I've been taking between 150-220 mg of oxycodone for six months and am wondering if suboxone short-term is the way to go. Any experiences out there that would be of help? I would very much appreciate it.
It is certainly one way to go. Have you tried cutting down and getting to your minimal dose that doesn't put you in too much wds? Have you been addicted to anything before the past 6 months? Just a couple important ?'s cause suboxone tx is no cake walk either. Wouldn't want you to get into even more of a problem.
Phoenix, If you want to speak to Robert, go to community, look for forum/discussion boards, click that and then look for top members on that site and click Robert_325, the post your thread. This is where he tends to be and prefers the forum to this part of the site. What happens when anyone gets dependent on opiate based pain meds is that the neurotransmitter sites that signal the receptor sites become damaged and go "offline" so to speak, it has to heal and reboot, and come back online in order to properly function again. One caveat about suboxone, if you think you will need surgery, even dental, have that done first as suboxone will make your opiate based pain meds not work and it is recommended that you tell the doctor, the surgeon or dentist, and the persons doing anesthesia that you are on subs as you will need special care in being put to sleep. Suboxone when properly used does help heal the brain, it stops withdrawal and craving. If I personally had to do the suboxone thing again, I would have demanded subutex, but that is a different story. You will have to remain on the subs long enough to heal the damaged parts of the brain and that time varies according to how long you took the opiates and how much you took. Most subs doctors are not trained to taper you down or get you off of it, we can help you with that here. They often prescribe a bit more than you need and they are only following what the company trained them to do, you have to remember that the doctor treating you with it probably has never been on it and may have never gotten someone off of it. I was way overprescribed subs at first, had no idea, but after a year and a half of treatment, found this site and managed to taper myself off from 12 mgs down to .25 and then off, but I am happy to report I had NO WITHDRAWAL. I did it slowly, Robert does have a very quick taper schedule, I personally have never seen anyone post how they felt as they did it or how they felt when they came off of it that rapidly. I do know I have seen multiple posts about tapering down and when the person came off, they complained of long and hard withdrawal, so,I urge you to be very careful as you come off of it. It does work. Oh and subutex actually has a generic, which is much cheaper than the subs pills or films. The withdrawal phase to get on subs is only about 24 hours, you won't feel great, but the subs work in 20 to 45 minutes and continue to reach a peak for 2 hours and then it should hold you for over 24 hours, although most people take a dose everyday. You will see that each doctor treats people differently on subs and that the induction fees and office visit fees vary WILDLY, so, when you are looking for a doctor, ask the following questions ( go to suboxone.com and find the doctor locator link for a list of doctors in your area who are licensed to prescribe subs) 1) will the doctor write for subutex, or only suboxone 2) does the doctor file insurance for suboxone therapy 3) what is the cost of the induction fee 4) how much are office visits and how often would you be required to come in for refills 5) what other requirements will the doctor make to continue to treat you with subs. Call all the doctors listed in your area and you will quickly see that these fees can be quite pricey, but they do vary. I hope that helped at least some .Pattishan61
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