,

You wrote, "Thank God for the done." Well, okay---good luck with that. Seriously. I wish you nothing but health and recovery.....and if Methadone provides that for you, then who in hades am I to object?

But for me, Methadone nearly took me to my knees. It was a punch to the stomach. A kick to the gonads might better describe my experience with what you call "done."

I spent 4.5 years on Methadone Maintenance. Following that, I spent 3+ years on Subutex Maintenance. In my experience, Sub was BY FAR the better medication.

Methadone's impact on my libido was near catastrophic; Subutex's impact was, well---there was NO impact on my libido while using Subutex.

Beyond just my libido, the negative side effects of a steady, daily diet of Methadone were many. There were many and they were all, every one of them, ugly. Did I say "negative?" Yikes! To say the freakin LEAST!

Based on my experience, of course---and the anecdotal experiences of a whole buncha other folks.

Just be careful, Mr. Joshyrocker. Be supremely cautious.

As noted though, if it really 'n truly is working for you, then...good. I wish for you nothing but all good things in recovery.

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I can't have an orgasm either. NOW HOW DO THE ****ERS EXPLAIN THAT? I am a gorgeous 30 year old in my prime.
Hun, they don't explain it, they shrug and when you leave the room get a laugh. It is odd that is for dang sure. I wish that I could share some of my libido, certain times I can hit a bump in the road and get a thrill. I wont say that I am in my prime, or gorgeous but the husband seems to think so. That is all that matters to me lol.
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I can't speak for women but I would assume there is some correlation. This is my second time on subs and the first time I lost all interest in sex. I insisted on the doctor checking my T level and sure enough it was below normal. Like way below. Testosterone fixed the issue. After I stopped subs for a few months my Test levels started coming back up. I'm not sure of the science behind it but for me I was able to stop injecting Test. 7 months off of sub because at the same dose my levels were skyrocketing. just my personal experience. Take it with a grain of salt.
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Nancy is correct. It's not just sub but all opioids.
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I had to take testosterone the last time I was on sub because my level dropped lower than the average 80 yr old man and I am still in my 40's. After stopping subs my levels returned to normal. I'm not sure how they would treat a women for it but Subs and all opiate drugs will impact hormone levels in some people. Hormone replacement therapy is VERY expensive and my insurance did not pay for it. Just another reason to motivate my taper.
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Duh I said the say thing twice basically. Sorry for that. I just woke up.
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I've been in treatment for around 9 months now and I'm in my early 50's. My libido is nearly gone which I believe is a combination of age and treatment...and probably also due to lack of sleep. Happy to see that folks younger than me are dealing with the same issues and it's not just me.
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