I stopped the Suboxone on 09/16, my last dose was close to MN on 09/15. I was on Methadone for pain management. I had been on the Methadone for approx. 3yrs & my dose kept going up. I had surgery on my C-Spine, & could not achieve pain control post-op & for several days after. I was taking 240mg./day at that time. We decided to get off the Methadone because I had developed some kind of reaction to the Methadone. I was tapered down to 0mg. & then put on the Suboxone & I had to see a different dr. for this. I am afraid, I have already begun to feel the beginnings of withdrawal & I am in quite a bit of pain. My surgeon & anesthesiologist know I am on Sub. My prescribing physician is aware of my upcoming surgery. He is totally against "opiates". I am afraid that I will not be properly medicated for pain relief & I don't know what to do?
17 Sep 2011
Hi cc... there is a drug called Toradol which an excellent analgesic. In fact, when I had a particularly painful surgery many years ago I was given Toradol. It relieved my pain greater than Demerol... and this was before my opiate loving days. Toradol is an NSAID... a very powerful one... the generic name is ketorolac. The only downside is that it can be taken for only 10 days due to gastrointestinal irritation... it gave give u an ulcer if used greater than 10 days. Hence, if u already have an ulcer or irritated stomach lining u would not b a candidate. By being on Toradol, you can stay on the sub. All anesthesia people know about this drug... I would ask them to give you a dose IV and IM prior to leaving the operating room to go to the recovery room. Surgeons sometimes do not like this drug as it can cause increased postoperative bleeding. But your surgery is not one that causes hardly any postoperative bleeding, especially if it is done laparoscopically... is it? Anyway... good luck. I will keep you n my prayers. Please let me know how you did...
17 Sep 2011
Suboxone stays in the system for 3 to 5 days so the withdrawals depending on what dose you stopped from will begin to be the worse around this time. Since you are stopping the Suboxone before your surgery on the 20th, you will have the option of taking an opiate based pain reliever for the post op pain from the GB surgery. May I ask what dose you were on when you stopped the Suboxone? Is your surgeon aware that you have stopped the Suboxone I'm assuming in preparation for the upcoming surgery?
GB surgery will cause some pain though not tremendously so. When I had my gall bladder out, I was only in pain for a few days and not that much to be honest.
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