... switching to a pain medication instead. There is no way I can afford w/ a baby 700 bucks a month. If I can change to a pain med wouldn't I need something stronger then a loratab or percocet to get me out w/ds faster? Will I w/d even though I am transitioning and if so for how long until the opiate can enter the receptor and alleviate my w/ds? Would it be same as if I had just went cold turkey off the subutex? I CAN'T W/D AND TAKE OF MY CHILD W NO HELP SICK SO IT'S IMMEPERATIVE THIS ? IS ANSWERED 911 PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
You want to take an opiate after having been on subutex? Generally subutex is prescribed for opiate detoxification, so that is why I am wondering. If you are taking the Subutex (buprenorphine) for pain then you can switch to any opiate such as oxycodone and as long as you take it consistently and you will not go into withdrawls. The buprenorphine will stay in the brain for 3 - 5 days after the last dose and if you start the oxycodone or hydrocodone immediately after stopping the Subutex it will overlap enough to prevent withdrawls. I can't tell you how much to take of the oxycodone to equal what you were taking of the buprenorphine. Best to consult the doctor on the conversion.
The worry of withdrawls comes from being on an opiate and then taking Subutex or Suboxone before the opiate has left the system. The Subutex/Suboxone binds more readily to the opiate receptors in the brain and can cause precipitated withdrawls.
So as long as you are taking the Subutex first followed by the opiate you should be ok. Are you under a doctor's care? It is best to talk to the doctor about these options.
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