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Avoid These Medications to Improve Testosterone Levels
A testosterone deficiency can occur in males for a variety of reasons. Typically, testosterone levels are low and inconsistent when a male has a disease or a damaged hypothalamus, pituitary gland or impaired testicles. Low testosterone levels can eventually lead to other issues like abnormalities in muscle and bone development, underdeveloped genitalia and diminished virility. Testosterone levels can also decrease if a male takes specific types of medication.
Taken for pain, opioids are popular drugs that people can take post-surgery, after an injury, for chronic pain relief or any other type of serious discomfort. As much as opioids are a type of successful prescription drug that alleviate agony in those who take it, they do come with a negative side effect for males. Opioids that are taken every eight to 12 hours, on a long-acting basis, increase a male’s risk of developing low testosterone. Opioids that are taken on a shorter term can also decrease testosterone levels as well, though not as much.
Anti-Anxiety and Antidepressants
Men who suffer from anxiety disorders, or any form of depression, may take some kind of medication to counteract their symptoms and switch up their genetic makeup to lessen feelings of uneasiness, repetitive thoughts—or even suicidal tendencies. Those who take anti-anxiety medication or antidepressants, though, tend to experience a shift in hormone levels, specifically testosterone.
When a man has high cholesterol levels, medical doctors usually prescribe a statin to lower those levels to a healthier number. However, since cholesterol is a naturally occurring component of sex hormones in males, lowering cholesterol levels with a statin ultimately lowers testosterone levels as well. Even though it is important to lower cholesterol levels, it is equally important to maintain normal testosterone levels in men, too.
Alcohol in Excess and Recreational Drug Use
Those who abuse alcohol, including but not limited to binge drinking and drinking too frequently, will definitely experience lowered testosterone levels than they should actually have. Similarly, taking street drugs, as well as any other recreational drug use, will certainly decrease testosterone levels as well. This type of lifestyle will take a serious toll on a male’s body and its negative effects are guaranteed to hurt a man’s testosterone.
Hypertension and Beta-Blocker Medications
Both beta-blockers and hypertension medications are prescribed to men who must reduce their blood pressure levels and keep them in check. The beta-blockers and hypertension medications that reduce blood pressure via diuretics have the ability to decrease testosterone levels in a man’s body, so even though they are helping out the heart, it is also hurting their bodies in a different way at the same time.
Receive Low Testosterone Treatment at Dr. Ron S Israeli’s Practice
Although some men may not know right away, there are a few tell-tale signs and symptoms that will prove whether or not a man has low testosterone levels. Erectile dysfunction, a reduced intensity of orgasm and genital sensation, low bone mineral density, hot flashes, breast discomfort, loss of pubic hairs, feelings of depression, anemia, increased BMI and body fat, and diminished physical performance are all symptoms. Men who are experiencing these signs should contact Dr. Ron S Israeli, a New Jersey board certified urologist and prostate cancer specialist. Dr. Ron S Israeli can treat low testosterone with testosterone creams, oral testosterone supplements and other options as well. Men who would like to learn more should contact Dr. Ron S Israeli’s office by calling 973-251-2055, or fill out an online form.