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Opioid Induced Androgen Deficiency (OPIAD)

Discussion in 'Men's Health Forum' started by DaGeneral, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

    Varma A, Sapra M, Iranmanesh A. Impact of opioid therapy on gonadal hormones: focus on buprenorphine. Hormone molecular biology and clinical investigation 2018.

    Objective The USA is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Understanding the impact of opioids and commonly used treatments for opioid dependence is essential for clinicians and researchers in order to educate and treat the nation's growing population with opioid use disorders. As a relatively new treatment for opioid dependence, buprenorphine is gaining popularity to the extent of becoming not only a preferred approach to the maintenance of opiate addiction, but also an option for chronic pain management. The purpose of this report is to review the available evidence on the endocrine effects of buprenorphine, particularly as it relates to the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, which is controversial and not fully defined.

    Method We conducted a Pubmed search (2000-2017) for human studies in the English language for articles that were available as full length regarding buprenorphine, endocrinopathy, hypogonadism, bone density, opioids. Case reports were also reviewed, although prospective studies and randomized controlled trials received more weight.

    Results Opioid induced hypogonadism is well established. Most studies report that buprenorphine being a partial agonist/antagonist may not be impacting the pituitary trophic hormones as much. There are reports of sexual dysfunction in subjects maintained on buprenorphine, some without hormonal correlation. Thus with the understanding that pertinent clinical studies are limited in number, varied in methodology, mostly cross sectional, predominantly in men and small number of participants, more research in this area is warranted.

    Conclusion Based on a comprehensive review of the available literature, we conclude that despite its increasing popularity, buprenorphine has not been adequately studied in respect to its long-term effects on the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. There is a great need for longitudinal systematic trials to define the potential buprenorphine-induced endocrine consequences.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2018
  2. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

    An Internet Based Survey to Assess Clinicians' Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Opioid Induced Hypogonadism

    BACKGROUND: Long term opioid therapy for chronic pain management requires regularly assessing and documenting benefits and side effects. Opioid-induced sex hormone disturbances are a complication that needs to be assessed routinely and perhaps not only when suspected.

    There is abundant literature about its prevalence, clinical consequences and treatment yet, routine hormone screening and appropriate treatment are seldom performed in pain clinics. Ignorance, scepticism and/or indifference are possible reasons explaining why opioid induced hypogonadism (OIH) remains underdiagnosed among chronic pain patients.

    METHODS: Internet based survey reaching out to pain clinicians to assess their knowledge and attitudes regarding OIH.

    RESULTS: A total of 135 responses were received, representing a 23.7% response rate. Analysis of responses showed that 47% of responders were somewhat familiar with this complication but their knowledge about the prevalence and the time to develop was very dispersed. The screening for OIH is decided upon suspicion of its presence (50%) but not routinely (38%).

    Lack of knowledge was the most frequent reason adduced for not screening for OIH.

    Sex-related symptoms and signs are the most relevant leading to suspicion and screening of OIH. Upon lab confirmation, most responders refer their patients to endocrinology (82%) for further management since most (60%) believe that testosterone replacement would improve their patients' health.

    CONCLUSIONS: knowledge and attitudes towards OIH was disperse among this population of pain clinicians invited to participate in the research. Lack of knowledge and incertitude seems to impact the attitudes towards screening and treating OIH. B

    Better medical training at undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as continuous medical education may contribute to raising awareness about this complication and providing early treatment.

    Hochberg U, Ojeda A, Brill S, Perez J. An internet based survey to assess clinicians' knowledge and attitudes towards opioid induced hypogonadism. Pain practice : the official journal of World Institute of Pain 2018.
  3. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

    Opioid-Induced Androgen Deficiency (OPIAD): Prevalence, Consequence, and Efficacy of testosterone Replacement

    Opioid analgesics are increasingly prescribed for both cancer-related and non-cancer pain. Chronic opioid use suppresses the hypothalamic pituitary gonadal axis resulting in secondary testosterone deficiency, known as Opioid Induced Androgen Deficiency (OPIAD).

    Persistently low testosterone levels are associated with adverse musculoskeletal, metabolic and neuropsychiatric consequences. Opioid adverse effects occur soon after administration, is dose-duration dependent, and often durable despite withdrawal of opioids. All forms of opioids are implicated. Long-acting opioids may be more harmful and opioids with reduced μ-receptor agonism may be protective.

    Testosterone replacement may modulate pain threshold and improve function. Some hypogonadal symptoms may improve with testosterone replacement. Testosterone replacement is recommended for symptomatic hypogonadal males with unequivocally low testosterone levels.

    Ho K. Opioid-Induced Androgen Deficiency (OPIAD): Prevalence, Consequence, and Efficacy of Testosterone Replacement. Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research 2019.
  4. Anthony Minerva

    Anthony Minerva Member Supporter

    Don't blame opiates for you being a natural beta
  5. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

    Opioid-Induced Hypogonadism

    Objective: To examine the incidence of screening, diagnosis, and treatment of hypogonadism among men treated with opioids in the United States.

    Patients and Methods: Using one of the nation's largest commercial insurance databases, we identified 53,888 men aged 20 years or older who had 90 or more days of opioid prescriptions in a single 12-month period between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2017, with no history of hypogonadism or testosterone therapy in the preceding 12 months. We matched this cohort to 53,888 men with 14 or fewer days of opioid prescriptions based on age, opioid initiation date, opioid indication, and comparable exclusion criteria.

    We assessed whether men, 14 or fewer days after initiation of opioid treatment, received a serum testosterone test, a diagnosis of hypogonadism, or a prescription for testosterone therapy. All men were followed up until they lost coverage from the commercial insurance plan, experienced one of the study outcomes, or the end of study (December 31, 2017).

    Results: In the multivariable analyses-adjusting for age, year of opioid initiation, region, comorbid disease, glucocorticoid use, and health care utilization-the 53,888 prolonged opioid users, in comparison with 53,888 short-term users, had an increased incidence of serum testosterone screening (5991 [17.15%; 95% CI, 16.70%-17.61%] vs 3514 [11.55%; 95% CI, 11.11%-12.01%] at 5 years; hazard ratio [HR], 1.46; 95% CI, 1.38-1.55), hypogonadism diagnosis (3125 [9.44%; 95% CI, 9.09%-9.80%] vs 1421 [4.85%; 95% CI, 4.55%-5.16%; HR, 1.74; 95% CI, 1.60-1.90]), and receipt of testosterone therapy (1919 [5.76%; 95% CI, 5.49%-6.05%] vs 631 [2.21%; 95% CI, 2.04%-2.43%; HR, 2.41; 95% CI, 2.13-2.74]). Each of these findings persisted across multiple sensitivity analyses.

    Conclusion: Prolonged opioid exposure was associated with increased rates of screening, diagnosis, and treatment for opioid-induced hypogonadism, but these rates were much lower than expected based on previous serum-based studies.

    Baillargeon J, Raji MA, Urban RJ, et al. Opioid-Induced Hypogonadism in the United States. Mayo Clinic proceedings Innovations, quality & outcomes 2019;3:276-84.
  6. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

    Sexual Dysfunction in Tramadol Hydrochloride Use Disorder

    Evidence suggests that opioids can modulate gonadal function, with consequent decreased release of sex hormones. We attempted to investigate the sexual function of males using tramadol hydrochloride (HCL) and its relationship to levels of free testosterone, luteinizing hormone, and follicle stimulating hormone, and to compare them with heroin use disorder patients and healthy controls.

    Our sample consisted of 60 opiate use disorder patients (assessed by Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I) (30 heroin and 30 tramadol) and 30 healthy controls. Sexual dysfunction was assessed using the International Index of Erectile Function. Free testosterone, follicle stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone levels were measured in morning blood samples using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).

    Results showed that there was a decrease of luteinizing hormone and free testosterone levels in opiate use disorder patients compared with healthy controls, with heroin-dependent patients having significantly lower levels than those using tramadol. Opiates' effect on follicle stimulating hormone had mixed results. Opioid-dependent patients (both tramadol HCL and heroin using patients) developed sexual dysfunction more than healthy controls, which was generalized, with erectile dysfunction being the most affected domain.

    These findings are of ultimate importance, considering the fact that people use opioids to enhance their sexual performance in many countries.

    Hashim MA, El Rasheed AH, Ismail GAW, et al. Sexual dysfunction in tramadol Hydrochloride use disorder male patients: a case-control study. International clinical psychopharmacology 2019. Sexual dysfunction in tramadol Hydrochloride use disorder... : International Clinical Psychopharmacology
  7. FLTestlab

    FLTestlab Member

    My friend that has been using subutex for many years now has low T. He had a history of opiod use due to a bad car accident. After sevreal years using diludid he switched to subutex to try to get off and noticed a big decline in T levels. His doctor that prescribes subutex now also prescribes patients testosterone. Thanks for the article. Ill nees to show him this.
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  8. balco

    balco Member

    I agree testosterone needs to be prescribed when being on long term opiates, but it's just another racket for "addiction" doctors.
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