I've been taking subutex/suboxone for 4 years. I took subutex most of the time but my new doc will only give suboxone. I hate it . Is there anyone with long term use and how did it work for you?
I have been taking it for almost 2 years. I started out on 12 milligrams and am at just 2 milligrams now. I don't know if you are planning to taper down or how much you are on, but, all side effects that bothered me dissipated greatly as I came down on my dose. It has worked fabulously for me, but, I still go to group and credit that as much as the medicine for how well I have done. The things that bothered me when I first started taking it were, the price ( and I asked the pharmacy to fill as small as 2 pills on a partial refill), smells were really strong to me, I sweated alot, my urine smelled very foul I didn't have an infection, I was nervous, and I have had some blood pressure issues and weight gain. The smells and sweating and nervousness definitely got better on a lower dose.
If you are interested in lowering your dose, it is a long acting med, what worked for me was splitting my dose and taking half in the morning and half in the afternoon and then skipping the second dose every other day and then everyday. The worst to me that could happen is that you would have to take your second dose to alleviate symptoms.
I started with Subutex about 6+ years ago, and pretty quickly, it gave me sort of a red skin rash on my legs that itched, almost like I was allergic to it. Anyway, I then switched to Suboxone, without actually having done any research on either, so I figured they were similar. So, I've now been on Suboxone for more than 5 years, and weaned down to 4mgs. a day. I had gotten down to 1/2mg./day, if you can believe it. But, had a bit too much anxiety. 4mgs. seems to work perfectly for me because I take one 2mg. tablet in the a.m. and one in the afternoon. My Psychiatrist doesn't even want to discuss me going off because of my hx. of chronic relapsing in my first years of sobriety (many yrs. ago). He really thinks I should be on for life. So, I'm trying to just go with the flow for now, even tho' eventually, I'd really like to be off anything that "controls" me, in the sense that I know I'd start withdrawal if I stopped...
don't like that feeling. But, I also don't want to stress about something I can't do anything about right now. Got too much stress in my life right now! I know, if and when I tapered off, I would have to go away for 30 days, with NO responsibilities and just do it! I'm not the type that can fake it, if I should have to function through w/drawl! So, its working for me right now. But, less is better, I think. There are less of the negative side effects with less. I think it has caused some weight gain, and I seem to be kinda grossed out by certain smells, and kinda sweaty... I guess I forgot what I felt like without it! Good luck!
i've been on suboxone now for about 3yrs. my doctor has me on it for pain management rather than for addiction control, although i went thru all that. i had problem with lorcet, soma (which i still take just not like i did), xanax (you couldn't pay me to take these, the withdrawals are hell on earth). but the suboxone has been heaven sent, i will more than likely continue to take it the rest of my life. i've been on disability since 2005 so i don't look for any relief on my major pain problems.
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