Or will it hinder his recovery?
You will probably get alot of answers on here both pro and con. Suboxone opiate replacement therapy can be a Godsending Lifesaving treatment if he uses the right doctor and the right addiction therapist. What he needs to think about is the cravings, the history of addiction in the family, and if he can afford to suffer thru 1 to 4 weeks of withdrawal from the oxycontin abuse. It is not listed in your post how much or how long he has been taking the oxy now, if he has been taking less than 100 mgs or taking it for less than a year, he may only have a week to 1o days of withdrawal getting better each day. If he has a larger habit, it could stretch into 4 weeks. Some people are working with young families and they can NOT afford to be sick that long. You may have never suffered thru opiate withdrawal but it is like having the Flu and Stomach Flu at the same time, not to mention the guilt, shame, and depression at the same time. He will have to go thru only about 24 hours of withdrawal to be inducted onto suboxone, he has to have all opiate off the receptor sites in the brain before starting suboxone. If he doesn't wait, he will go into something called precipitated withdrawal and it is pretty bad. Suboxone is a large molecule that needs all the room on the opiate receptors, if there is opiate on the receptors, the 2 meds will fight it out, dropping both meds off those sites and withdrawal increases to major epic proportions. He will get relief in 20 to 45 minutes after he is properly inducted onto suboxone. This therapy quells all craving and withdrawal and he will need the drug counseling to go with it, people who do the therapy have a much reduced chance of relapse. You may or may not know that only doctors who have taken the suboxone course have legal license to put someone on suboxone. If you will go to the suboxone.com homepage, there should be a doctor locator feature, use this and write down ALL the doctor's who give it out in your area. Call them all, and find out what fees run, there will be an induction fee and office visit fees after the first visit, also ask how often the patient will be required to revisit. These fees can vary alot in price. There is a generic of the sister medication called subutex, you might ask if the doctor writes for that as well. Subutex does NOT have the second blocker drug in it, and if has a much less expensive generic. Most subs doctors won't file insurance for the visits, but many insurance companies do pay for the medication. Suboxone can run aroun $8 per pill, but most doctors write for 2 pills per day, he actually may need less per day. I would like to also tell you about a doctor who has YouTube videos named SuboxDoc, and a suboxone patient named Maple2609 also has informative easy to understand videos on suboxone on YouTube.com. Many may say you can't get off suboxone or that it is impossible to do without withdrawal from subs, but it is possible, you can click my avatar or highlighted screen name to read my profile story about my experience with suboxone. It does work, but you may see other people warning you about this medication who do NOT properly understand it or used it improperly whether they knew they were doing so or not.So sorry about the long answer. Good Luck, Pattishan ps, if i had it to do over, I would ask for subutex instead of suboxone.
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