... insurance just stoped there coverage for the next 4 months and i can't aford $265.00 a month for this medicene. I will need togo back to a opiate for this time. How should Igoabout this change?
The Suboxone will stay in your system for a few days so you'll have time to start on another pain medicine. The doctor will have to do the conversion for you as I don't know what he will switch you to. Don't wait until you run out though to get to the doctor as you will go into withdrawals from the Suboxone.
I agree with Laurie, and will add what I know to that. If you can get your subs dr to write you subutex instead of suboxone, it has a generic that is much less expensive. The problem with being on suboxone is that your brain gets used to a heavier duty longer acting medication, and I will use this next thing I say as a visual way to express it. Subxone, subutex and methadone "stretch out" the receptor sites and short acting opiates will work after they recede off the receptors, but you may find they don't work as well or for as long a time as they did while on them BEFORE you started suboxone, subutex or methadone. This may not be exactly what happens literally (for those who do know how these work in the brain) but it gives the poster a visual image they can understand. As a person tapers off suboxone, subutex or methadone, those receptors "shrink," so they don't hold or will need that much anymore and the brain slowly will reboot its natural Pain relieving system that will eventually start up and work again a person can be given some short acting opiates while on suboxone, until it recedes off , and once the subs recedes, the opiate will work again, but your tolerance will be much higher, that is why I am suggesting subutex generic as an alternative. I hope this makes some sense. It is only when one wishes to starts suboxone after being on short acting opiates, that one MUST wait the 24 hour withdrawal period, allowing all residual opiate to leave their receptors, so the larger suboxone will have enough room to sit down and work. If a person attempts to take suboxone without waiting, the subs and the short acting opiates will fight for the same receptor site space precipitated withdrawal will occur. if you are seeing a pain management dr, explain the financial issue and discuss subutex or methadone as options.hope this helps, patti
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