I have a two year old child, am 45 and live in pain everyday even with the lortab & soma, which causes me to take more to just feel normal. Is this drug for someone with a legitimate medical need to take pain killers?
Suboxone is generally for detoxification from opiates. The pain relieving ingredient in the Suboxone is buprenorphine which can be administered IM or IV injection and comes in a transdermal patch for pain control. I don't recommend the Suboxone for pain control. There are other meds that will help without the stigma attached to Suboxone.
You may need a pain reliever that is stronger than the lortabs especially if you find yourself taking more than prescribed. You need to be honest with your doctor and ask if he/she can change the dosage or change the med to something longer acting so to avoid having to take drugs so often. There are also alternatives to the narcotics such as Celebrex, an NSAID, and Lyrica for nerve pain that you may benefit from. Without knowing the exact nature of your injuries it is hard to make suggestions.
Laurie's answer was extremely good and I gave her a thumbs up. I do want to say the brain is a really complex thing but sometimes there are parts in it that can actually demand more and more opiate, as the brain and body love opiates. When a person has taken opiates long enough to become dependent on them, the neurotransmitters and receptor sites for pain relief that normally function in tandem to trickle some natural opiate out, go on vacation, since they figure they aren't needed anymore. The body will produce more pain to get someone to take more opiates. I am not sure if this applies in your case, but it does in some people's and if that is the case, then suboxone may help. It helps heal those damaged parts of the brain so they can function again.
Have you had a recent evaluation of the damage done to the back? Are you truly wanting to get off the opiates? I would urge you to make sure your back has been thoroughly re-evaluated, and if it is improved some, and you are considering suboxone, you may be a candidate. If it has deteriorated, then the longer acting opiates, certain antidepressants, physical therapy or other options might be better for you. If you will need additional surgery, even dental, get that over with before you think about suboxone. Subs block other opiates. Bupenorphine is used by vets for animal pain, but the formulation in suboxone is not necessarily designed to treat non opiate withdrawal pain. It worked well for me and I did not have much body pain while I was on it, but I have had no serious injury. I do have fibromyalgia and was pretty comfortable on subs. You will find just as many people who say it worked for their pain as you will people who say it did NOT work for their pain. It does block other opiates tho, so, you do NOT want to take opiates on it, or even have the specter of having to take opiates in the near future and take subs.
i agree with everyone else suboxone is a for detoxification and not a pain killer though it helps with pain it not for long term usuage. look for something else for pain, i take methadone because it does not have many of the side effects the other opiates do, like getting high, feeling dopey, slugggish and alters your personality. that is why heroin addicts use it to get off of heroin it doesn't give them that high. but it also works well on pain so forget the stigma that is a druggie med it is not. hoped this helped you if you need any more help feel free to email me, your friend amber
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