for a long time. Well, I have been on sub For 7+mths and know that I will need it for alot longer. When you quit using and are taking subs you have to change everything about your life. The people, places, the way you communicate, and how you feel about your self. If I am on subs for the next three years, at least thats three years of me doing right and making a difference in my life.
I was reading a post where someone said that they didn't agree with Drs keeping people on suboxone?
Added 8 Feb 2011:
I am 31 yrs old and have been on drugs since I was 13 I know alot about addiction and what it does to you. I am not a Dr. or any type of medical pro. at all but have been there done that for a long time. Sub is my miracle drug it is hard to tell where I would b if I hadn't started taking it. Like any true addict I done it the wrong way first and bought it off the street but even doing that it changed everything for me.
Added 8 Feb 2011:
now the big uh oh. I am pregnant and on sub. I haven't told my Dr yet but am when I go back. I know not to just stop doing it but I have cut back a little, not enough for me to be able to tell. I know that he will put me on subutex but would much rather not do anything. Even though I was an addict for yrs when I got pregnant with my 1st I quit it all. I always said if I couldnt quit for the sake of my child..... now I am scared to switch to subutex. Everything is going so good and I am afriad of withdrawls. Has anyone been switched for suboxone to subutex and could you tell a difference?
Hi there. Like you, I have been on suboxone over a year. And clean for 7 months. First off I just want to say congrats on being clean and I know how hard it is to change your whole life around. I also don't understand those who disagree so much with this medication because it saved my life too. I used to do grams and grams of heroin everyday. I started off at 32 mgs and now I'm down to 1mg of the suboxone strips. I think it can do wonders if you're responsible and take your treatment very seriously. I will tell you my experiences with both suboxone and subutex. I hope it helps, I'm no expert or doctor but I do have experience with both and I know it's always nice to hear personal experiences. PLEASE FOR ANYONE WHO READS UNDERSTAND I'M JUST TELLING MY STORY AND WHAT I KNOW, I DON'T THINK I'M AN EXPERT I JUST WANT TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE. I REALLY DON'T WANT TO OFFEND OR MAKE ANYONE ANGRY!!
I actually started out with subutex and after awhile the taste made me very nauseated so I switched to suboxone(tastes just as bad). I never noticed any difference and because subutex is only $5 for me and suboxone is $50, I would get whichever script I could afford that month. I actually seemed to have more stomach issues on suboxone than the subutex. And my doctor also told me that subutex would be easier on my body because it doesn't have naloxone, and it was better on my stomach. I'm not saying its good to go back and forth, but I was able to and my doctor who has been specifically treating opiate addicts for 15 years was ok with it. I get on here and read a lot of crap about bad doctors and how they don't know anything and I feel so bad for these people. I got extremely lucky because I have a very smart doctor who is always very thorough and makes sure his patients are well educated about everything and taken care of. Since I live an hour away he calls weekly to check in and talk and does this with every patient. He is a part of my family now and will forever be a friend and a hero, he is dedicated to his work and I wish everyone was able to get as lucky as I did. Anyways, I decided to get the suboxone strips and stick to that because now I can get them for free, but with all my experience I didn't notice any difference or have any withdrawals switching. I actually think Subutex is better altogether and I'm probably going to switch back for my last couple of months because these strips make me throw up quite a bit if I take too much. But please, talk to your doctor and let him know your situation, this is just my story I just wanted you to know how I felt when I switched. I have a very sensitive stomach too, we're all different and I think naloxone is what upsets my body. I DONT WANT ANYONE TO TAKE ANY OF THIS ADVICE THE WRONG WAY.
If you're pregnant I really recommend telling your doctor immediately.
He/she will help you and give you the best advice and you guys can work together to figure out the right amt to take and the best way to taper down. I also would really not stop altogether or cut your dosage too low that your withdrawaling just for the sake of your baby's health. My friend is pregnant and currently on Subutex, she also used to be on Suboxone. She is extremely careful with her medication and weening herself down very slowly so the baby doesn't experience withdrawals either. This is her second child and was also switched to subutex the first time she gave birth and there were no issues. It's very important you contact your doc immediately and have them monitor you very closely.
I hope this helps you in any way, don't be afraid of switching over to subutex. I guess it's less harmful to the baby. I have never had kids so I can't imagine how worried you must be and maybe my advice isn't very good but I just wanted to let you know I've had a more positive experience on subutex and could not tell any difference besides less stomach problems. I really hope someone who has gone through what you're going through will give you some better advice than me. All I can say is go to the doc ASAP.
My prayers are with you and your infant. I hope everything goes ok and I wish you the best of luck on your recovery. Be proud for making the right choices. I can't imagine how hard it would be to quit after so many years. You should be so proud of yourself. I want you to be ok and have a healthy baby. And I know once you talk to your doctor and figure out the best way to go about treatment, you will feel so much better.
Take care of yourself hun and keep us posted. Do some research, read other stories about people who have gone through the same thing. Do you have a counselor/therapist? Maybe that could help too. Your doctor should be able to refer you to one that can help with your situation. That is what my doctor did and It's helped a lot. I'm sorry for rambling so much I just hope you're pregnancy is a success and if my advice sucks, at least know that you have support and someone to talk to at anytime. I hope this brings you any kind of faith or ease. You seem like an incredibly strong woman, and a wonderful mother. You will be in my prayers!
Lorie, I am 99% positive you will NOT go into withdrawal when you are switched to subutex, it simply doesn't have the naloxone in it, it still has the bupenorphine in it. The bupe is what is keeping you out of withdrawal, not the naloxone. Please call your subs doctor AND your Ob and let subs doctor know your pregnant, and the OB doctor know you are on subs. Believe me, it is better for everyone concerned,but especially the baby. Congrats and make sure you read the comment by the professional just above my answer. Pattishan
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