Testosterone Replacement







One of the major complications of opioid usage is a decline in body testosterone levels.
The symptoms of low testosterone, in women and men, are as follows:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Depression
  3. Opioid medication less effective (for pain control)
  4. Decrease in libido
  5. Loss of motivation and interest in life
  6. Poor healing

If you are experiencing the above symptoms, you should have your testosterone blood level checked. This is done by a single blood test taken at anytime of day. The laboratory will determine if you are deficient.

Low testosterone levels have been observed with essentially all oral and intrathecal opioids.   Low testosterone serum levels are primarily caused by opioid suppression of GnRH in the hypothalamus. Opioids may also directly impair testosterone production in the adrenal or gonads. Both causes of hypotestosteronemia may simultaneously exist. Also, both cases require testosterone replacement. It is unknown if testosterone suppression by opioids is opioid-specific, dose-related, or related to opioid serum levels.

Vivify Medical of Philadelphia and Norristown, Pennsylvania offers Testosterone replacement therapy for both men and women.  Testosterone levels are ordered and evaluated on all our opioid dependent patients.  Those patients with low lab values and who have symptoms of low testosterone will be offered replacement.  Dr. Watson is trained and certified in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).  Testosterone is just one of the essential hormones we offer to Optimize at Vivify Medical.  If you want to learn more about BHRT, just click on the Bio-Identical hormone replacement in the above menu.

Since 2002 we have been improving the quality of life for our patients throughout Montgomery county ( Abington , Blue Bell , Bridgeport , Conshohocken , Fort Washington , Hatboro , Horsham , King of Prussia , Lansdale , Limerick , Main Line , Merion , Narberth , North Wales , Plymouth Meeting , Pottstown , Schwenksville , Skippack , Villanova , Wayne , Whitpain , Willow Grove , Wyndmoor , and Wynnewood ), the greater Philadelphia metro area, and Delaware.

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