im asking this because he never feels good anyway,i dont think its normal to take for 6 years... is there a medication better.
Dear Jody, welcome to the site. It's not unheard of, but many patients don't see an addiction therapist to help guide them thru the recovery process, however there isn't enough info in this post for me to say whether he might be a candidate for tapering off or whether he might need a maintenance dose forever. What opiate or opiates was he dependent on previously before suboxone. How long did he struggle on opiates. Has he had relapses while on suboxone. How high a dose is he on of suboxone. If you can hit comment and answer some of these questions, it will help us offer a better answer. Thanks, patti
You may get a lot of different opinions on this. Mine is that there is no normal amount of time to be on Sub. It varies greatly based on the person, and why he's taking it. It makes some of us feel normal for the first time, and we may never go off it.
You need to explain what it means that he never feels good anyway. He may be taking too much, or not enough. I agree that you need to give us a lot more information. And please include his age. I always need to know a person's age. And then add everything else Patti asked for. But especially why he doesn't feel good anyway. I'm also on it about 6 years but I feel better than I ever did in my life. Which doesn't mean I'm always happy or always perfectly fine. But I am always better than I was before I ever took it.
One last question, is it his opinion that he never feels good, or is it yours?
Thanks, we await your answers.
Hi jody - The only other medication would be methadone, and I wouldn't think it was a good alternative, given the small amount of history you've given. That would only be if he had chronic and pretty severe pain. Its not exactly "strung out" on meds, as if it was heroin or something. There are definite reasons for some to be on suboxone for life, but the Dr. should work that out with him. Its not like Subox. alters your personality to the point of being "wasted", which is what I think when someone says "strung out". Some people are chronic relapsers, and anything is better than taking that risk. However, that being said, I think its crucial to supplement the Subox. with Addiction therapy and 12 step groups, not necessarily NA, but AA has a lot of recovery. I know many professionals that have chosen to use Subox for life/indefinitely (Drs., attorneys, etc.) due to the problems they had with chronic relapse/pain.
You don't mention his dose, but one rarely needs a very high dose on this med, in my ever so humble opinion! Even at 1mg, I've found great stability. Maybe your husband needs to look at some of the other medical reasons for feeling bad. Is he eating healthily and is he exercising enough... just some options. Good luck. Jillian
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