Absolutely not.I have had chronic pain for over 2years. My pain dr prescribed me every narcotic with no long term relief. That caused me to see a lot of other drs.for more pills. I got caught by my pain dr two days ago, cold turkey. I am trying to get in a methadone program because my pain dr does not prescribe it. All the clinics have waiting lists and I am dying from withdrawal. Methadone is great for pain. Reserch it. Dontcha let anyone tell you subs work for pain. They can only be prescribed off label for it cause the FDA has not approved it. Your w/ds will be horrible. I feel so sorry for you when though I am too sick to type ths, had to stop you from getting on subs. God Bless and Good luck. Keep me posted. Its good support for us
I would definitely disregard the last answer you received, i couldn't even tell what the person was trying to say, little own what they meant about getting caught, but i'm not here to talk about others. Suboxene was approved by the FDA long ago and yes, it certainly can be used for pain. If someone is taking another opiod, they need to have that completely out of their system and then they are able to go on the suboxene, as it contains naltrexone, which, if you take it while you have another opiate in your system will definitely put you into severe withdrawls. BUT, and here is the good news, the FDA has just approved a Suboxene patch, called Butran, it does not contain the Naltrexone and is used simply for pain, not to help people get off of other opiates, which i believe the other person was speaking of when so adamant about suboxene not to be used for pain.
Even when it IS used to get off of other opiates, which means waiting until your system is clear of all other drugs, sometimes up to 3 days and sometimes you will go through withdrawls during the wait, when you do get on the suboxene is does help w/pain. If you are simply looking for a pain medication though, the best bet would be the Butran, which is the Suboxene patch just okayed by the FDA a month or so ago. There is a ton of info on Butran, so just look it up and you can find out what you might want to try. Good luck.
It is now generally preferred over any use of Methadone especially for withdrawal symptoms. I personally feel both Methadone and Suboxone are as dangerous as any opiate pain medication so if addiction is your primary concern verses using other opiates for pain, you may want to stick to your pain meds. If you have no choice but to go through withdrawals I have heard it does make withdrawals much easier.
Last year I was off of my strong narcotic pain med for over 3mos with nothing to help withdrawals. I was an idiot for doing this as I could've had seizures or even died.
Even though my doctor offered my pain meds back to me (after seeing a doctor there I had never met who ripped up my scripts in front of me saying I didn't have this disease I had dealt with for over 10yrs then), I refused them for over 3mos until I realized that after detoxing my pain was intolerable and the disease that caused it had worsened more than I knew over the years.
I have never abused any medications and remained on the same dose of my pain meds for 9 of over 11yrs now. I was offered higher doses many times and am allergic to any other form of a stronger opiate that has was given to me early on so I have refused increases due to the age when I was injured/diagnosed at 31 and now am only 42 and this is for life.
I hope this helps you decide what is best for you and what if any choices you do have.
If you are a person with a life long chronic pain condition and have never abused your meds, I hope you don't feel like you are an addict when truly we are dependent but all of us will withdrawal from these meds like an addict.
I hate having to take the meds I do but realize I have NO quality of life or function without them.
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