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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been on hydrocodone for about 6 or 7 months(10mgs)actually for thebetter part of the last 3 years but not every month. Can this cause low test or low "free test"?
Doctor :   HI,
User :   hello
User :   Are you there?
Doctor :   yes, do you mean testosterone values ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   yes , there are chances where the drug can reduce the testosterone levels
Doctor :   the inhibition is art the central level
User :   Is there a normal amout of time you would have to be on this medicine to effect hormones
Doctor :   This is known as "central hypogonadism"
Doctor :   in some even a short course for less than a month too will affect the levels of the hormone
Doctor :   in long term use about 80 % cases do record low testosterone levels
User :   would low libido (nonexistant) be one symptom?
User :   And loss of muscle tone!
Doctor :   yes,
Doctor :   yes, muscle tone too , also in some it can lead to anemia ( blood lessness )
User :   Would stopping the medicine immediately be more harmful
Doctor :   stopping helpful , but on a tapered manner
User :   You mean to lower the dosage gradually?
Doctor :   and also there may be need of testosterone injections depending on the levels
Doctor :   yes, gradual dose lowering
User :   Ok, that is all i have, Thank you
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   Bye for now
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