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Heroin and Permanent Damage
« on: June 13, 2012, 03:30:15 pm »
Thanks for the site.  You have lost of good information.  I just found out that my testerone was very low (234).  Now I am doing everything right but I was a heroin user about three years ago - pretty heavy.  I am totaly off of it now but I am wondering if I did permanent damage to myself from that.  I guess it doesnt matter but I look back and feel stupid about it.  just wondering if you know anything about that.


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Re: Heroin and Permanent Damage
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2012, 04:29:54 pm »
I doubt that the permanent damage came from that.  The reason I say that is that there are several studies that show that it is reversible once you get off the heroin/opiods/morphine, etc.

Looks at these studies:

This study showed that men given morphine had hypogonadism and recovered once they went off the morphine:
"Hypogonadism in Patients Treated With Intrathecal Morphine"
"However, drug-induced testosterone suppression does not appear to be permanent in adult addicts. Recovery of testosterone levels to normal occurred after about one month of heroin abstinence."

Also, this study said that primary hypogonadism was not an issue:  "Primary testicular failure was an uncommon cause of hypogonadism."
"Hypogonadism in men receiving methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment"

For anyone else reading, though, heroin often hammers testosterone and messes with GnRH in the short term:


"Endocrine studies in heroin addicts"

This study found that men "frequent, sometimes profound deficiencies" in hormones.
"Narcotic-Induced Hypogonadism During Therapy for Heroin Addiction"

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Re: Heroin and Permanent Damage
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2012, 04:29:54 pm »