I have a dear friend That has been taking hydrocodone for years due to a herniated disk in her back... she feels the need to take them due to her daily pain but also feels addicted and wants to stop... suboxone is expensive and her prinary care doctor wouldn't prescribe... due to the addictive nature of this drug... is there anyone working on a drug or way to stop taking these addictivge opiods without the horrible side effects... she has tried going cold turkey and cannot... she has a middle schooler and a job and without thek... she is in bed with the same symptoms of a horrible case of the flu... anyone have any suggestions???
Is there anything other then suboxone to help get through opioid withdrawal?
Added 3 Jun 2011:
I do understand what you are saying...however I'm not sure she is that strong....and I'm sure she's not the only one addicted that isn't.....she has done that....she shared with me that she can do that for a bit and then she will go back to full dose and then its like starting again....guess she's and I am to looking for that quick fix for her........its been a battle for some time and I think at this point she is back to full amount she usually takes.....however....she has made a step forward she has shared the fact she has a problem with them...I've asked her in the past and she has denied.....again...just seems like it should be easier for someone that wants to stop abusing.....does anyone know what suboxone actually is??? Is it a dirivitive of opiods?....what's the difference in it and opoids??
She can taper off the hydrocodone by slowly reducing the milligrams over time and avoid most of the withdrawals. It takes determination, but it can be done. Of course, she will then have to find a way to deal with the pain. There are numerous meds that might help her with pain though that are not addictive or narcotic. Medicines like Lyrica are good for nerve pain and non steroidal anti inflammatories may help as well. She needs to talk to her doctor about alternatives and then she can taper off the hydrocodone.
It makes me pretty angry at the drug company's that know the nature of this drug and how addictive it is... I understand there is a pyscholgist somewhere... first name Cass... that has wrote a book on Xanax addiction and how to kick the addiction... I know people say exercise and diet help but when you are highly addicted... have a child ,a job and need to function... those things just don't help... have these drug company's thought at all about coming out with a drug that helps the opiod addition... other then suboxone... which I understand can be as addictive if not more then the opiods???
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