I have rheumatoid arthritis and am wondering if this drug works as a painkiller without the side effects of vicodin.I am prescribed vicodin but don't take it every day because it makes me drowsy and I can't function on it.My Dr said he wouldn't prescribe it (suboxin) under any circumstances and wouldn't give me any info.It would be awful nice to get some pain relief without being high.
Is it only for addiction, or does it work as a painkiller, too?
- 25 Mar 2011 by suffering mom
- 12 May 2011
- suboxone, vicodin, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, side effect, addiction, pain killers
Added 27 Mar 2011:
I can't tolerate the ansaids,had a bleeding problem several years ago from them,( that's why the vicodin ) but will try cutting them in half. Also I will talk to my Dr again.Thank you so much for the advice!
Added 27 Mar 2011:
I am on methotrexate and remicade and also predisnone when I get a big flare-up.I was diagnosed in 1996, so I have been living with this for a while.I don't drink or smoke and am not sure what benzos are but those are the only meds I'm on except for the B vitamin supplement that goes with the metho.
It helps somewhat, but is not likely to be as effective for pain as an opiate or methadone. Methadone is the med of choice for those who wish to stop opiates but need extreme pain relief. If it is properly taken ( which means NO benzo or alcohol) it is pretty safe for most people and is very long lasting. You could also try eating really well and taking a fraction of the vicodin that is prescribed instead of the whole amount to reduce the drowsiness.
Hey suffering mom,
Suboxone or actually buprenorphine, the active ingredient, comes in three forms: injection and patches for pain control and the tablet for opiate detoxification. I must say that there are a lot of other pain killers for rheumatoid arthritis. If you are interested in non narcotic and therefore won't make you drowsy medicaitons, there are non steroidal anti inflammatories (NSAID). I take one called Celebrex for my arthritis and it works very well. There are many NSAID's to chose from and your doctor will be fimilair. As I don't know what other medications you take nor your history, it would be best for the doctor to advise you whether this is an option for you.
Good luck and keep in touch,
To be honest Suboxin has many of the same side effects as any pain killer. I’m not sure how you learned about Suboxin as an option to treat acute pain, Suboxin purpose is to treat withdraw symptoms from opiates. Suboxin can help for pain but has many complications with long term use. My advice is to tell your doctor exactly what you posted on this site. If his answer doesn’t satisfy you consulate a doctor that specializes in Suboxin. It takes a special license to prescribe this drug because of the drugs side effects.
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