... and seems only way now to get off is to use subutex or suboxone. Very expensive and heard there is generic. any information and opinions helpful. Please help! Thanks. I read some things and am confused so please help if you can. I see doctor Friday morning. I also do not see how to set my settings to get emails when someone answers me and don't know if ok to post it. Thanks
Hi. I'm pretty new to this forum, but it looks like you were successful in your post. My daughter started on Suboxone strips (because of the $75 off coupon) and got 10 strips of 8mg for $2 (w/coupon). She got to use the coupon twice, and when the strips were used up (a total of 20 strips), she switched to generic subutex. She was on Suboxone for about a week, then went to subutex. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and narcan (Naloxone); subutex is buprenorphine only. She's done great on the subutex -- no problem switching from Suboxone -- and has decresed her dose to 12mg/day. If she can cut down to 8mg/day, that'll only be $100/month. I have to say "only" because compared to the illegal prescriptions she was buying on the street, it's a fraction of the cost. She was spending $50/day on opiates!! 8mg seems to be a not-too-high, not-too-low dose. I've read that people are often on only 4mg or even 2mg for months or even years. If you can be okay on those low doses, it's pretty affordable -- especially compared to street drugs. Hope this helps. Good luck to you!
I try to be polite and respectful of all answers and comments but desperately need to mention a few things if that is ok. 1) 2 weeks is not enough time on suboxone or subutex to let the brain heal enough to stop the subs with no withdrawal. It is true you should taper off suboxone or subutex. If you taper off, you will be fine. Suboxone is not a magic medication that can heal the brain fast. A person truly needs the addiction therapy that goes along with the suboxone therapy as well. 2) when a person takes opiates long enough to become dependent on them and have withdrawal when they stop the opiate, this is a sign the neurotransmitter to receptor site connection in the brain is damaged and will have to "reboot" in order to function again. 2 weeks of suboxone will not fix this. 3) suboxone can stay on the receptor site blocking opiates, quelling withdrawal and craving for 3 to 5 days after the last dose. People who go on suboxone for such a brief time will feel fine for several days after the last use, then the WD from the previous opiate dependence/abuse will kick in. The brain has to heal and reboot and the person should treat emotional issues so they won't relapse. The withdrawal symptoms that people feel are all signals sent to the brain from the body trying to bypass the damaged neurotransmitter to receptor site connection and attempting to get the brain to release its own opiates. I also wanted to mention that suboxone and subutex both have to be written presciptions from doctors who took a special course in order to be legal to write a prescription for them. Many subs doctors will NOT write subutex. If you need to go the subutex route for financial reasons, when you are making an appointment, ask if the doctor writes for subutex also. I tell people to go to the suboxone homepage, write down ALL the doctors in their area who write subs rxs and ask how much the induction fee is, how much the office visit fee is, how often is a person required to see the doctor, and if they also write for subutex. Where I live one can get a partial refill of suboxone and save the rest for when they can afford to pick the rest of it up. You might ask the pharmacy that in your area. No one knows how long it will take a persons brain to heal from opiate abuse/addiction, it differs for each person. An addiction therapist and your subs doctor should help you figure out when to taper. You can taper off subs and be ok, I promise Go back to your stats page in your profile and there should be something in there telling you how to edit your email settings. You can check your profile to see if you have answers or comments from people and you can also favorite any question you want to and it will be in your profile. You can check to see if anyone answered those questions even from along time ago, it will show up.
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