I have been on oxycodone for 6 mos. and the pain mgmt. group wants me to switch to suboxone for pain mgmt. most of the inform. I see is that it is used for w/drawls symptoms. How effective is this medication for pain mgmt.? I dont want to go on something that is going to be not as effective and just as addicting?
From what I understand, it is not used to prevent withdrawal symptoms. You need to stop taking the oxy's for a few days before starting the suboxone. The oxy's need to be out of your system before starting the suboxone treatment. Otherwise, you may go in to full blown wd's. I have heard from many people that it works quite well for pain management. However, like other pain medications, difficult to come off of. It will also block other opioids. Do NOT stop taking suboxone abruptly! You will get more answers from people who know more about this medication.
My best wishes and good luck on whatever you decide to do.
I have been abusing roxicodone 30 mg, usually 60-90mg a day, for about a year and a half and started taking 20 mg of suboxone a day for about 2 months and they really do help with the withdrawal pain. but as far as having to be withdrawing before you can get on them, it must depend on the doc, cause when i started them it had only been one day since i had did a roxicondone and they still prescribed them to me.
hi cynshank, july 1 the FDA approved butrans-5-10-20 mcg/hour,they are buprenorphine patches that will last for 7 days so your doctor will only need to perscrib 4 patches / month. it may take some time for pharmacies to get it in stock but they will. I have been on suboxone for 1 year now and it does work for pain. the drug in suboxone was originaly made for pain. but as soon as doctors started using it for addiction treatment they came up with a new marketing angel. lets use it for addiction treatment and make doctors prescrib it after an 8 hour course in how to use it. don't get wrong,sub works. its just that the price of the pills went up. most doctors will only take cash to prescrib it and every doc can only have 100 patients. it started out as only 20 patients... pete
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