... successful in not using since also Iam married and now have a college degree so methadone has saved me. My problem is I can no longer afford it and my family. I do have insurance and I have been considering a switch to suboxone ,however I have heard mixed reviews related to people making the switch whom have had heavy habits at one time. I will say I have brought my methadone dose down to 30 mg a day and have been at this level for 4 months. Problem their is once I got below 40mg I have had a continued negative effect from this. This also worry's me , still I must find a financial solution and it can nolonger be my family that pays. I have alot to live for now ,and I do not want to go back to what I was before. I have to find a solution soon!!!
Hello I was a heroine user for 12 years , I got on methadone 8 years ago , and have been extremely?
Added 24 Apr 2011:
Thank You guys. Yes I understand the transition phase, and my Doctor is also the Doctor at the local methadone center I attend so I trust him. My biggest concerns are in regards to the difference in the way suboxone feels compared to methadone. I really just want to remain normal and continue with the good fight, however I'm worried that maybe suboxone will not support me , and that I may start to have cravings again. I have been stable on methadone ,and have worked to reduce my dose.
Suboxone is definitely an option. You are down to an acceptable level of methadone to make the jump to suboxone with a doctor's supervision. There is protocol that must be followed before switching to Suboxone such as you need to be in adequate withdrawal before starting and have been off the methadone completely for around 72 hours before starting. If you start too soon you will experience what is called precipitated withdrawals. Try googling "suboxone doctors" and get some names of doctors in your area, give them a call and inquire about programs and pricing. You can also call 1-877-suboxone to ask questions about this medication.
You will have to taper off the Suboxone some day. My doctor recommends being on the Suboxone 3 to 6 months max. You need to be on it long enough to "heal" the brain but don't need to stay on it for ever. You could be free from this addiction soon. Wouldn't that be awesome?
PS Congratulations on the degree and keep up the good work!!
It would also probably be better if you started on subutex and then were switched to suboxone. Methadone is a long acting med, it slowly recedes off the receptor sites and out of the body, so, the adjustment period to suboxone or subutex is a bit trickier than regular short acting opiates. I certainly am not trying to discourage you, I am just advising you to make SURE your doctor has inducted multiple patients from methadone to subutex, subutex also has a generic. Not all subs doctors will write for subutex either, ASK first when trying to find a doctor. I am not sure, but I am thinking since you have been on methadone for so long, you are not going to be able to come off suboxone or subutex in 3 to 6 months, I would think you needed a bit more time to heal your receptor sites in the brain.
I know all doctors who treat with subs actually treat differently, some say 3 to 6 months, many say until you get over cravings period, some say for as long as you have been on opiates, so, don't count on absolutely being off of it in 3 to 6 months. Best of Luck, God Bless you for doing so well. Patti
well how much is your methadome i get 300 pills a month for 44 and i dont have insurance. I was on suboxone and did not fair well i had migrains almostt immediately. After my dose, it made unresponsive and tired, but that is just me i know many people ot hs done wonders for so it could be a solution, now you are going to go thrrogh so/e withdraw being on it that long, but the suboxone should. Hope i was helpful, ur friend if needed, anber
my initial visit for suboxone was 315 dollars and 115 monthly. That is just for the dr visit and from what i hear, that's a pretty good price. The medication costs me 420 a month. Altogether, suboxone is costing me 535 dollars a month, and it hasn't been doing me near as well as the methadone. If i wasnt too far from a methadone clinic, i would be back on the methadone. 7 weeks into the suboxone and I just want my methadone back.
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