... subutex but cannot find a dr. in my area that prescribes it. Why are dr. reluctant to prescribe subutex as opposed to suboxone?
Most doctors don't prescribe subutex because it doesn't contain Naloxone, which is an opiate(or opioid) antagonist. The naloxone in Suboxone will make the person VERY ill if he/she takes any opiates. Its called precipitated withdrawals and it's not fun! I.V users also prefer subutex because it can be crushed and injected for a high. If Suboxone is shot up, again with the heavy duty w/ds. If you are weaning off correctly, you shouldn't have a problem and really don't need to start on Subutex--Kinda sounds like overkill. Well, good luck and be well. Julie
Dont switch to subutex. i was on subutex for 3 years and switched to suboxone for the last year. had weaned myself down from 8 mg subutex to 1mg by myself bcuz my dr would not help. I couldnt wean any lower from the subutex bcuz the w/ds were very bad, so i switched to suboxone hearing that they werent as bad. some was true, but the w/ds were practically the same. i moved out of state n couldnt find a dr closer than 2 hrs away. well i didnt have a ride to my appt and my dr said that i couldnt come back. i ended up goin into full w/d , (the worst thing anyone can imagine, i actually wished to b dead for some of that time which would have been better than goin thru that, and no i really was not goin to kill my self :)) that was 4 months ago. for 3 wks i had w/ds that gradually decreased but still to this day i dont feel completely normal. i have anxiety EVERY day, some days worse than others. its usually bearable, but its still annoying. i never feel completely relaxed.
Its happy to hear that you want to get off them, personally i think the drs that prescribe this medication do not understand it is supposed to be for short term opiod dependence not something they should prescribe for a long time. its just replacing one opoid for another, your just not gettn high anymore. the w/ds are the same from a sub as they are from an oxy or worse. im so happy i dont have to worry about taking a pill everyday to feel normal again. n to tell u the honest truth when i went into w/d from not having any suboxone if i could have found any kind of pain pill to buy or take i would have just to have that awful feeling of w/d go away, but i was in a new state didnt know anyone and i had to go thru 24 hrs of intense w/d , now that i look back i am happy i did go thru it n get it over with. i guess u could say i went cold turkey, but it was off of 1mg of suboxone, i would advise anyone trying to do what i did with any dose higher than that, and i give you props if you actually would go cold turkey off of a smaller dose, it is VERY intense and unbearble. Ok just wanted to share my story about it to u. Hope u have good luck with the weaning. it is hard but can b done, TRUST ME if i can do, ANYONE can do it.
I am SO sorry for the misinformation. No excuse, but my head has been a little foggy now that I'm in my last week of Suboxone. It's the other way around, Precipitated withdrawals come from not waitng the 36+ hrs.(or score at least a 26 on the C.O.W.S sheet) found here on this site, before starting the Subs. Again my apologies. Julie
Check this website www.NAABT.com. It will match you with doctors in your area. I am off subutex now but when I was inducted my dr. chose it over suboxone because I take medicine for depression and the naloxone can cause depression. No dr. will tell you this but I read it in the pharmaceutical. insert that no one reads. If you can't find a different dr. to give you subutex tell your current dr. you are feeling depressed. Good Luck and God Bless
You need to a. Start to exercise this helps with your body's natural opiates. B. Drink organic teas that cleans out your body like everyday detox C. More tea only this time echinacea as it boost your immune system D. More tea this one for restlessness called chamomile. And finally a multi vitamin as all drugs strip you of your health. It took me about two weeks before I felt better. It's the worst thing I ever went threw but I need no pills to make it threw the day. The government loves people that think they need something to be normal. Don't waste your time with pills when GOD gave us nature. :)
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