So yesterday was my 2 week follow up for the suboxone treatment. All seems to be going as well as to be expected. I have had 3 strong craving days but i made it through. I dont have the swelling of my feet and legs anymore thanks to water pills. My only real complaint at this point is the extreme tiredness. I have been falling asleep at random times... even while driving. My dr. asked if i had this problem before the pills and i dont know. I have took them for so long that I dont hardly remember myself. Strange huh? My dr. says for some reason i am hyper sensitive to this medicine. I have experienced alot of side effects, vomiting, headache, fatigue and swelling, BUT I am off the hydros!!! Anyway she gave me a script for Provigil. I took it today for the first time and so far it has worked. I just hope to go to sleep soon. Is anyone else on this combo?
12 Jan 2011
Suboxone is a funny thing. Some people get extremely energetic and others experience lethargy (as with all opiates and/or derivatives.) If you are still experiencing cravings you may need to have your dose increased or you may have to just give it time. If you've been addicted to opiates for any length of time, taking a pill isn't going to instantly change how your brain works or change how badly it wants something. (people who have baritric surgery to lose weight are still going to be hungry.) It's definately a process, but it does get easier. Give yourself a HUGE amount of credit for taking that step. I've been on Suboxone for 2 1/2 years and finally, after 18 years of heroin use, have managed to put together a fair amount of consistent clean time. (Word of advice-in the beginning, you may slip up.
It is totally unrealistic to expect that you can instantaneously go from one way of life to another. Old habits take time to break and new habits take time to form. In my book, as long as you are trying, and your slips become fewer and farther between, you're on the right path.) Also, I was diagnosed with narcolepsy several years ago and am currently on Provigil (200mg.2x/day) in addition to the Suboxone. This is a super combination for me, but everyone is different. When I first attempted to get straight, I was on Methadone and Dexedrine (pharmaceutical speed prescribed for narcolepsy etc.). Definately don't recommend that combo. It's like doing a very long speed ball and the crash is horrid. Anyhow, I digress. The first couple of nights on the Provigil I had a tricky time getting to sleep. I thought 'great-now I'm a narcoleptic insomniac!' but eventually my body adjusted. Now I sleep fine at night. I still have to nap every afternoon but I'm not spontaneously falling asleep. Girl e girl - has your doctor referred you for an MSLT? (Multi Sleep Latency Test-used to determine the severity of daytime sleepiness) That's how I found out that I was narcoleptic and not lazy and unmotivated like my family thought! Actually, they still think I'm just lazy and unmotivated and that Narcolepsy is just a farce. I've showed them the test results and the doctor's diagnosis but they refuse to believe it's anything other than me loving to sleep 17+ hours every day. Anyone else have family like this?
13 Jul 2009
Your dr hasn't done the induction properly with you and you aren't being dosed properly if you're experiencing those symptoms. You should feel great after two weeks on subs. Here is how I suggest using subs on the drugs.com forum. Check out the link. Hope it helps. Let me know if you need my help.
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