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Review by Happy to be free (taken for 2 to 5 years):
I started out taking 8 Vicodins a day and after awhile I was a full blown addict taking up to 15 pills every 5 hrs a day close to 50 a day, really bad could not do anything without pills. Started getting really sick every two weeks skin turning yellow liver was hurting I was in very bad shape sex drive was gone my whole life was based around pain pills spending up to $500.00 every 3 days you get the point. Then one day I found out about Suboxone, made an appointment with a doctor that prescribed it, waited 2 days to take it and let me tell you it saved my life.
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They have kept me clean from heroin and other opiates for 5 years in which time I earned an associates degree with a double major and was accepted to Rutgers where I will receive my bachelors degree next year. I am also a CADC or licensed drug and alcohol counselor now. No more needles, days throwing up with aching bones in bed instead of playing with my children. I'm a true miracle.
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This stuff works! I didn't have to worry about being pulled over by cops with pills on me anymore. It got me out of bed to go do what it was I needed to do to get clean, even eventually get off Suboxone.
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I was on morphine for 4 1/2 years. I could not eat, sleep or do much of anything. Almost 3 years ago I asked my pain management doctor to help me out of that living hell. 10 days into rehab the doctors could not find a medication that could help with my pain issues. That's the first time I ever heard of Suboxone. I stayed for 18 more days learning all I could about this new medication. Let me just say that Suboxone helps with my pain and is giving me my life back one day at a time. I thank my doctors and Suboxone for all that it has given me. I found a Suboxone group and counseling in my area that understands my need to stay on this medication. I have been off all other pain medicines for 3 years and would not change a thing.
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Suboxone is the best thing that ever happens to me! Before Suboxone I was on pills doing bad things that I would never do! I have 4 wonderful children that I lost due to my drug use! Pills were number one, my kids and family and loved ones came last. I lost everything, myself, my kids, my family and the one man I loved so much. Then I found hope I found a Doctor that said I want you to try a pill called Suboxone and to be honest it saved my life. I no longer use pills I am on Suboxone daily. I am on the right track I am going to outpatient daily. I go to meetings and I take my medication the right way. I am on the right track to getting my 4 great kids back but most important me back. If I can do it anyone can.
After having a spinal cord injury, I was placed on very high doses of Pxycontin. The "long term" pain management plan was for me to continue on Pxycontin and at some point move down to Percocet. Indefinitely I guess.
Oxycontin made me feel horrible. I just wanted to sleep all the time. The pain wasn't as bad, but then again, nothing else was either...I was a walking zombie.
I was finally referred to a doctor that had used Suboxone to treat long term pain issues. Within one week of starting Suboxone, I felt like I had my life back.
I was able to wean down to a dose that works for me, and have no plans of discontinuing use.
It works. No more cravings, no more stealing. The best part is I do not even miss the heroin. It does have side effects, I have a problem concentrating when I am on it. It also gets me constipated. I take Mylax daily to prevent that. It is amazing how I no longer crave opiates! None! Thank God for this as my life was spiraling out of control.
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I've never taken it, but I have seen Suboxone help get my son back from the HELL he was in. A smart boy was being driven by Roxicodone, had to have it to work, to go anywhere or function. It's awful when you can't help your child and know he wants it. Thank God for his friend who also was on this treatment. The 1st day we both could tell a difference. You do experience a few discomforts but NOTHING in comparison to detoxing without Suboxone. I'm so proud he is on his way...and my baby can be happy again. He was so depressed because he said without the Suboxone it would have killed him. He couldn't have done it period. It DOES work. You just have to be ready to quit.
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I've been on Suboxone for almost a year and a half now. Like most people taking this medicine I started out trying to kick a habit. I had always heard that Suboxone was just trading one addiction for another so I didn't want to take it for long. I tried to taper off after just 2 months of sobriety and relapsed almost instantly. Now, I listen to the doctor and just take the pill. I have had side effects, and the most annoying is losing weight. I would recommend Suboxone to those who really are trying to change their lives. Suboxone played a part in me gaining a life and I am very grateful for that. And anyone who thinks taking Suboxone doesn't make them clean has no idea what they are talking about, and they should see a real doctor.
If I could clean the guy's toilet who invented Suboxone with my toothbrush everyday I would. I took Suboxone for two years because that's how long I felt I needed it for. I have been clean for almost seven years, clean and sober. My only advice is to go to a 12 step program as well. Suboxone is not a crutch. It only takes away the physical cravings. The behavior needs to still be modified. Addiction is a cunning, baffling and powerful disease. Thanks to Suboxone and a 12 step program I bought a house, am in grad school and love my family and friends.
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I have been using Suboxone since Sept 2010. I had 21 years clean thru N.A. and A.A. due to an amphetamine addiction in my youth. Due to health problems (back injury) my doctor started me on hydrocodone, Xanax and Soma. One day I realized that my life was going nowhere. I could not function throughout the day without my medication. I seemed to be right back in my addiction. I since have started the Suboxone therapy and for me, it has been not only the means to get back on track without OPIATES, MUSCLE RELAXERS, and ANTI DEPRESSANTS. I personally believe not enough is said about the pain relief this medication brings, but also the anti depressant qualities the medication has as well. Take action.
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Started 8mg of Suboxone 6 months ago. Tapered down over last 6 months to 1 mg by cutting the Suboxone 2mg film in half. Suboxone is amazing and does everything it says. Make sure you do it with a doctor. The withdrawal symptoms are not fun for at least a week, I am on day 5. Chills flu like symptoms, anxiety, insomnia, headache, nausea loss of appetite among symptoms. First day I'm feeling better and haven't used Oxy in half year. Take some Tylenol, some Ativan. All helped me now I'm off it.
I have been on opiates since 1992. I became addicted. As addictions go there is a progression. The more I took the more by body wanted. They just were not working any more. I need more and more to get rid of the pain until I realized the medication was causing the pain increase. I almost died from using the opiates and could not get off them. I finally was rushed to emergency where they did not think I would make it. But for the grace of God and this wonderful doctor my life was spared. I was prescribed Suboxone. With the Suboxone, I finally feel normal and the pain from my back is managed.
I had a MIRACULOUS recovery in 1996 from Kaposi's Sarcoma when treated with Doxil. This was in the early days of Doxil (and all liposomal chemos) was only approved for Secondary Treatment Options. Conventional chemo (AVB) did nothing; Doxil completely eradicated the neoplasms. It also left me with NASTY throbbing pain in the arches of my feet which never completely went away. I was hooked on so many opiates (both for the pain and the mental anxiety relief they provided) that I didn't even realize I was an addict until I ran out of Percocet one dark day. 16 years later, the foot pain returned. My doctor prescribed 2mg Suboxone and I have my life back. Unorthodox, but legal and no longer a junkie. No "highs", no pain, and GRATITUDE.
Alert: Suboxone is incredibly effective at helping with opiate detox in the short term. However, it is very easy to become dependent on the Suboxone. Try and only use Suboxone for 4-6 days and deal with the remaining withdrawals.
I was addicted to any pain pill I could get my hands on for three years. I found Suboxone and it helped me a lot but my experience with my doctor was horrible. I missed a doctors appointment one time and they punished me by making me wait three days for my prescription when I asked what I was supposed to do they told me to pretty much find means till my next doctors appointment. When I asked my doctor to start lowering my doses so I could get off of the Suboxone he told me that I would be back on pills as soon as I could get the chance and then cut me off cold Turkey. I have been pill and Suboxone free for three years. Suboxone is a great rehab option but having a great doctor is just as important.
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