Hey there guys and girls. Are you suffering from low libido while taking Suboxone, Methadone, heroin or Rx opiates? If you answered “no” to this question, this article is not for you.
However, if you screamed “YES!”, I believe I can help…and I’ve also been in your shoes.
While I was on Suboxone, I basically had no sex drive whatsoever. But then as soon as I got off I had a different problem…I could no longer last as long in bed! Luckily this subsided in a few months, but I still would’ve rather avoided it, ya know?
The truth is, regular use of opioids can result in some seriously unwanted sexual side-effects.
Whether you’re male or female, the information in this article can help to shed the light on why you may be having difficulties in the bedroom.
Furthermore, I will provide you with some extremely effective tips for boosting sex drive while you’re still on Suboxone, Methadone, heroin or Rx opiates.
And just because I’m feeling like I want to make this article truly complete…I will provide the men reading this with natural and simple ways to last longer in bed after coming off opiates!
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Every Individual is Biochemically Unique
Though we are all human and have the same organs and bodily systems, we differ in our biochemical makeup. This is why one person who switches from heroin to Suboxone takes a huge loss in the libido department, while someone else in the exact same situation will experience a huge increase in sex drive after being placed on Suboxone.
While Rx opiates can help with pain, and Suboxone and Methadone can help you stay clean, hold a job, and take care of your family, the loss of libido as a result of taking these medications can cause considerable problems in a relationship.
A good sex life is paramount to the sustainability of a healthy relationship.
Furthermore, when there is a significant loss of libido in one or both partners, passion can fade.
If a male suffers from erectile dysfunction (ED) in a relationship, this can lead to psychological problems. Feelings of insecurity and despair can result from not being able to perform in bed with the person you love.
If it’s the woman who lacks libido, and she doesn’t want to have sex, this can aggravate certain men.
When I was a counselor at an Opiate Treatment Program (OTP), many of my patients on Suboxone and Methadone (both male and female) complained of having no sex drive. For the single people it was no big deal.
However, there were plenty of couples on Methadone where both partners were suffering from no sex drive, and I saw it cause some serious problems in their relationships.
If you’re suffering from a significant loss of libido while taking opiates, there is a chance you could have opioid-induced endocrinopathy.
Below is a quote from the article Opioid-Induced Endocrinopathy, written in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association:
Concern has grown regarding the adverse consequences of opioid treatment, which range from fatigue and depression to sexual dysfunction. Opioid-induced endocrinopathy is one of the most common yet least often diagnosed consequences of prolonged opioid therapy. Sustained-action opioids used on a daily basis for more than a month have a number of adverse effects on human endocrine function.”
I highly recommend reading the entire article. It’s extremely complex, and you’d probably have to be a doctor to understand it completely, but you should be able to get the general idea nonetheless.
Common symptoms of opioid-induced endocrinopathy are:
- Decreased libido
- Weight gain
- Decreased muscle mass
- Erectile dysfunction
- Menstrual irregularities
- Vasomotor instability
Note: If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms on sustained action opioids such as Suboxone, Methadone, time-released Rx opiates etc., you can talk to your doctor about getting checked for opioid-induced endocrinopathy. They will run some tests which include, but are not limited to, measuring your testosterone and other hormone levels.
Currently, the most prescribed treatment for opioid-induced endocrinopathy is:
- Males – Testosterone supplementation
- Females – DHEA supplementation
*Also, rotation to a different opioid is sometimes beneficial, particularly for women.
Natural Ways to Boost Libido on Opioids
The most obvious way to increase your libido would be to come off the opioid you are taking, or to taper down to a lower dose level. But that’s a very drastic measure to take just to get your mojo back.
You will come off the opioid you are taking when the time is right for you. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to pump up your sex drive on opioids.
Regardless of whether or not you have opioid-induced endocrinopathy, the following list of all-natural supplements can boost libido in a major way.
Nitro Xtreme is the “Holy Grail” when it comes to increasing sexual function. Why? Well, this supplement has been clinically proven to increase the body’s natural production of nitric oxide. Why is nitric oxide important?
Let me explain.
You see, Viagra and other impotence medications work due to their action on the nitric oxide pathway. One cause of impotence is unhealthy and aged arteries that feed blood to the sexual organs.
Viagra works by influencing enzymes in the nitric oxide pathway, causing a cascade of enzymatic reactions that enhance nitric oxide, causing more blood flow and better erections. More blood flow also helps women increase their sexual function and pleasure.
My #1 favorite supplement for increasing libido and sexual function while taking opioids is Nitro Xtreme.
Nitro has Certified Organic noni concentrate in it. Noni is a fruit that grows in Hawaii. I take this product three times a day, and I have to say…this is some POWERFUL stuff!!!
Directions: Take 20 drops in the morning, 20 drops in the afternoon, and 20 drops in the evening.
2. Maca Root Powder
Maca is a plant that grows in the Andes mountains. It’s used for a wide variety of conditions. The benefits I will focus on are those that are relevant to this article.
Maca is commonly used for:
- Boosting energy
- Increasing stamina
- Enhancing athletic performance
- Enhancing fertility
- To arouse sexual desire
- Erectile dysfunction
- Women use maca for female hormone imbalance
Maca may be particularly beneficial in the treatment of opioid-induced endocrinopathy.
In a study from 2006, maca applied to early-postmenopausal women:
- Acted as a toner of hormonal processes along the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian axis.
- Balanced hormone levels.
- Provided an alternative non-hormonal plant option to reduce dependence on hormone therapy programs (HRT).
In a study from 2001, maca was shown to increase sperm volume, sperm count per ejaculation, mobile sperm count, and sperm motility.
To sum things up, maca is a powerful adaptogen plant that can balance hormones, increase sperm by up to 300% or more, and increase libido in both men and women.
I go on phases where I take a tablespoon of maca root powder everyday. It gives me energy, stamina, enhances mood, and boosts my libido in a major way.
Directions: I recommend starting with one teaspoon of maca root powder first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Mix it with water, juice or milk. Work your way up to a tablespoon per day over the next few weeks and watch your libido go through the roof!
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3. Horny Goat Weed
Epimedium, better known in America as “horny goat weed”, is an herb that has been a traditional remedy in China for centuries. It’s most commonly used for low libido, erectile dysfunction, pain and fatigue.
There have been several studies that have suggested horny goat weed can improve nitric oxide flow to the penis, resulting in harder erections. The active compound present in the herb is called icariin.
Icariin does two important actions:
- Inhibits the activity of the protein phosphodiesterase type 5, which results in increased male sexual stimulation.
- Increases the amount of nitric oxide produced in the cells that line the inside of blood vessels, which leads to making erections easier to obtain.
I recommend taking the Pure Healthland formula below. It’s an extremely high-quality and strong formula that combines horny goat weed with maca and other nutrients for treating sexual dysfunction.
Directions: Take two capsules daily with food, 1-2 hours before physical activity.
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Yohimbe is an evergreen tree that is one of the most popular herbal remedies for male sexual dysfunction, and has been shown in studies to increase blood flow to the genitals of both men and women, proving to be helpful to individuals with low libido.
The active chemical that offers these benefits is called yohimbine, and it’s found in the bark of the tree.
Benefits of yohimbe include:
- Supports healthy libido
- May help to make erection firmer
- May help to sustain erection
- Supports healthy circulation to the male reproductive organs
- Supports fat loss
Note: I used to take a fat-burning supplement that had yohimbe mixed with caffeine. It gave me a ton of energy (due to the 100 mg of caffeine), but I had to stop taking it because the yohimbe made me way too aroused. I was basically a walking erection. Strong stuff indeed! Use with caution…
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Cordyceps sinensis is a tiny fungal growth found in the Tibetan highland. Cordyceps highly influences the release of testosterone, by increasing the blood circulation and thus making the erection sturdier. Three Chinese studies including over 200 men with “reduced libido and other sexual problems” showed remarkably similar results.
On average, 64% of the coryceps-users reported significant improvement at the conclusion of the experimental period compared with 24% of the placebo group.
Note: Cordyceps is not for men alone. Women were shown in studies to experience an increase in sexual desire and satisfaction while on a regular cordyceps regimen as well.
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Ginseng is a root that is commonly used in Asia for the treatment of sexual dysfunction. Studies in laboratory animals have shown that both Asian and American forms of ginseng enhance libido.
Ginseng, like a lot of herbs, is thought to work by helping the body make more nitric oxide…as Viagra does.
There is also good evidence that the ginsenosides in ginseng can facilitate penile erection by directly inducing the vasodilatation and relaxation of penile corpus cavernosum.
Note: Ginseng is also one of my favorite supplements for fighting fatigue and increasing natural energy while tapering or coming off opioids completely. My qigong instructor introduced me to the highest-quality ginseng tincture on the market, and now nothing else even compares. I definitely notice a libido boost whenever I take Shen Nong’s Ginseng. 3-6 droppers per day I’ve found works extremely well at increasing energy and libido.
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How to Last Longer in Bed After Coming Off Opiates
When you take opioids, they have a strong tendency to delay ejaculation. Some men have become rock stars in the bedroom due to lasting forever taking Methadone, Suboxone, heroin or Rx opiates. However, when you stop taking opioids your body can often rebound in the opposite direction.
This can result in sex that ends about as quickly as it begins.
The following list of tips can help to make men last longer after coming off opioids:
- Mucuna Pruriens – A natural supplement that can help delay ejaculation.
- Kratom – A plant that binds to the same mu opioid receptors in the brain that opioid drugs bind to, so it produces similar effects, including delayed ejaculation (caution: this plant can be extremely addictive and you can go through withdrawal symptoms similar or identical to opiate withdrawal if you take it too often).
- Tantric Sex – Regular sex is basically completion (orgasm) focused. Tantric sex is cosmic, divine, spiritual and present moment oriented. It teaches us slow, non-orgasmic sexual intercourse. The purpose is for partners to become enlightened and to “dissolve into each other”, not to have sex like porn stars. I’ve been involved with tantric sex for the past six months and it has changed my life.
If you have any questions about any of the supplements I mentioned or about opioid-induced endocrinopathy, please feel free to leave them in the comment box below.