I was told I could only take it in front of her to be supervised. Will this be the normal protacol for the duration of my prescription?
Suboxone is usually prescribed as a medicine for opiate detoxification. It is to help a patient get off opiate pain killers. Not sure why your doctor wants to monitor your taking of the med. Best to ask her.
You must be at least 24 hours free of short acting opiates and 72 hours free of longer acting opiates before taking the Suboxone. Just to let you know. Otherwise, you can get very sick from precipitated withdrawals.
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I would have a serious talk with the doctor and get a treatment plan if I were you.
I wanted to respond but not sound accusatory of either the poster or the dr. Many pain management drs are almost being forced to weed out some of their pain management patients and feel suboxone might help some of the people. Each person reports different levels of pain relief with suboxone, some do very well. The reason the pain management dr wants to monitor the first dose of 2 is because they are supposed to monitor the vitals and how much relief the person has and how fast, as this helps guide the dr in dosing. The vital signs are monitored for several reasons while the person sits in the office, number one being they must be in withdrawal to start the medication and the vitals can fluctuate during the induction, or start onto suboxone. Normally they don't monitor each visit, but they may ask to for the first dose or two.
Your dr may be interested in switching your from opiates to opiate replacement to see how well you do, or simply be under the gun to take some patients off their regular meds and put them on suboxone. This needs to be discussed more with you, please don't say however that you heard that some pm drs have to weed out patients, as this might aggravate the dr. It is a possiblity they are under pressure from writing too many pain meds, or the dr may feel it will get rid of your pain, I hate to second guess this. Please discuss all your concerns with your dr, and if you don't feel comfortable, or wish to make this switch, you may have to find a new pain management dr. You didn't mention what is causing your pain, an injury, an illness, or condition, the addition of that info might help us trouble shoot this a bit more. Have you also cooperated with the pain management dr and tried any alternative treatment or tests, patients who are dead set to get pain meds and won't consider dr recommendations of other therapies, treatment, or tests, sometimes raise a red flag with the dr and sometimes those are the patients they tend to switch to suboxone to see if it helps. Hope you get some answers from your dr quickly, Patti
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