I have been on sub for about 2 months. I have had horrible chronic back pain for about 14 years. I took my meds fine until about 1 1/2 yr ago & then I started having a problem. Went & got on suboxone but I hate it, I have had every se there is plus it doesn't help my pain at all. I see a new dr on monday, should I be honest or should I try to leave out the sub part??I really think I could take my pain meds ok now if I have something that will actually really control the pain. He prescribes sub so I think he may test for it. If I don't take any more before my 1p appt on monday will it show up? Will I be sick by then? Thank you so much!
I get where your coming from but I'm sure before he would prescribe you any pain meds. he would have to give you a drug test. If it ever showed up after you lied to him then he would never want to prescribe pain meds to you. I would be honest. Subs are in your system for more than 1 day so if he tested for subs it would show up. I would explain that you tried to come off all meds because you didnt want to be on them forever but that the pain is too much. I think he will respect that.
Definitely be honest with your new doctor about the suboxone and maybe tell him/her how good you were with the medication until it started not working and that that is why you started suboxone. Most people cringe when they hear the word methadone but it is an excellent long term pain medicine. Suboxone stays in your brain for on average 5 days, everyone is different, but I think you will still have it in your system and it will still be blocking pain meds on Monday. It is fortunate that you picked a doctor who prescribes suboxone as he will know how to help you and be able to answer suboxone questions properly. I don't think you will be sick by then either, but, make sure you have some advil and imodium ad just in case. Best of luck to you.
My god your story mirrors mine. I was addicted to opiates, I almost didn't make it. I was hospitalised for 4 weeks. On the first week I remember nothing. They thought I wasn't going to make it. I too have a chronic back and my addiction started by taking pain meds. I was prescribed suboxone and it finally started to work. My pain will never be all gone but suboxone and my AA meetings are what is keeping me alive. Sometimes when we are medicated we tend to forget our backs are not healthy and we do things that can damage our backs more. I would suggest you continue taking your meds and be honest with your new doctor and just make sure ou watch your activities keeping in mind that you have a bad back and must limit certain activities. My pain is fairly well managed but being on the opiates is more dangerous that suffering a little.
You must be honest, or he will not prescribe anything to you. Buprenorphine, the active ingredient in suboxone has a 35 to 40 hour half-life, very long, so your going to pee green for a long time, plus your going to come to your MD in opiate withdrawal, which he will spot in a heartbeat. Also, are you on suboxone for opiate addiction? I wasn't clear from your post, if you are, do not go on opiates again, that addiction never leaves you, if you were prescribed for just pain and not addiction, simply tell your MD it's not working well and ask to be changed to something else. If it's for addiction, you should stay on suboxone, but does the new MD have a liscense to prescribe it? Very few physicians have a liscense to prescribe this. Also, how much suboxone do you take? If does is too high, it becomes a full antagonist which can lead to more pain, hence the saying of "less is more".
Other non-opiate pain killers will actually work more effectively for pain the longer your on suboxone because of one of the opiate mu receptors it blocks. By the way, I am a PharmD and am on day two of suboxone therapy, so I know where your coming from on both sides of the fence. Hang in their.
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