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Prolonged Use Of Painkillers & Depression Drug Cause Infertility & Low Sperm Count – Doctor Warns

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June 21, 2016 – Prolonged Use Of Painkillers & Antidepressants Cause Infertility & Low Sperm Count – Health Expert Warns

A Medical doctor at FMC Jabi Abuja Dr Arikawe Adeolu today warned that prolonged use of antidepressant and painkillers could cause erectile dysfunction and low sperm count.

He said morphine, a common narcotic analgesic could cause the aforementioned condition.

According to him, morphine affects hormonal balance in the body by increasing the production of prolactin, which can cause infertility in both men and women.

Prolactin is a hormone released by the pituitary gland in the brain. its primary role is to help initiate and maintain breast milk production in pregnant and nursing women.

He said that because prolactin could be induced by the use of this drug, “men who used it would experience low sperm count while women would experience menstrual irregularities”.

According to him, both sexes will experience decreased libido as prolactin blocks the other hormones responsible for reproduction.

“A class of anti-hypertensive drugs can also cause sexual dysfunction. These drugs are centrally acting antihypertensive medication, one of which is methyldopa, commonly known as Aldomet.
“For antidepressants, they affect a particular neurotransmitter which is called by serotonin. Serotonin is very important in the control of sexual behaviour.
“Once the neurotransmitter level is affected, there is a risk of sexual dysfunction which leads to a reduction in sexual drive, inability to have an erection and ejaculation in men.
“For women it can cause a decrease in libido that is the sexual drive, delayed orgasm and wetness of the vagina,” Adeolu said.

He said that other commonly used medications that could cause sexual dysfunction included: antihistamines, ketoconazole an antifungal, anti-seizure drugs and alcohol.

Adeolu said that the risk of sexual dysfunction was only significant with long-term use of these medications or overdose.



  1. sola olaniyi

    June 21, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    So its only the overdose and prolonged use that can actually cause the low-sperm-count

  2. fifelomo

    June 21, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Thanks for the information.

  3. Johnathan

    June 21, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Yes sadly this is true… I know a few people that this happened too which was heart breaking! If you have suffered from this, I’d recommend a product called Pregnancy Miracle. Me and my wife used it after she had 2 miscarriages and we now have 2 children. I reviewed the product on my website if you’d at least like to take a look, as the reviews that you can search on Google are absolutely amazing. GIve it a look if you suffer from infertility! Search something like “Persistent Parenting Pregnancy” on google or something like that. Should come up with a review or two.

  4. Maryf

    June 21, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    This is so true. I have read about this in one article 5years ago.

  5. Olanrewaju

    June 21, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Thanks for sharing

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