I have just recently gotten back on the methadone program for treatment of my heroin addiction. I've been hearing bits and pieces of info about suboxone. I am wondering if suboxone may be a better form of treatment than methadone??? I have weaned down and gotten off of methadone before and the withdrawal from it was pretty bad (i stopped taking it at about 10mls). I've never taken suboxone and don't even really know what it is but if the withdrawal from it is any better than what I went through and am going to go through again with methadone... i'm game!!!
It can be much better however the switch from methadone to subutex first then to suboxone is the trickiest there is, you must taper to 30 mgs of less of methadone and then wait 72 hours methadone free before being switched to subutex and the possibly go on suboxone of you will go into a horrible form of withdrawal known as precipitated withdrawal. Many clinics and suboxone drs are not doing the switch correctly and are putting people into precipitated withdrawal by doing the switch wrong. Not try to scare of dissuade you, just make sure it is done correctly.
Methadone I believe should be used for Heroin, Highdose Oxycontin, Morphine or some other longer-acting opioids addicts. Suboxone is too new and seems too weird a drug to be just putting people on it. The Suboxone seems help those that are addicted to Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, or a codeine, the little Opioids. And what if you've been on Valium or Xanax for years? They can't put you on both due to severe side effects & death. And they can't just take you off any Benzodiazepine that's been used for long periods, the withdrawls from those can kill you.
I have been addicted to opiates for 6 years. Did methadone and suboxone, and to be honest the withdrawal is all the same. You don't have to go to a clinic to get suboxone, but you do have to be strong in wanting to stay clean, it's hard, but seems to me it's a never ending cycle no matter what you choose. Suboxone is however a lifetime maintence medication, the doctor's I've seen won't try to ween you off if you tell them you need to be on it. Good luck!
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