Is Methadone causing ED problems?
I recently switched from 300 mg of Ultram a day for chronic pain, to 40 mg of Methadone. I am a installer for Dish Network and my job is very physical. I have to bust ass almost every day to get my work done. I also have Hep C which causes some problems. It’s catch 22, the only way I can perform the work I do is by taking something for the chronic pain I have. It is in the knees, legs, hands, neck and back.
I am 50 years old, thin, tone, and lean. My health is good. I have never had any major problems from the Hep C. A lot of the side effects from it are the same as getting older. So it is hard to tell what the problem really is. I also have some moderate depression from life situations that I am in now. Nothing severe. I don’t take antidepressants because of there side effects.
The problem is since I started the Methadone I am not having good nocturnal erections. Upon waking during REM I have at the most semi wood. Same for morning wood. no rock hard erections in the mornings. Only semi erections and they go away very fast. Also my sex drive (libido) is zero. I have read a lot on Methadone side effects and I have seen nothing about erection problems. They do mention possible side effects of loss of interest, and delayed orgasms.
I didn’t seem to have the problem near as bad when on the Ultram and when I kept my doses down. But the Utram was loosing it’s ability to work for my pain and I was having to take more to take care of the pain, which started causing ED problems. When I was on the lower dose I was having good erections. There was still some libido problems though.
I am really at a loss of what to do. I can’t seem to get any good answers from anyone. Is the Methadone causing these problems? Is it my age that is doing it? Is it a combination of things? Is there something else going on, my testosterone is decent?
It almost seems that the Methadone is causing it. But it is not listed as a side effect of it. It is really starting to get me down.
How are some of you other guys doing in your 50’s? Are you having good strong nocturnal erections, and morning wood? If not are you experiencing any other problems? I would like every one to be very honest about how things are going for them. It seems every time I turn around I here or see guys on TV, ones I work with, ect, talking it up like there still in there prime. I just don’t think that many guys are having it that good. Maybe there self esteem is talking in some cases, and not the truth.
Looking forward to some replies.
Last edited by Tweaking : 11-21-2010 at .