I have a friend that is an extreme opioid abuser. She is wanting to get started on Suboxone treatment for this addiction yet the problem is is that she has chronic pain from arthritis and other health problems. My question is, can a person take Suboxone for their opiate addiction and also take some other type of medicine for their pain and both still work? As in taking a tylenol and suboxone for example.
A large portion of the people who become dependent to RX opiates begin using due to pain from injury or illness. Your friend will be able to take Ibuprofen, tylenol and similar medications without any problems. I am currently taking Ibuprofen for arthritis. I realized after getting off RX opiates that my real pain was not quite as bad as I had recalled. Our minds play tricks on us when we are using making us believe we hurt worse than we really do sometimes. She should do just fine. We are here if we can help with the suboxone therapy.:)
Your friend may be better off on methadone as it is an exellent pain killer.It also has a very long half life and alot of chronic pain patients only need to dose once or twice a day.
Suboxone (buprenorphene) is an exellent drug for opiate addiction recovery but it doesn't hold up well as a pain killer unless it's injected.
Over in Europe they use buprenorphene as a injectable pain killer quite a bit.Good luck to her and I hope she finds a suitable treatment ...
Thank you for your help. I really hope the suboxone therapy works for her addiction. It would be a blessing from above if she can take ibuprofen to alleviate her actual pain. Thanks for your input I really appreciate it.
I agree for the most part to the answers you received, Motrin etc you can take with Subox. It is also now being given to moderate chronic pain sufferers. I also highly agree that pain is a tricky thing. I was on high levels of percocet for 5 years, broke my back in a car accident, and to boot I have VERY physical job.I built up a tolerance,stopped even working.Turned out, I didn't need it.Motrin & rest with a heating pad does the trick.I don't agree that methadone is her answer given her extreme opiate abuse.It's easily abused.Subox,unless injected,is pretty much abuse proof & doesn't make you high!Good Luck!
for me i take tramadol with it and neither one works for me by itself but with both i feel great with no pain
Amy - Suboxone is one of the best pain medications that I have ever used. I am on it for pain, not for opiate dependence. In the UK they use it for pain management and there are several studies going on in the US. I have less pain than I have in years on the Suboxone. Pain clinics are moving toward prescribing it more and more.
I was on Methadone and Percocet and switched to Suboxone. Suboxone is way safer than Methadone. It can be used w/non-narcotic pain relievers. One you can use is Voltaren. It's great. Ultram is crap. It works on your brain just like opiates, w/o the high, and you can have awful withdrawals from it. The only thing you cannot do is take opiates on it.
You may have already gotten an answer and all by now, but if you didn't get a good one then I hope that you/your friend considers Suboxone for pain. I also have a history of opiate addiction but was clean for years when I started the Suboxone. I was not abusing my pain meds. The Suboxone seems to help w/both though so your friend can get double benefit. I hope that helps. Take care.
I have beenon suboxone for chronic pain for 2 yr know I have ra fibromyalgia no rem sleep sleep apnea and lower disck blown in my back suboxone has been a miracal and works wonder for me and iam on a low dose she may find it a relife no problems with it and I have a worse.pain day they can adjust it safed my life I was on more then most cancer patients
I've been off a 5 yr methadone run for 3 yrs now. I take suboxone daily which can't get you high but depending on your situation can sedate you on occassion. But it is by no means helpful for Breakthrough pain. The best medication I found for this is a potent muscle relaxer called tizanidine/zanaflex. Works great with suboxone! As good as a bag of dope, I'd say. But there's no heavy tolerance like with opiates. Tizanidine saved my chronic back pain life. Oh, for emergency room pain I would have the er prescribe you valium. But to be honest tizanidine is stronger and relives pain better. Iv valium is what they'd given me for extreme er situations. Still not as helpful as tizanidine.
Amy I was told by my DR and he seems to know what he is talking about, I've been with him for 2 years. But, I had to have surgery and he told me that I could take percocet or lortab with the suboxone. The way he explained it to me was the active pain killer will just go to the pain and that I wouldn't get the euphoric or high feeling I used to get when I was on them before. And it did work just have to be careful and not take too much.
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