I have used Subutex, then Suboxone for pain control. The insurance company became involved and would not pay for Subutex as I have a history of drug and alcohol abuse (but was not "using" at the time I was switched to Subutex, only taking tramadol prescribed). After switching to Subutex, my dose was a total of 32mg. a day (two 8mg. AM ad PM).
Before long, the insurance company wrote me a letter stating Suboxone was not for pain control. My insurance reached it's limit and I'll spare the details as most members aren't looking at that "donut hole" lack if any coverage.
I took it for a year and the effects waned over time but it did work for me, for a time. I developed a reaction in my mouth (it's taken under your tongue, and don't swallow) and my swallowing ironically, which I my doctor said is uusual. Perhaps it was the orange dye, or perhaps it was the combination of Klonipin and Zolpidem that I was also taking (plus Zetia and thyroid meds).
Other things to become aware of is that this drug, buprenorphine, does boost your tolerance. I understand stopping is not easy, but it's done every day in in- and out-patient treatment centers. It's quite expensive, so there's the insurance issue.
What kind of pain are you having? What else have you tried? Have you been seen in pain clinics? I doing that right now and I have to say that the first two that I went to were not supportive, in fact horrified at my ocycontin dose and unwilling to prescribe at that dose .. never more than 60 mg was what one said. Another offered me only one medication but I'd have to detox down to 60 mg.or so. I honestly don't remember because it seems so impossible. I start another next week and will keep writing.
I have not used it, but have seen many people use Suboxone for addiction and pain. In time your doctor will switch you over to Subutex as it has a generic and much cheaper. On the people I have seen using it did quite well.
I read the comment above, and what is surprising: Aetna Ins. says Addiction has now under regular medical and not mental health. This is a big bonus, so with Aetna they can not do what the commenter before said was done to them. Which was a real shame.
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