... surgeries i am trying to get him off the vicodin but i know it will be hard some one suggests takig CERBOXIN NOT SURE IF I SPELLED IT RIGHT does any one know about it it is a pill to help come off the vicodin
I think you mean suboxone and "no" I personally don't think it would be a good idea to switch over to it as the patient has only been taking vicodin for 2 years and even if they are abusing it I wouldn't suggest buprenorphene (suboxone,subutex) as it is meant for opiate addicts with some his of abuse. You need to wean down slowly from the hydrocodone (vicodin,lortab,hydro's) or you can go through some pretty bad withdrawls.
What is the patient going to do for their pain or is this not an issue since the surgery fixed the problem??
Also I need to know how much and how often they were taking the vicodin before I can suggest a weaning sched... Dave
On the other hand opiates are opiates & suboxone is very hard to " get high off" because of the Narcan. Subutex does not and is abused,so is suboxone but because of the agonist antagonist(I might have spelled that wrong) in suboxone, in theory it won't get you the feeling of vic's. The other poster is right though that those two drugs are used for mainly stronger drugs,Morphine,Dilaudid M.S Contin. I've been on both M.S Contin & dilaudid for four years and I lost my meds a day before my refill and I tried suboxone in place of my drugs because of the withdrawl & it made me so sick do to the narcan in it. Doctors usally start on subutex because of no narcan,& it weans the hard stuff down first. I'd say unless he wants to keep taking them for the "high" & not for pain it's up to him,but like the other guy said weaning down is probably better than trading opiates for different opiates just like methadone.
i think sub. would be a great way for him to get help that is what it is for basically people that take pills the clinic i go to also offers that and methadone and it is much safer and 100% better than any other withdrawl meds it also has a mild pain killer in it call the methadone clinic in your area and ask them about it and you can speak with doctors there and counselers and they can tell you if they think its good for him but ive seen what it does and it has a great success rate most herion addicts cant take it its for people that havent been on pills ect . for a long time
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