I have ADHD and I am prescribed 30 mg of Adderall per day. I broke my shoulder and have permanent pins in my arm and took Vicodin for 4 years and became addicted. I am now taking Suboxone for with drawls from the Vicodin addiction. Is this safe?
You really should discuss this with 1 of your docs. Either the one who gave you Adderall or the Sub doc. I am no adhd but several years ago I had to take Adderall for a few months for exhaustion. At the time I was also taking 5 - 8 mg of Subutex a day. I did mix them, and the doc who gave me Adderall knew I was also on Subx. So I don't think the problem is in mixing the 2 meds, I think if there is a problem it may be in how mixing them effects you and the adhd. For example the Sub may make the Adderall less effective or change how it effects you. But I saw no problem for me. In fact when the Adderall used to wear off I was expecting to be hit with a depression, but it never happened. Adderall had the nice side effect of making my depression go away. Amphetamines always did that for me. Maybe it was because I was taking Sub at the same time, or maybe not, but I didn't experience the usual crash from the Adderall running out. I had no depression for 2 weeks. Other people have told me the had a bad crash with Adderall, so IDK. To know more I would need to keep taking Adderall and experimenting with it. But that was a one time deal. I'm now on other meds for exhaustion that are not amphetamines. I would think it's fine for you to take both, but I prefer you asking 1 of your docs.
Good luck with the meds and I wish you the best.
hi leahcantu... i love your honesty, it's awesome... so many people will say they took an opiate and get defensive as to why, but u flat out say u became addicted... opiates ARE addicting, and absolute HELL to get off of... i got off of opiates 6 years ago, on my own... it was one of the worst experiences of my life... i drank as well, and when i stopped the opiates, i drank more than ever in order to cope with the withdrawals of the opiates (i took vicodin and percocet)... i stayed clean until february of 2010 and wasn't in the best place emotionally at that time... i had a dental appointment for severe tooth pain, and after my dentist determined i needed a root canal, i was caught off guard when she asked me if i was allergic to anything, and i found myself saying No, and left with just a small Rx for vicoprofen... i was as good as relapsed when i left with that piece of paper in my hand. I got the prescription filled and didn't touch it for 5 days, and then my tooth pain was so great that it was easy for me to justify taking a pill, which turned into 3, and long story made shorter, 7 months later i was a complete mess and attempting toItopiate addiction, and he told me about suboxone. I have now been clean off of opiates since 10/1/2010... i always suspected a form of ADHD was a possible condition for me, and after staying clean for close to a year and only taking my anti-d celexa and my suboxone, i was evaluated and diagnosed... I have been taking adderall since august, started with low dose and evetually was taking 40-60 adderall IR at the time shortage hit my area... i had to and keep altering what i take since it's been difficult to work around the shortage... i am taking adderall XR 20 mg, with an IR boost of dexedrine 5 mg, 1-2 pills per afternoon. I have found that the suboxone goes well with the adderall and have felt no negative interaction at all. It's important to drinks lots of water and get quality sleep as best u can, and force yourself if u have to, but eat a little throughout the day...
i still struggle with not having as much of an appetite since being on a stimulant, but if i keep it small it's manageable, and i always find that i feel better and my adderall is more effective.
Since being on suboxone for 13 months, i have been tapering off the last few months... it's been a slow process for me and i wouldn't have it any other way... i have way too much fear of another relapse, though it would be more of a choice than a relapse... i no longer take 2.5 suboxone a day, most days half of one or 1 full pill, and some days i have skipped entirely... adderall has helped me to take less suboxone for whatever reason, i am not sure, and my suboxone doctor told me most people take suboxone for a year. I do not agree with that, personally, and believe most people stay on it at least a couple of years... it's too easy to find yourself addicted again, when u least expect it, u will find yourself in an ER or doctors office and next thing u know u are in line at the pharmacy, with your heart racing while u wait for that Rx to be filled!!
sorry i went on for so long, but it was hard for me not to after seeing that there is someone else like me out there, who had struggled with vicodin and got help, and also take adderall... i don't know what you were diagnosed with, ADHD/ADD, narcolepsy, but please stick with the suboxone and the adderall, you will be fine and this is completely safe... as im sure u already know, the only thing that could make it UNSAFE would be if u abuse or take too much of the adderall...
good luck and congratulations on starting suboxone treatment and please email me if you have any questions or need somebody to talk to!
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