thinking of trying suboxone to rid my recent oxy dependance due to major surgery any thoughts or testimonials good or bad
hi chrcau,i have been on suboxone for 1 year and was coming off of morphine when i started.also im using sub for pain management and don't when im going stop it or just stay on it. This is my advice to you " as long as you are done with all your surgery then i would say yes go for it. if you are sick and tired of being in that oxy contin fog and is it time to take my next dose? im sure you know what i mean.suboxone lets you live as close to normal that you can when your trying to get off other meds.as far as getting off oxy they are great. but what i can not say is how sub is to come off of. talk to as many people as you can.then you decide...
I am also on suboxone and it was the right choice for me. You see alot of people say it is swapping one medication for another, and I don't mean to sound mean or anything, I know they never been told why suboxone opiate replacement therapy is NOT simply swapping one drug for another. By taking Suboxone opiate replacement therapy instead of far too many opiates, you are allowing your brain to repair the damaged neurotransmitters and receptor sites in the brain that went "offline" when the opiates were taken regularly for too long. It also gets rid of withdrawal and helps so much with cravings. Notice I said here suboxone opiate replacement therapy, this mean you must also do the required addiction therapy that will help heal the emotional issues that have helped create the dependence on opiates. You will be able to find a doctor that will not check on you to see if you are doing the therapy, but, if you want this to truly end, please do yourself the biggest favor and do the therapy. I am pretty sure that the time required to help heal the brain and get to the part where you can taper off varies from person to person,and you may not receive alot of encouragement to taper, the therapist and the doctor should help you know when to do so. If you can put just a bit more info into your post, that will help others who want to answer you, such as how long you have been dependent on the oxy. If it is less than a year, you may want to consider cold turkey method with the Thomas recipe. If you are going to have pain forever and simply need a longer acting medication, Methadone may be right for you. Suboxone can be expensive, but it works. If you will go to the suboxone homepage, you will find a doctor locator that will provide you with the names of doctors in your area who are specially licensed to write a prescription for suboxone. Please write down all the names and numbers and call ALL of them as their can be a pricey induction fee, office visit fees, or other requirements, like coming in once a week or every 2 weeks. These fees and requirements tend to vary, most doctors will not take insurance for the induction or office visits, but your insurance still might pay for the medication. You will have to go into withdrawal for at least 24 hours in order for all other opiates to be off your brain receptor sites and the suboxone can get on them and work, but, this is the last time you will ever have to do that. You can NOT take any other opiates on suboxone, it will block them. You also are not supposed to take benzo tranquilizers while on it, but sometimes the doctor will make an exception if the risk of seizure is too great. Suboxone and benzos can cause respiratory depression and/or failiure. You can also go to YouTube.com and put SuboxDoc into the search bar and find a list of videos by Dr. Jeffrey Junig on all sort of questions about suboxone. Others have posted of their experiences on it, look for a guy with Maple in his channel name, he is young but a suboxone success story. I started on 12 mgs of suboxone 2 years ago, it got expensive when I lost my insurance, but I began my taper and am now down to .5 mgs per day and was totally comfortable the whole time. It can be tapered down. If you read that someone had horrible withdrawals coming off, they may have not given it time to heal the brain areas, or they may have come off too high a dose, it should be tapered to at least .5 mgs before coming off. I know this is a long post, but, I thought I would address some things I wish I had known, things you may not think to ask about. Best of Luck,
- Suboxone Information for Consumers
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