hello there. I've been addicted to oxy for the last 4 months and now heroin. From what I hear, suboxone is my best bet with quitting. So my question is now what do I do. Look online for some doctors to prescribe it? How much am I looking at? Will there be confidentiality? If anyone has stories to tell me or suggestions please feel free to help!!!
Hi there Karl. I hope you're ok? I will be back with an answer for you. I have to do something first. It may be a little while. I hope Subzero or Pattishan sees this question. They are experts on the subs. But if nothing else, I'll try to post a question to them to see if they can help. Be back sometime tonight... I promise.
Yes, anyone with an opiate addiction is a candidate. Im currently on it and it works great. You will feel 100% totally normal and be able to act normal and not looked drugged out anymore. You will feel like you did before you ever used. Check the suboxone.com website for a list of drs in your area that can prescribe it. You just make your appointment and go in and they tell you all about it then you get your first dose at the office and you get a weeks prescription. Then you go back in a week and get a check up and a new prescription. You progressively go to 2 weeks then 3 then 4. I think from then on you have to stay at once a month. You have to give a urine sample at each check up to show you are taking the med and not taking anything else. For my dr its $125 for each visit which insurance wont cover but if you have it, it will cover the pills which is a big help.
Its $45 for each prescription for me. Without insurance I think its like $10 a pill. It seems like a lot of money but its wayyy less than paying for Oxys or heroin on the street. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Id be happy to help because I know how nerve wracking it was to get myself to go in and get started. But dont worry the drs treat you like a normal patient coming in for a regular dr visit. They wont treat you like a druggie or anything.
There are usually induction fees that range from $250 to $1,500, office visit fees, usually once a month from $100 to $266 and the pills can be around $8 per pill unless they prescribe the generic subutex which is $2.50 per pill. Hopefully you will call all the doctors in your area licensed to prescribe, call all of them and ask prices for induction, office visits, and requirements like mandatory counseling and urine tests. It does get rid of withdrawal within 20 to 45 minutes after the first dose, but you will have to be in withdrawal for at least 24 hours in order for it to work and not cause precipitated withdrawal ( withdrawal on steroids) and you can not take benzos or other sedating meds unless the risk of seizure outweighs the possible reactions with the suboxone. Please go to YouTube.com to check out SuboxDoc and Maple2609 videos on all aspects of suboxone. Very helpful. Subs will stop cravings but it is hard to get off of.
I will check back tomorrow with you on this post to see if there are anymore questions you may have that I might help you with. I am on it and am tapered down to .25 mgs from 12 mgs 2 1/2 years ago. Most doctors do NOT take insurance for suboxone, but your insurance may pay for the medication. Most people do not really need more than 1 eight mg pills per day, but will be RX'ed 2 to 3 pills per days. Not necessary usually.
morning karl,4months is not long enough to be put on suboxone.most doctors will only put people on sub after 2-3 years of being addicted.but the fact you moved from start to heroin in 4 months is really fast.why don't you try detox and inpatient rehab before you get involved with sub.if you want look at top of page it says "add to friend".ill talk about sub and anything you feel you may want to talk about.ill add to friend list also.just take it slow.im not sayin what you should do,just makin suggestions.im subzero58 hope to hear from you soon.
very intelligent question,Im impressed.Taken any kind of maintenence for opiate addiction should be throughly considered before deciding.It could very well be jumping out of the pan in the fire for you,because youve only been on them four months herion or not thats a very short time indeed to think about taking Suboxone.Subzero just gave you the best advice anyone could possibly give you n your situation,with the short withdrawl period your looking at. I agree totally with him you should go to impatient treatment to ween off and run just as hard as you can in the other direction away from opiates. If you only knew," its SEEMS so hard for you" I am sure because I was in your shoes once to and I made the wrong decision.I didnt have anyone to tell me any different!! OH!! had I only knew, to look here and meet the people on this site and discuss my situation.
I had back surgery 2xs in 1995-96 and was on ocs,percs, tylox,soma,luvox and xanax all at once as they had me rotating percs and tylox every 2hrs for break through pain.By the time I had my surgery 9 months after my accident I was so strung out on pain killers I had to smoke crack to get out of bed!!! I had never done no more than drink and smoke a little weed. I had no idea what addiction or withdrawl was.I was lost and the only thing visible was the alcohol so thats what they diagnosised it as alcoholism through 10 rehabs,the last rehab I went to was 6 months ago and they changed my diagnosis to opiate addiction, Ive been on Suboxone evey since.But when I started it, I started imediately weening off!! I started at 24 mgs and im at 4mgs now and going to 3mgs tommorow and after another 4or5 days ill drop another 1mgs. Then so on,until get off or so close to off I feel comfortable about myself.Everyones different and Im afraid, Ive had a hard time admitting that im a opiate addict.And a super hard time using a maintenence drug to maintain a drug addiction in front of my children.Im 49. So if you can ween off, and run, do it!!! If it takes inpatient to get off then do that at least try that before you go on Suboxone.When I went into Detox- rehab 6 months ago I was running a 102-103 fever,I was dehydrated from not holding down enough water.my liver was in so bad of shape I was lacking vitamin d and calcium,I was having unbearable cramping in my legs that would knock me out and soma would bearly stop them.My withdrawls had become unbearable. I was up to 300to 400 mgs a day of ocs.And this went on for years.So I know you think its bad but believe me its gets 100 times worse, if you continue to use. God bless and good luck to you! I wish you the very best in what ever you decide. Carol Also you should pull up buprenorphine and see what your dealing with!!! Its alot stronger than oxycontin,remember your gonna have this in your system 24/7 till you get off, think about those withdrawls?
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