... taking suboxone 8 mg tablets. do these pills produce the same effects that i saw when he was on heroin? Thanks for a quick response
Suboxone is a form of buprenorphene and naloxone. It isn't even close to heroin but what it does is fills the opiate receptors in the brain so that a couple things can happen. 1) The receptor blocking allows the brain to slowly revert back to it's normal chemical state, 2) By blocking the receptors your son will not experience the devastating withdrawls and cravings that kept him going back to heroin. Now his dose may be a bit high if he is nodding and he needs to speak with his prescribing doctor about this. This drug works wonders and is in no way exchanging one bad drug for another as there is all kinds of physical and mental healing that is taking place. It takes a long time to recover from opiate abuse so be patient and supportive. Good luck... Dave
Yes, I saw the same thing with my daughter. The Suboxone allowed her to get clean, but had it's own side effects. Better than heroin, it's a step in the right direction, but it's not a cure all. She still had mood swings and it was tough to find the right dosage. The less time he spends on it the better... but I had to completely leave it up to her. She eventually weaned herself off and replaced the Suboxone with a low dose of Xanax and lots of vitamins. This was much better, but also temporary. There are many things that can help, so don't give up. The more time he's used, the longer it takes to stabilize. One thing my daughter swears by is a magnesium drink called "Natural Calm" (or something similar) that you mix with hot water and drink like tea. It calms nerves and muscles (so it was really great for me too! ) You can get it at most health food stores. Hang in there, it sounds like he is moving in the right direction.
My son was a heroin addict (and oxycontin which is heroin) and he went to a 6 month rehab and is on suboxone now and there is no similarily - he is a functioning, working peroson on suboxone - I still view it as a relapse but that is MY problem. He is doing very well and all things considered it is so much cheaper and better for them. All my thoughts are with any parent who is going through this nightmare.
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