TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Methadone
medication frequently depresses estradiol, progesterone and testosterone
hormone levels to menopausal levels, even in women less than thirty years old.
Hormonal suppression, caused by methadone, can cause depression, anxiety,
fatigue, weight gain, bone loss, bladder pain, decreased pain tolerance,
hot flashes, and increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
Dr. Rick Sponaugle, Medical Director of Florida Detox,
observed, "Thirty of the last thirty female methadone patients,
between 20 and 30 years old, who we detoxed from methadone arrived with
estradiol, progesterone or testosterone hormone levels, in the post
A 1975 University of Pennsylvania study revealed severe
hormonal suppression caused by narcotic pain medications. Despite this
study, most methadone patients report physicians prescribing methadone
failed to inform them of hormonal suppression risks caused by methadone.
Physicians prescribing methadone, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, morphine
and other opiate pain medications, seldom test or treat patients for
hormonal deficiencies caused by these medications.
Although studies reveal methadone and other opiate pain
medications do not benefit fibromyalgia patients, physicians frequently
prescribe opiate pain medications to fibromyalgia patients. Fibromyalgia
patients frequently become addicted to ineffective opiate pain medications,