Suboxone and surgery How do subs and major surgery mix?
- 31 Jan 2012 by Hrmnee
- 31 Jan 2012
- suboxone, pain, surgery, narcotic
I guess I'll let you knolw in a few days!
My Dr's said, uh, we'll have to give you more pain medication and you will have to take narcotics for several weeks. Not again! How do I not get hooked on them? I swore I would never take narcotics again, oh, and then he said, you'll just have to figure out how to stop taking them.
Because I took pain pills for 12 years even though I have gone without for 15 months, does this mean I will nessarily have a problem stopping them again? harmony
Hi Harmony Sweetie,
I guess you're having the surgery tomorrow (Tuesday) is that right? I know it's scary especially after successfully getting off pain pills. I really don't think if it is handled correctly that you will have a problem transitioning back to the Subs once you stop needing the pain meds. I know you really don't want to fall back into addiction and that is half the battle. You are a strong and amazing woman. I know you will come through this just fine. I believe in you!! You can do this!! I will say an extra prayer for you tonight and be sending healing thoughts to you tomorrow. What time is the surgery? If there is anything else I can do please just let me know.
Much love and big hugs -Terri-
Hi Harmony, first good luck with your surgery. I think PattiShan61 is the one to answer this question. I was trying to remember what she told someone else a few days a go, but don't want to get it wrong. What I think she told them that when it's time to come go back off your pain meds, you will have to wait 1 least a day to restart you suboxone, but you need to check with her. Hopefully she will she your question & give you the answer you are looking for. Just because you have to take the narcotics for surgical pain doesn't mean you have to go back to being an addict. suboxone will still be there as an option when you are out of pain. I wish you the best... Mary
Harmony, there are 2 choices i know of here, take No opiates and up you dose of subs, or, stop your subs, take the short acting opiates and go into wd to restart subs when you are ready to be off the short acting opiates again. It is impossible to truly predict if it will be hard for you personallt to stop the opiates, but, you likely will not be able stop subs, take the short acting opiates and taper off those and take no more subs, once the brain gets used to long acting opiate replacement like subs, you will have take that after your stint on the short acting opiates. Good luck on surgery. Patti
At some point the Doc's will refuse to give you the short acting opiates. They know how long the pain lasts after surgery. When that happens you just induct your self back onto Suboxone. I would have said Subutex, because it was way better. But they no longer make it.
Just don't worry. I've done this 4 or 5 times before. I forget how many times I've gone back and forth. It's not a problem. When they tell you that you can't do that, that's disinformation. It is not true.
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