Pharmacoepidemiology of testosterone prescribing in Australia, 1992–2010

Stephen P Fitzgerald
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11014
Published online: 17 September 2012

To the Editor: Could Handelsman comment on whether he considered opioid-associated hypoandrogenism when describing the increasing prescribing of testosterone?1 Opioid-induced androgen deficiency has become more recognised, and is one of the most common causes of testosterone deficiency among men in many communities.2,3 It may be that the increase in opioid prescribing4 has complemented the promotion of testosterone therapy.

  • Stephen P Fitzgerald

  • Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA.

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