Does Suboxone influence your sex drive or ability to get and maintain an erection? Which medication, buprenorphine or methadone has greater sexual side effects?
The long term use of most opiates will have a negative effect on libido, and in some cases, on a man's ability to achieve or maintain a satisfactory erection; and during maintenance treatment with suboxone or methadone, some people will experience sexual side effects that include a loss of desire and a lessened ability to get an erection, or to ejaculate, and in women to achieve an orgasm.
Methadone has been extensively studied, and much is known about the sexual side effects experienced during MM treatment. Long term methadone patients will experience a reduction in basal testosterone levels over time, and ED (erectile dysfunction) or the ability to achieve a satisfactory erection is frequently associated with the use of the replacement opiate therapy. In a recent study in Italy, 42% of men in an opiate substitution program experienced some degree of erectile dysfunction. Obviously, a certain percentage of these men would likely experience ED whether or not they were taking opiate type medications.
Methadone, especially the longer term use of high dosage methadone, is known to induce hypogonadism in some men,
Research on MMT/Bup and Sexual Dysfunction
- Australian ED Study (2007)
An Australian study which compared methadone and buprenorphine's effect on ED
- German Testosterone Study
A study evaluating the influence of bup and MMT on basal testosterone levels.
Is Suboxone Better than Methadone?
Buprenorphine (Suboxone) is far less well studied than methadone, but a couple of recent studies have examined the prevalence rates of ED in men taking methadone and buprenorphine.
A 2005 German study examined the influence of methadone and buprenorphine on plasma testosterone levels, and found that methadone had a significant reducing influence on baseline testosterone levels, but buprenorphine did not significantly change these testosterone levels.
A study in 2007 out of Australia indicates that while methadone is likely to induce ED, buprenorphine is not likely to cause an increased rate of erectile difficulty.
The research seems to indicate that for men at least, suboxone creates fewer sexual side effects than methadone.
Although Suboxone is thought to create fewer sexual side effects that Methadone, anecdotal reports by users of buprenorphine indicate that it is giving some people problems. Although men seem to infrequently complain about an inability to achieve an erection, both men and women complain that the Suboxone can diminish sexual desire (libido) and that it can make it more difficult for men to ejaculate, and for women to achieve orgasm.
Anecdotally, people who suffer these sexual side effects report that they are lessened or removed by dose reductions, and are completely reversible with the cessation of Suboxone use.
Suboxone and Sex
Many people can take Suboxone without any appreciable sexual side effects. A small percentage of users will experience a loss in libido or a loss in the ability to achieve ejaculation/orgasm. Although methadone is known to reduce testosterone levels and induce ED, Suboxone is not thought to do so, or at least, not to the same degree.
Anecdotal reports indicate that Suboxone induced sexual dysfunction is not permanent, and that it is bettered upon dosage reduction, and eliminated upon cessation of Suboxone usage.
Brandon on April 16, 2020:
Suboxone does the total oppisite for me. Been on it for three months and it acts as s kind of afrodesiac for me. Excellent full solid erections, lengthy performance time, and powerful explosive orgasms. It makes me very excitable and want sex more. I guess rveryone is different but im very satisfied by this as well as its opiate treatment . I even quit smoking ciggerettes. I couldnt be happier with the results im getting. The only con is staying asleep, i wake up 3 or 4 times a night but the good far out weighs the bad.
sex and suboxone on December 09, 2017:
I have been using suboxone for about three years. I must say that it also is addicting as there are times when you feel stoned. Recently I noticed that I could not achieve orgasm When I had taken Suboxone 24 hours before having sex with my wife. Recently I started having a problem achieving a erection so I am stopping the use of suboxone to see where that leaves me. I desperately want to have sex with my wife and have suffered some embarrassing experiences trying to have sex with her due to the Suboxone use. We will see where my not taking suboxone life leads me.
Me on October 20, 2016:
Methadone blocked my orgasms completely, unless in withdrawals, but I wasn't really motivated to chase it. Now on a low dose of bupe, it's very intense WHEN it happens. When I was on 1-2mg: would have to do it right before dosing or let myself get into withdrawals first. 125-500mcg - when the bupe is peaking, I either can't or it's dampened. But 95% of the time, I'm overly functional now. Pretty sure my dopamine receptors are oversensitive because orgasms send me super loopy these days.
If you're on high dose bupe (or methadone), take the opportunity every time you're in withdrawals. It becomes almost premature.
SingleWife! on May 29, 2014:
My husbands been on suboxone for almost 4 years...We haven't had ANY kind of emotional or physical connection in at least 3 years ;( I will never understand how someone could choose between a medication and their family. I dealt with his addiction for 13 years, now I'm dealing with his absence. It's not worth it!
u on May 06, 2013:
I'm sorry, but all our stories are the same. Our men don't have sex drive and can't get it up. Well my boyfriend has the drive, but not the immense hard on he's always had and the ability to use it the way he can. What's the solution-- Viagra failed, but Cialis seemed to really work. Will the doc prescribe this ED prescription or not?
There's not a lot of conversation about how to remedy this plague on sexuality (maybe we deserve it). Love without sex is not enough. You need to connect mentally, emotionally and PHYSICALLY--it's a triangle and true love can not be complete without it! Help!
tablita5 on September 23, 2012:
i needed answers as did my wife its hard knowing you have the most sexiest wife and not be able to satisfy her in bed yet even keep an erction ..since i got on this surboxzone i have not been able to stay hard which it was starting to afect me mentaly to the point that i would be reluctant to start any intercourse cause of past expireances so i asked her to go on line to find out if the sub.s were affecting me in bed and am so glad we did find this page cause it not only put me at ease ,,but i hope that it let her know it had nothing to do with my love for her or weather i was sexually attracted to her ..she a sexy bitch in bed and drive me crazy too but am frustrated that i want her and know that any arection is not enjoyed ..since this we have come to the conclusion that coming off the sub.s is the the answer to a beter sex life ,,God willing ....
Worried girlfriend on July 03, 2012:
I've been seeing my boyfriend for almost 2 months now. He's been on suboxone for a little over 3 months. When we first got together he seemed very into me, always wanting to kiss me and hug me, and we were having sex very frequently. Now it's like he doesn't even want to hardly touch me, kiss me or anything. We spend time together and have a good time but it's like there is hardly any intimacy. Is this normal the longer you're on suboxone? He acts like things are fine and when I mention it he says I act like I'm not satisfied with him. I just want to feel needed and pray it's just the suboxone and eventually it will get better.
Boner on June 20, 2012:
Oh but sperm count is low lol. I literally tried my buddy out halfway through this article because you guys scared me. I'm 35 yrs old btw.
Boner on June 20, 2012:
Really sorry to hear about this. I guess I should be counting my lucky stars. I started subs 2 weeks ago and feel like I'm in puberty again. Is it because I did so much oxis before? No joke I think it even grew lol. Sorry not bragging just wanted to post so you can see that there's some that aren't affected.
Chrissie on May 28, 2012:
I have been in a relationship with my b/f for 8 years. He is on 170mg of methadone. Unfortunately for 7 years we have been sexless. I have pretty much given my life to him. As of today I have decided to live for myself. I have spent most of my 20's sexless. I will not spend my 30's the same way. For all of you who are giving up your happiness, I ask you to look at your future. I want to have children and a happy healthy marriage. This will not happen while on methadone. If he can't get clean I have made the decision to move on! I feel for all of you who think their partners sobriety on this stuff is great. You are lying to your self. I know I did the same thing. They are not sober! Sober means clean off everything! In the meantime while your partner is on his/her methadone or sob. your sexuality will be lost and that feeling of being needed will go as well. Good luck and don't say you where not warned!
Rob on May 28, 2012:
Ive been on subs for almost a year and as everyone else my sex life was the bomb!!! Now my wife has left me of 5yrs and it's all because of subs!!! I'm on my 3rd day with no subs and I refuse to take them again no matter how hard it is going through withdraws!!!! Please wish me luck I'm so depressed!!!!! Robrussell72@yahoo.com send me support please!!!
melissa p on May 18, 2012:
Wow. I just have to say reading all this made me feel so much better. I have been with my boyfriend for a year. In the beginning we had the most mind blowing sex. As the relationship went on like maybe 6 months in I started noticing a distinct decrease in his sex drive. which made me feel like shit. like I wasn't attractive or something. It was really crushing. Then he started having dysfunction where it wouldn't stay hard, which made me feel even worse about myself. Well, he finally came clean about all the drug use and that he has been on suboxone the past 6 months trying to get clean for me and for him. I knew he had been a serious drug user before he met me for years. I also knew he went to rehab and was under the impression he had been clean since then. After i got over the initial anger of being lied too and the fear of possibly spending the rest of my life with a drug user and having kids with him, I realized I love him more than anything and I will do anything to support him through this journey to get clean. He is the most amazing, caring, loving man I have ever met and he's worht it. But, anyway, back to our sexlife. It was once out of this world and now it usually ends with me crying becuase he looses his errection half way through and I feel like he's not attracted to me. He would console me and say he loved me more than anything and thought i was so sexy and the thing is I know he does so I couldn't figure it out. Clearly it is the drug and not me and that makes me feel so much better. For all of you that are going through this process I wish you luck and thank you so much for sharing your story with me!
mrmatt on April 30, 2012:
I went thru the withdrawal. Worst six weeks of my life. Would you beleive I am back on the hell again. Just trying to pick right time
mike on April 29, 2012:
150% right your kids need you guys clean that's all I'm saying great job guys!
firstname.lastname@example.org on March 24, 2012:
I have been taking subs for a year now and I have expierienced a marked difference in my sex drive.
My girlfriend is twenty-three and smokin hot and there are times when I just cannot make steel at the forge-if you know what I mean. I know that before I started the subs I couldn't get enough sex and now I can take or leave it.
One thing that does help is DHEA. One hundred mills a day(4 pills). It helps but its still not the same. The only way to be sure is to get off the subs(yeah right).
If I didn't have such a loving understanding girlfriend I would probably be single.
30mg taper on March 07, 2012:
22 days of zero suboxone after four years of use with two year morphine sulfate/tar heroin precursor. My message will be one of hope as I only experienced two weeks of physical withdrawal and tapered with the above mentioned 15 2mg sublingual films.
I believe the most important factors in this success have been a habitual work out routine coupled with the final decision to want a substance free lifestyle. Also, I cannot deny the sex drive debilitating effects and last, my decision to stop abusing suboxone by dosing it in unorthodox ways.
The quick version of my taper is as follows. I began with two weeks of .5mg. Following this was two weeks of .25mg. I made attempts to jump off at .125mg but kept dosing twice a day and so made my jump at .25mg. My method was placing a ruler against each end of the 2mg strip, using a pen I would place a mark every 1/16 inch, crating 8 equal thin strips that I would cut with scissors.
For the duration I held back from the temptation of using in ways other than how prescribed. I had always used it in either of these three methods: insufflate, plug, and or sublingual. Maybe it’s user habit but I found that when placing under tongue, I would think about re-dosing through the day far less or not at all. I would place an alarm an hour before wake up time, giving it this time to absorb as I slept.
The year leading to my taper, I became accustomed to 1-2mg a day. This in itself perhaps could be considered tapering, but it never was an organized decision. If I obtained more or simply wanted to get high I would spike my levels and insufflate or plug as much as I wanted.
It’s strange to think back on myself and recall how I never noticed the gradual change in my person. The almost complete lack of sex drive being the primary culprit. I began suboxone use at age 23 and by 27 felt as if I had erectile dysfunction. I also see more clearly how much of every moment I would dedicate to suboxone. As any junky will tell, with it too I had rituals. I would have to dose before interacting with people, as an artist before any creative venture or participation in almost anything.
For all who may also have sex issues similar to what I noted above, there is good news. No more than two weeks after use ended an immediate change was felt. Its hard to describe so I will just say this, when I see someone I find appealing I can now feel it in my chest. Heart rate increase a almost tingling sensation in chest is felt and the obvious intense erection.
I am at a loss as to what else to mention. It may be too early to note on PAWS or my emotional state, but I sleep well now and feel a natural happy high through the day.
Having medicated myself for the last six years, I find joy in getting to know my real self again.
MAZ on February 20, 2012:
People let me tell you the subs arent the problem. Everyone is different when it comes to getting better. I am on 1 8 mg pill a day and let me tell you my life is much better because of the subs. I paid off 30K in debt to collections agencies, bought a house, involved in a good relationship, scored a great job, ect.. If I have to take a little pill to keep me frigging normal for the rest of my life instead of taking 7-10 80mg oxys a day then f it I will and not try and fight with am I still an addict, will I be able to get it up, am I depressed, are people judging me... Just know your limits and stay away from the opiates and please do not start methadone!!
wow on January 04, 2012:
On meth. maint. Program, NO SEX DRIVE NO ERECTION NO DESIRE NO GOOD!!!! On 80mg daily, But going in the morning to tell doc to start me on detox.....thought about getting on suboxone but after reading all this I think I just need not do nothing and pray I never go back to heroin.....THIS SUCKS!!!!!
frustrated on December 11, 2011:
i just wanted to say subutex saved my life. And i have no problen getting an erection and maintaining it for an hour or so.Im thirty years old and the thing that frustrates me is i can't ejaculate.But if i remember correctly suboxone never gave me this problem.Please give me all the feedback you can.
Gulber on December 08, 2011:
Good work..It is really is..Quite informative as well.I like it very much.Well explained one about Suboxone as well.Thanks a lot for sharing.:)
thanks on December 03, 2011:
first i just wanted to say thank you for everybody's comments, i read every single one of them & thank god I did. I've been clean for almost 2 years now. About 5 months ago I went to my doctor because i wanted to use but didn't want to use at the same time, so he prescribed me suboxone. My boyfriend & i had been dating for 3 months before this and had great sex multiple times a day most of the time due to my desire not even his. Anyway since i've been on the suoxone I've had no desire to have sex whatsoever which if you knew me is alien-like behavior. So I decided to investigate . First I thought it was my birth control because i had also started taking birth control pills at the same time as i started the suboxone. Unfortunately for me, the birth control pills caused me to get blood clots in my lungs so I HAD to stop taking them... Ironicly though this left me with only one option left as to why I never wanted to have sex consequently leaving my boyfriend completely miserable.I assumed it had to be the suboxone, so i decided to not take it for a couple days.. and as much as the withdrawals are lame.. the orgasm I got when i finally wanted to have sex which just so happened to be like 2 or 3 days later was definitely NOT lame. So for women who were complaining that there is no hope or solutions being given, that's one solution. Ween yourself down and get off it. Before I just stopped taking it I was down to 2 mg a day so i'm not saying this is just going to happen overnight. I am not saying that suboxone doesn't help get you off opiates because it does help and the only reason I didn't use suboxone to quit using heroin to begin with is because I went to jail for 4 months and anybody who has been to jail knows that they don't supply you with suboxone to make your stay comfortable. Atleast not in New York. But I do believe that it is unnecessary to stay on it for longer than a year..IT IS possible to not use drugs without having to take an alternative pill/film everyday.Learn self control, go to outpatient and do the work to learn how to stay clean. I did even after being clean for 4 months in jail.I went to a 90 day rehab followed by 9 months of intensive outpatient. And for people who are saying "be grateful for being clean. you're main concern should be staying clean, not having sex". I'm sorry but you must be either #1) in early stages of recovery on your pink cloud of just being happy to be able to hear a bird chirp in the morning & not far enough into recovery to even be ready for a real loving relationship or #2) an introvert who doesn't leave your house or have any fun whatsoever & whose idea of social interaction is playing xbox live with people around the world that you don't even know. Because i'm sorry but they're several articles/surveys etc. done that prove that a healthy sex life is necessary to make any relationship work. If i pissed you off by saying this, deal with it. Atleast i'm having good sex again and am happier than ever in my relationship not lying to myself living in a fairytale world of thinking "love is enough." If you're a woman dating a man who likes women than it's only a matter of time without you having sex with him before he goes and has sex with someone else... then you tell me "love is enough and we're just happy we're clean." Thanks for letting me share my opinion & thanks to everyone else for theirs, even if i didn't agree!
dialurdoctor on December 01, 2011:
thank you for ur valuable info which u have shared with us
sub on November 23, 2011:
First 24mg of sub is outrageous not to mention expensive. Should only need a max of 8 PD. Testosterone levels can be low and would be worth getting checked. That will cause loss of libido and erection trouble. Been on sub for 4 yrs and had libido and erection trouble. The Big T (Testosterone) was extremely low which can be replaced with medication. You should be about 650 and I was at 100. Helped a ton and in fact get erections out of the blue now which will calm down after a little while an dthen will be normal!! They are not sure if Sub's reduce the big T like methadone and opiates do. Still on sub and doing well. Working on getting off subs though over the next year. Just went down to 4 mg PD - Took 2 months to go from 8 to 4. and going to go even slower at 4 -0 as that is more sensitive.
ClaytonTX on November 10, 2011:
YES SUBOXONE ABSOLUTELY DECREASES TESTOSTERONE LEVELS!!! Take it from someone who has taken 30-60 10mg methadone a day for 3 yrs, got clean (by clean I mean absolutely NOTHING) then relapsed and started shooting heroine ($250 a day and 5 overdoses), then got off heroine with the suboxone program. I've always been active in the gym before the drugs and during my clean periods. My aggressiveness, sex-drive, mood, everything is greatly affected when I was on drugs and now on suboxone. My doc prescribed androgel which has helped, but my test levels are no where near where I want them to be. I know the most important thing is to stay off of heroine and other opiates. I am functioning and doing good on the suboxone. I have a great job and workout about 3x a week and have sex. But it's nothing like it was when I was taking NOTHING. Take it from someone who has been on EVERY opiate known to man with clean periods throughout. I've been on both sides and YES ALL opiates AND suboxone reduce testosterone. Suboxone less than heroine and methadone, but it still reduces it. My doc swears to me suboxone doesn't, but you have to keep in mind he is a pusher of suboxone. I SWEAR IT REDUCES TEST LEVELS!!! I've had it checked. I'm slowly weening myself off suboxone and have cut-down from 24 mil to 8 mil a day. I'm about to cut that down to 4 mil a day. I have noticed a change in testosterone since I've cut-down. I can notice a change without getting tests done every 3 months. Being well-rounded in fitness and being in the fitness industry I know what your supposed to feel like when you're healthy and clean and what suboxone/opiates do to you when you're on them. Eventhough your doc might tell you suboxone has nothing to do with your low test levels, it does!! Yes it's better for you to be on suboxone than heroine, but you're still not clean and you're not functioning at the highest level you could be sexually, in the gym, the bedroom, your mood, your energy, your motivation etc. So get off the heroine, or other opiates with suboxone if you have to, then get off the suboxone. I hope this article helps someone. I promise opiates AND suboxone reduce test levels!!!!
RitmoDeShufflé on November 09, 2011:
I read loads of these comments & it seems like in a lot of cases, our experiences contradict what Buprenorphine's "official" side effects are supposed to be - unless we're in that small percentile of unlucky users...
So here's my story, I'll try to keep it short!
Intravenous heroin user for four years, then 16mg of Suboxone for three years. My girlfriend had a similar history & living together, neither of us would have been able to kick the Subbies.
So, after four years together, we split up, I managed to quit Bupe after a few months & I've moved from the UK to Prague.
I've been Suboxo-clean now for exactly three months.
Over the last month I felt happy that my libido was returning. The usual - porn, noticing girls, sexy thoughts & self satisfaction ...but! Now I've finally found a beautiful, intelligent, sexy, cool young girl, I feel like a) I don't know what to do and b) when we do get it on, I can't get it up!
It sucks and I really like this girl, but there's no way she'll stick around if all I do is go down.
Three months! S**t, I hope I get back to normal.
Good luck everyone - just don't relapse! :)
MT13 on November 05, 2011:
My Fiancé and I have been together for a while now and have been trying to get pregnant for a year and he was taking methadone for about 5 years and I feel horrible because his sex drive was not there at all and it was causing huge fights between the two of us and now that I have read this I understand what he was going threw this whole time and I had no idea playing the " there's something wrong with me and he's not interested in me any more, I need to lose weight BS card" but now that he has been off methadone now for 3 wks it has been amazing things are back to normal and we are very happy again, plus his attitude is a lot better. The question I'm trying to get at is does any one know how long after the discontinue use of Methadone does it take for the re population of sperm count to come back??? We really want to get pregnant and want to do it the natural way not invetro. If anyone can help me out please let me know!! Thanks... If I cant seem to find my way back to this web page please email me at email@example.com
JizzyJ on November 04, 2011:
Listen for those of you saying you're not clean when you're on suboxone you have no idea what you're talking about. Sure you are taking a drug but it's amazing how you think sober/sleep sober/live sober/work sober/sex sober on suboxone. I've been off of everything and on everything and I feel more sober on suboxone than I feel off of it. I take 3-4 mgs per day and have for 6 months. I'm prescribed 16 mg but don't need nearly that much. Sex isn't a problem for me what-so-ever. Just curious if I can take arginine to work out or if it will drop my blood pressure and kill me... That's why I clicked on this site. Don't argue just be happy your boyfriend isn't out shooting heroin into his neck and robbing family. Sober is being a good person more than its not taking anything.
SKTcockerham from North Carolina on October 31, 2011:
Im 24 and my fiancé is 30. We just got engaged labor day of 2011 after 6 years of drug abuse. First it started with cocaine then i got clean (bc i got pregnant) then about 3 months after having our son we discovered oxycontin and opanas. I got hooked almost immediately due to other medical issues that cause chronic pain. I finally discovered suboxone and it saved both me and my fiance's lives. We did a complete and total 360 but the past few months have been so hard on our relationship due to MY decrease sex drive and when i say decrease i mean absolutly NONE! I use to LOVE sex and we had the best sex ever. I've never been with anyone that pleasures me like he does, hell i had my first orgasim with this man. For a while i had no idea why this was happening to me because it seems like his sex drive has went through the roof (meaning he wants it all the time) I don't know if this is bc I take more mg than he does or what but i think it's eventually going to end our relationship. I try telling him that its not him,its me but men have PRIDE and he's not "buying" that excuse, his self-esteem is being ruined bc of me and its not fair to him. He accuses me of "getting it somewhere else" and thinks its him, BUT ITS NOT! I love this man with all my heart and i would be devistated if this all came to an end because of me, but i don't know what to do. I try to make myself want to have sex but that's like telling a fly not to land on a pile of sht. We have been through so much together and I want to spend the rest of my life with him. I thought at first this may be a side effect from the birth control im on or even my arthritis but then i stopped taking the BC and it didn't help.Coming off of subs is not an option for me bc i refuse to go back to my old ways, ive mended alot of relationships that I pissed away while using and im not going to risk loosing them again. So please help me!! I don't know what to do anymore and im tired of making my fiancé feel like he's not wanted by me or not good enough for me...it's going to ruin us if something doesn't happen soon, i can feel it inside my heart that it's getting close to the time he says goodbye to me, and i don't think i can live without him and don't WANT to live without him. If ANYBODY knows a solution to my problem (other than stop taking the subs) please let me know ASAP, i don't know how much longer he's willing to wait for me to "get better" & apparently our love for eachother just isn't enough :( k.early87@yahoo Thanks
gina on October 26, 2011:
to all the people in this world-suboxone works wonders when u first start takin it. u feel on the top of the world bc u quit ur drug of choice! let me tell ya im 29yrs old & it has brought me down. it feels great to be able to not give in but if u take it 4 to long u will b a mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i promise u this!!! ive used oc's for 7yrs but take the least amount that u can! trust me-it aint ur friend! i know people that have had seizures & strokes so b so carefullll! been on it 4 3yrs. if i would have heard this back when i started takin it i would have done things totally different. i promise u! im addicted to suboxone now & withdrawls are harder than anything else! ive cut back but still miserable. just take this advise bc its better than any doctor will tell u!! have u eve heard of paws post acute withdrawl syndrome look it up & get ur info! if only 1 person reads this at least i made an impact!bc when the doc don't give it anymore what will u do? go back to hell with tabs perks, op's whatever u were on! no way we all need to get off of this & not let a pill control ur self! god bless all of u! i will keep u n my prayers but trust me SUBOXONE IS NOT THE ANSWER! DO IT FOR UR KIDS UR LOVED ONES! MOST IMPORTANT UR SELF!!!!! COMMENT ON MY COMMENT PLZ I WILL HELP U! I PROMISE!!!!
David on October 26, 2011:
Read a lot of thesel posts. I have to agree about the lack of Sexual desire. Been on these subs for years. Have a boyfriend of 17 years and I am embarrassed about the lack of sex we have.
I think we need more stories on the experiences of those that have got off or guys who are trying to get off. We all know how difficult it is to get off the subs, so maybe some success stories (or mildly successful) will motivate us to really try and get off the stuff. I am definitely going to try getting off, so I will update you. Presently doing 4mg a day. Going to only take them when I really need them, then I am going to break them in half.
Even if I get an erection, I can not cum. It's like beatting on a stick. My nipples are not sensitive anymore. If I drink, I don't get buzzed. I think the drug has totally removed any good feeling that you would get from things that would normally produce that. My recreational drug use has become non existent because I don't feel anything.
Recently I burned my arm really bad with boiling water, any pain drugs they gave me didn't work. That scared me, thinking if I was in a serious accident or something and not being able to get any relief of the pain due to the effects of the subtext. I don't want to be in that situation!
And I'd like to get my sex drive back and have some good sex before it disappears for good. I'm 48 and that time seems like it could get here way too soon.
right? on October 10, 2011:
Sex is becoming none existent. My bf and I are both on subox. and we aren't hving much sex @ all either. He's on a higher dose that I but we're both having issues? what's the best "cure" for this? coming down on our dosage??? plzzz ...help...
Melissa on October 09, 2011:
I'm sitting here reading all these comments and how everyone is so worried about sex. I really think if you are in love with someone than you do not care about the sex, I mean that is not the most important thing in the relationship. My BF and I have been together for 7 years and he has had ED since I have first been together with him. However, we pleasure each other in other ways and that is enough for us (he also does not have a great sex drive due to medical reasons), but because of him after an abusive relationship I finally know what it is like to be treated like a lady. What I'm trying to say is sex is not always the most important thing in a relationship so keep your head up and do what is best for your health. (PLEASE EXCUSE ANY SPELLING OR ENGLISH ERRORS I'VE HAD STROKES)
live love laufgh on September 27, 2011:
my b.f has been on subs for only 2 week,i see the difference in him already its saved our lives. the change in sex drive happened very fast for both. we talked about it, i started to understand and now reading all these post i fully agree..... love will over power anyhting. love is many things, sex is the bonus. good luck to all. support all the ways ... keep the love and the sex will be waiting
Rob on September 27, 2011:
You can be clean without suboxone, kicked an 8 year dope habit after 5 1/2 months on subs but I regret getting off of it. No intention of relapse but I think long term opiate use ruined my Sex life. I'm not used to achieving orgasm as fast as I do now and that alone makes me almost not want to do it. My gf is still on maintenance so I'm pretty sure it frustrates her although it really doesn't show. I can't remember this ever being such an issue and wish things would go back to normal. Guess worst case I can take a sub and give her the dope d, wish there was another solution
graham on September 27, 2011:
cant believe this im going throuth same thing im on 18mg subutex i cant pee properly and sex drive is 0 glad iv read all trhese comments i thought my sex life was overim going to start to cut down
cas on September 26, 2011:
Ok its obvious we all have the same problem, but I have read all these posts n there is not ONE SOLUTION for WOMEN besides oh miss a cpl doses n ul b horny...the only way I can enjoy sex is if its in the middle if the night about 19 hours after taking my methadone,n even then my man has to beg me rock it..he thinks I'm cheating n having sex with someone else bc I NEVER want to have sex N e more. Iv been on methadone for 3 1/2 years n its the ONLY Thing that worked for me, I was a heroin addict/junkie for 7 years n cud never stay clean for more than a cpl weeks n wen I was clean, I was constantly suicidal n my body felt horrible the detox never ended so methadone saved my life I now have a 2 year old n on methadone I never have the desire to use, but I never have the desire to have sex either. My man has an extremely high Li ido wanting sex at LEAST 2x a day every single day n its become a chore.. I don't want to feel like that n I don't want him thinking I don't love/want him anymore but coming off the methadone isn't an option.is there ANYTHING out there that will help me?? I've tried excersize and diet changes, but nothing helps... Cschae513@gmail.com
naturalsolutions on September 21, 2011:
Is Suboxone safe to use? I think it is really effective but for some reason it reduce some sexual contact feeling cause it is not natural.
Jones on September 12, 2011:
This made me feel 100 times worse
Matt on September 05, 2011:
Yes, your sex life comes back after suboxone. You can tell even while you are on it: Miss a couple doses/days and you will be VERY horny.
I'm on 2mgs a day so I can still get hard and get off, but my libido is fairly low (and I have girls hitting me up ALL THE TIME) so I'm definitely getting off it.
If sex is important to you (and it should be!) then find a way to get off subs. I'll let you guys know how it goes!
Charlie on September 04, 2011:
I have been on suboxone for one week now (7days) and I cannot ejaculate either but i have had the best sex ever, i have been married for 9 years and the sex i have been having with my wife has been the most amazing ever.
rancor on September 04, 2011:
I have the same problem right now, cant get hard; however, i used to pump iron. I ordered supplents to help increse and maxamize mypumps. Long story short testosterone booster is what we want! make men strong like bull
Eddie2 on September 01, 2011:
I don't like taking prescription medicine because of the expense, how dangerous the side effects are, and because I don't like going to see the doctor. I tend to self-medicate often but was fearful of trying out another sex pill after experiencing scary side effects from taking too large of doses of l-arginine and feeling heart palpitations.
I took the Dr. Max Powers HGH Spray. Its an ORAL Spray and you can order online. It was effective without going over the top and making me think I was about to have a heart attack. After taking one dose I waited a couple of days before taking another one, and somehow the effects lasted over the next two days until it tapered off. If you want to know how it makes you feel I could best describe it as a mood inducer and a stiffener- It makes you stand more erect and it will make you want to have sex more often. I didn't time myself but it did feel like I was able to last longer than usual. Will buy again.
neED help on August 18, 2011:
I am on methadone and when I used it recreationally I never had a problem getting it up, but I have been at the clinic for only 3 weeks now and I can't keep an erection to save my life, I try to have sex with my gf, every day and she does all she can to make me ejaculate, to no avail, I'm only 27 and this is driving me CRAZY, Will this go away can I fix it what pills can I take that will help me cum, and keep me hard too. I just want to make love to my girl friend and I'm getting so depressed, and it's really hurting her feelings too that she can't do anything to please me. I take care of her, which doesn't bother me but I want mine too HELP!!
anonymous on August 18, 2011:
wow I thought I was alone, my boyfriend just got on suboxone and has no sex drive, I thought it was me....glad to know it won't last forever, we normally have an awesome sex life! I hope drs start to do more research on the side effects! I'm just glad he's clean.
canucker66 on August 14, 2011:
thinking about going on subx,i am 45 heroin user for many years,i have an awesome woman in my life and a beautiful 4 year old girl,great job help
hypnosis orgasm on August 10, 2011:
is that really save if i take those medicine?
hyonotic orgasm on July 14, 2011:
as far i know when i get exercise my libido is increase.. i love take exercise than medicine cause it more natural
Rob on July 13, 2011:
Totally agree, Suboxone has destroyed my sex life temporarily after about 5 months of being prescribed it. I am weening off but still taking 4mg i'm out of commission for a good couple of hours :/ I guess if suboxone had no negative side effects it would replace raw as my drug of choice and I wouldn't ever get off of it.. Adios you disgusting orange life saver
Hypnosis Orgasm on July 03, 2011:
An informative hub and a great place for people to rally together.
bmt on June 16, 2011:
now 1 year clean and just weened myself completely off suboxone......already feeling my sexual desire coming back.very excited to finally be dependant on NOTHING.STAY STRONG FOLKS........SINCERELY 370 DAYS CLEAN :)
dan on June 16, 2011:
i been on suboxone for years..yes! long term opiate dependance weakened my libdo alot..but if i stay clean it comes back with a vengence.
Zack on June 04, 2011:
I just wanted to share my perspective for those who are skeptical about suboxone because of this article and from what I see are alot of scary comments from people who have been on it. I just wanted to say I've been an opiate addict my whole life and suboxone definitely saved my butt from being buried at a young age. Personally I've had no experience with erectile dysfunction for the past 5 years I've been taking it. I've had a couple long term girlfriend (2 years or so) and our sex lives were more then okay. It actually made me last a little bit longer but no lo libido at all. I'll get a hard on if the wind just blows. But then again I'm 22. ASk me for my email on here if any of you have any questions. But for the most part Suboxone has been nothing but a miracle for me. Much safer way to go then Methadone.
Jenn on June 01, 2011:
My husband has been on suboxone for a while now and our sex life feels like it is over!!! before suboxone we had a wild and crazy sex life it was GREAT! now..... i feel like we are 90! at first i thought it was me i didn't understand why he didn't want it???? it started making me feel really insecure so i started getting little nighties and candles lets just say i would go all out for the occasion and still get turned down. it really started making me wonder does he love me? is he with anyone else? do i not satisfy him anymore? why??? didn't understand it till now!!! thank you all for telling your story and being so honest. i know have so peace of mind and know my husband will get through this he is only trying to help himself right now from his addiction for our beautiful family
jenn on March 17, 2011:
my bf and i have been on subs for about a year. we were H addicts for a few years, went to prison and came out and relapsed a few times. we finally tried the subs and it worked for us great. the problem is we both have absolutly no desire for sex. we have talked about it and both admit we just don't want it. i was wondering if it was the subs. it has to be bc befor we had amazing sex. i mean out of this world every time. we have been together eight years. since takin the subs we have sex once about every three even four months. and when we do we both admit after that we did it bc we felt we should. i miss our intamicy and our great sex so ladies its not just u. like other we don't want to stop taking them just for our sex life to come back. being off of that awful H is not worth the relapse. so yes i beleive it is the subs that decrease ur sexual desire. just a little info of our experience to maybe make u feel a little better about ur situation. u r deff not alone on this.
blahblahblah on March 13, 2011:
it is so funny to me that people who are on methadone or suboxine say "its ok cause we are clean" fyi u are not clean. u are on drugs just because u get it prescribed DOES NOT make u clean. My husbamd goes to a clinic everyday. Us people that stick thru and stay with our addicts deal with the side effects out of love. Its not easy but the addict always thinks of themselves first this is the reason why they do it to begin with.
LatinaPrincess on February 17, 2011:
How come its all about guys and low libido? What about the females? I'm 22 and from like 15-19 and 1/2 (don't judge ha), with out drug use, I was very sexually active and had an incredibly high sexual desire and had amazing orgasms. I started using with my boyafriend at about age 19..oxy 80s. this progressed to selling to afford supporting 2 junkies and using 3-4 80s a day. About a year later our "friend" convinced us to try some herion and then we used whatever was easier accces or could make more money/free drugs with. About 6 months after that we started shooting up, again pushed by our"friend" - free dope if you shoot it... don't fall for it! Of course it was our own choose, but free drugs for a junkie who is already curious about it? Come on... Anyway We shot up daily until about February of last year...when someone wore a wire on my bf and he went to jail for 3 months (1 pill first offense). Anyway, while using, he had a hard time getting it up, but even so we would have sex for like 6 hours at a time. Since quitting and him coming home, we are doing really well. Probably use 1 time every other month at the most which is huge for us and are actually saving money and buying things other than drugs (camera/this lap top/new car/ipods), but I have absolutely NO desire to have sex. I love him so much and he of course tries to understand, but I don't know what's wrong with me. Did drugs kill my libido forever? I take suboxone (not perscribed) and my doctor does not know about my drug use and I do not want to tell her about it, but he doesn't get it. Are there any other females that know what I'm talking about? When he does convince me to have sex its great I get wet and have orgasms, but I really have no desire for it.... Hes starting to question if its him or if I'm getting it somewhere else because he knows how horny I used to be. What is going on with my body?? Could it be the suboxone?
stupid suboxone on February 01, 2011:
Ok, I am sure I am going to be judged for this, but here it goes. I am a college kid, and therefore, like to get high. I was addicted to opiates for a few months last summer. I was taking 150 to 200mg of hydrocodone a day. I quit cold turkey, which sucked balls, by the way. But, I got a good deal on a box of meds from a friend who recently released from rehab. This box contained a lot of suboxone, some klonopin, some xanax, some tramadol, and a handful of vicodin. I had been abusing the klonopin, tramadol and suboxone for the passed four days. In fact, I can still feel the suboxone right now. But this shit is a killer when it comes to a sex life. I can hardly get a boner anymore. I tried to watch some porn and barely got a little chubby going. I tried and tried and couldn't get the little guy to stand at full attention. I have decided that having a working penis is definitely worth getting rid of the suboxone. I will probably just go back to real opiates, as I never had any sexual problems when i took vicodin. If I stop using these drugs will my penis work again? please say yes, or I will probably have to kill myself.
Ln21108 on January 31, 2011:
I'm a recoverying addict, but never took suboxone.. and im kind of seeing someone that is on it.. and it seems like he has no interest at all in anything.. i mean we'll go and do things but he hasn't made a move or anything and he says its the suboxone that makes him lose interest in everything.. is that true????
happen to me to on January 13, 2011:
I am so glad for sites like this. I am a veteran and came home and became addicted to oxycodone, and percocets. Let me exscape my every day stress for a while. Anyhow that got old and just didn't want to face withdrawl so started soboxone. Still have the. urge to do hydros or oxys from time to time but don't. The funny thing is now I have no desire for sex or can't get erect or ejaculate. Knew something was wrong when I would watch porn and it was more of a turn off than turn on. So complained to my doc and he said that losing libido was rare to unheard of. He decided to draw my labs anyhow just to find that my testosterone levels were low. I love my girl as much as she loves sex but can't please her. Don't know what to do but thanks for this site. At least I know I'm not just crazy, or turning gay or something. Lol
K on December 19, 2010:
Has anyone found a solution to this? I am on Subs and my boyfriend got on them a couple of months ago. We haven't been together for very long but live together and share a bed every night. THIS IS KILLING ME. I feel so unwanted and hurt. I'm not a teddy bear or an 80 year old and I need to make love at least a few times a week. Every time I bring it up he gets upset. I can get myself off but I can't replace that intimacy. Has anything worked? A stimulant? viagra (which I believe someone said will get it hard but if he has no desire then it's not really what I am looking for.)? Women are programmed to want to be desired and when it appears that your man doesn't it's incredibly painful.
wifey on November 26, 2010:
My husband has been an opiate addict for 12yrs. He has been through rehab 4 times. He always relapses. He is taking Subtex now and claims he's not using. He is so messed up by the end of the day he can't keep his head straight! He nods off and has absolutely no sex drive any more. I can't get him to cuddle and it's all making me crazy. We have a very long history together, over 20yrs. and we have always gotten through the rough times but this addiction to opiates and now Subutex is pushing me away. Just needed to vent.
Dan on November 20, 2010:
I needed sex a couple times a day and my sex drive wasn't the best when I was using but now I'm clean and its not getting any better I think my anxiety meds are not helping eather but I'm 22years old and my girl thinks its her fault I can't get off I'm just not sure what to do
snookum on November 03, 2010:
my husband has been on suboxone for over a year and yes it does decrease your sex drive. As much as i miss our very healthy sex life I do not miss the opiate addiction and the problems that caused in our marriage. I will take a clean and happy husband over our old sex lives any day. I hope that anyone who is having this issue has a partner that understands. Your health and being sober needs to be more important than sex until you are able to stop the suboxone. I wish everyone the best.
Billy K on November 02, 2010:
I have been with my G/F for 6 yrs now!!! We have never had any sexual problems ever, i mean i needed sex everyday 2 or 3 times a day. Well i decided to get on Suboxone for my G/f a my addiction. we had very little money so i went a got on them to share with her. Well i have been on them for 3 weeks now and decided to have sex last night, well we was going and going and going and she acted like she had an organism, i thought she did, so i acted like i had one, and she was like did u get off and i said NO come to find out she faked hers ,too. So im glad i looked this up because i was starting to get worried about my sex drive an I'm only 29 yrs old!! The question is, does your sex life get better when u get off Suboxone?
well on October 28, 2010:
me and my boyfriend have only been together for 2 years and i couldn't figure out why he only wanted to have sex like the first month and now never does. he was abusing methadone pretty hard and now hes on subutex so i guess i got my answers. hope it gets better once hes off the subutex though.
Relh on October 27, 2010:
Well, I've been on methadone for 2 weeks and am starting to feel alittle better. For the first 2 weeks I was alittle fogged and at times nodding out and am not sure if it's b/c I'm on 24mg a day for chronic pain? My sex drive is barely here and tonight my husband and I were having sex and it was like it's there, it's there but nothing's happening... For all you ladies you know how frustrating this is!!! Any suggestions, I am curious about the ADHD Stimulant and what the name was.
heather m. on October 24, 2010:
Well this article and its replies have made me feel a little better. My bf is on suboxone and I feel like I have to beg him to have sex. My self-esteem is pretty low and im going crazy. Yes, I'm happy he wants to stay healthy which is why I try to deal with this myself. But why are we sharing a bed if all we do is sleep there? He's amazing in every other way, but this really is difficult. How long is he supposed to do this?
heather on September 01, 2010:
i am on suboxone and my fiancé of 7 years is on methadone. i have medicare and he doesn't so he couldn't afford the sub. Both of our sex drives are gone which is fine by both of us. being clean is the main focus here guys. I quit a week before him. I am having a few other side effects that are kind of bothersome. I am taking 24 mgs of suboxone a day. We have been clean for 92 days now. we had enough good sex when we were in a constant euphoric state for the past 4 years that we decided we could do without some sex to save our lives and raise our child. We are finally a happy family. suboxone is my miracle. It saved my life. =) I would recommend it to anybody. If the withdrawal is bad, at least it is giving me a break from being a junky for a long enough time to prepare for a weeks worth of detox. We all can survive the flu... and i know the flu feels worse than detox does. I am 26. I weigh 100 lbs and I took about 30 percocet 10/325's or 10/650s a day or oxycontins or roxicodones.. just whatever. I don't know how i have a liver. I don't know how i didn't die. I did that high of doses every day for over a year. Before that last year, i just abused about 10 hydrocodone 10mgs a day for 2 years. Terrible. Scarey. I pray to god that my angel isn't cursed with addiction. His father and I are both addicts. I will never ever show my son that weakness again. My son is far more important than my sex life.
heather on September 01, 2010:
ladygrey82 on August 30, 2010:
i think that at the end of the day we need to decide whether the need for sex or the need for staying clean is greater?? i plan to stand by my man thru this rough patch. i'm not saying it wont be frustrating, but if it means staying clean from here on out... it'll be most def worth it
another one stuck on August 29, 2010:
Both my BF and I are on suboxone... been together for 7 yrs
On suboxone for abt 15 months
His lost his sex drive but mine seems to have gone the other way its destroying our relationship
And I feel worse because I'm.on it I should understand
...I do... but it.makes my self esteem fly out the window...
But we.are.supporting each.other and his tries viagra and other.supplements
But the want for sex is not.there so it doesn't work n its driving me mad
tom on August 01, 2010:
it has destroyed my relatonship with my girlfried. She hates suboxone altough it did
saved my life
bmt on July 23, 2010:
I got on here to research my steady decrease in sex-drive and all your posts have made me feel so much better .however I will not be quitting suboxone....me and my girlfriend have agreed that its benefit to my dependency strongly outways my very affected but short term sexual side effects...............sincerely......."44-days clean"
Dawn Michael from THOUSAND OAKS on July 23, 2010:
did not know this very interesting, same goes for many anti-depresent medication as well.
rsk on May 12, 2010:
Im on 4mgs of suboxon and can't even get it up.Getting off asap.
JSF on May 05, 2010:
Suboxone saved my life, but now its about to kill my relationship because it has killed my libido to the point that it is now destroying my relationship. I don't know what to do.. Sure viagra and others work to give you a hard on, but if I have no desire to have sex, who cares about getting an erection. I wish there was some sort of way to combat this. Many things I have read is that an introduction of ADHD Stimulant medication can help with the repairing of my dopamine reward systems.. which is ultimately why we are having this problem.
paul on December 19, 2009:
i cannot get off on this suboxone!!!it embarrisin and it sux,IM DONE!!!!!
wow on December 13, 2009:
i neeeeedddd tooo ggeeettt offffff this stuffs no good im 0n 8 1/2 mgs a day and its no good cant get off soo imma gett off this med asap not cool don't do dope
Howard S on December 06, 2009:
First off, the HGH Spray I got from Dr Max Powers website works for ED. It works better than many of the products out there. I spend a small fortune each year trying out various aids such as this one just to find one that works. Most are pure marketing hype with just the usual herbs in them that you can buy down at the health food store.
The Dr Max Powers HGH Spray is the real deal. I've been taking the HGH Spray now for 2months and I'm not getting any of the side effects that I get with Cialis or Viagra. I usually do a spray 3-4 hours before any sexual activity (once a day).
It doesn't take much to get things pumped up with this supplement and I believe it can replace Viagra and Cialis. If you are getting headaches you will need to reduce your caffeine intake, which I did. But i highly recommend it if you are looking to avoid erection problems. Its definitely made my erections strong and stimulated...well worth it. ..
its true on December 04, 2009:
its true im only in 4 mg and i loss of sex drive too, im stopping ASAP
Benneth on October 06, 2009:
I really enjoyed this information thanks for sharing!!! :D
Marco Polo on March 15, 2009:
Suboxone has significantly reduced my sex drive. I'm on 4 mg a day.
However, because of this article, I will be quitting all doses.
Thank you or this wonderful post. I was wondering why I wasn't my usual self hehe.
Jioboy on February 02, 2009:
I took Extagen to have better sex drive and it helped me a lot. I think Extagen is the best sex pill on the market now.