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User Reviews for Subutex to treat Chronic Pain

Subutex has an average rating of 7.3 out of 10 from a total of 29 ratings for the treatment of Chronic Pain. 62% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 14% reported a negative effect.

Subutex Rating Summary

7.3/10 average rating

29 ratings from 30 user reviews.

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Reviews for Subutex

Lou August 6, 2019

“I am 65 yrs old been on pain medication for 40 plus years I have severe conveyed scoliosis , degenerative disc disease, multiple levels Of spondylosis , herniated L2-3 through L4-5 levels I have never abused my pain medication because I need it! I live in chronic pain so I take as prescribed, also like a normal old person I have arthritis and I have ulcerative colitis so I cannot take a lot NSAIDS. In addition tear in rotator cuff left shoulder. Now like always good people suffers for the bad !! The DEA has doctors paranoid to give the meds that truly help so they are pushing Subutex & Suboxone. I’ve tried Subutex for a couple months kept me from being sick as far as not having the meds but doesn’t help pain at all !! Everyone has different reactions to medicine.. therefore each patient should be screened by Dr .. the DEA do not have MD behind their name !! nor any other Medical Degree! They need focus on heroine fentanyl users / abusers not legit people in pain!!”

4 / 10
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NpaingoingInsane · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 8, 2019

“I came into the hospital already prescribed 8 mgs Subutex 3 times a day for opiate withdrawal. Been prescribed it at home for the last 2 years. It has never worked for pain for me. Now in the hospital with severe and chronic pain after having spinal surgery and a messed up hip. I had a severe MRSA infection in my spine and hip. I'm back in the hospital bc of overexertion and the infection coming back in my spine and hip. My pain doctor here refuses to give me anything at all for pain because my Subutex should be helping my pain. Even though I've been on it so long and it's never helped ever. I don't know whey they think all of a sudden it's going to help. He could at least try tramadol. I'm reporting him. I've been in the hospital in severe pain for two months not getting hardly any sleep because of the constant pain. I'd love to put him through this.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 1, 2013

“I've taken numerous medications on the chronic pain control list and I have found this one to be the best at overall pain control with only one dose per day required. It works a little differently than other narcotic pain medicines. While it is relatively new in the United States for pain control, it has been used in Europe for pain treatment for many years. I have also found the normal effects you would normally expect from narcotics like euphoria, dizziness, and light-headedness are just not as pronounced which has really given me a lot of my activities back. While no medicine will ever stop pain 100% this medication has been a life changer for me.”

9 / 10
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Diesl · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 12, 2018

“Ive been on Subutex for about nine years and have been taking it for off label use for chronic pain. I'm kind of a split case because due to chronic pain and over prescribing pain medication, my new doctor at the time decided he wanted to try Subutex with me. This medicine has improved my quality of life beyond any other modality that I've tried. The only thing I will warn other people about is if you stay on the medicine for a long time and decide you want to stop taking it, it affects your brain chemistry so much that you may not recognize yourself. This happened to me and the lights just went out. I was sick for weeks but more than that I couldn't think straight and made terrible decisions. Not until I was placed back on my medication at a very low dose did I regain my sense of self. I think I may be on this medication forever.”

10 / 10
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JMC · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 7, 2020

“Was prescribed morphine, oxycodone, and oxymorphone for several years for injury, went through a divorce and lost my insurance, my psychiatrist put me on subutex and it literally saved my life! It really helps my pain, and I have no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever! It’s a wonder medication. I’m prescribed 8mg BID if that helps.”

10 / 10
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bbrat September 18, 2014

“I never was into pills before but in 2009 I had a child and with all my kids I had to have a C-section. It started by me not being able to move out of bed and take care of my kids. I decided to take 3 x 500s Vicodin and that's when it took me right away. I started taking them everyday to get the pain to go away and for that energy. I had a 2 year old and a newborn and I was changing 2 diaper at once on Vicodin. I couldn't believe the energy. Anyways years later no kids, no house, no car, or anyone, my friend told me about Subutex and I went and tried it out and have been clean since Nov 2012 recently had another child in 2013 and I didn't even want any pain meds actually Subutex took my pain away more. This has truly changed my life”

10 / 10
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pennytm · Taken for 10 years or more November 30, 2017

“Have had Fibromyalgia for 16 yrs. I started with the regular narcotics until I was building such a tolerance that I was on a roller coaster with pain relief and then the tolerance. Finally my doctor put me on subutex ( actually the generic ) and have had very good pain relief since 2007 with only one raise in dosage. I take 8mg three times a day without a high or loopy feeling. It even helps with that debilitating burning fatigue. I am so thankful that there is something out there that can give decent quality of life. I am out of my bed and can do somethings around the house with breaks. I can walk some for exercise. Fibromyalgia had me in bed most of the time. Of course, everyone is different and everyone responds differently to different drugs.”

10 / 10
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Jgray766 · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 24, 2020

“My experience was not good. I had never had as much back pain and hip pain and I have experienced with subutex. 18 mg daily. For a year. Of course the dr had to make his 200 a month so he made me believe it was my weight and he insisted on me staying on it. Well, I disagree respectfully. I lost enjoyment in life. I got very depressed. Gained a lot of weight. So when they called to remind me of my appointment (like I would forget) I said “I won’t be coming back”....receptionist couldn’t believe it. 15 minutes later I get a call from the PA telling me how dangerous it was to stop. Well I jumped off of 8mg and 3 weeks later I’m free and feel great with NO PAIN. Subutex isn’t for everyone I guess. And I love being able to handle my anxiety now and get other scripts that I actually need. Consider stopping don’t let them make you afraid bc you are strong.”

4 / 10
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Tia the dancer February 23, 2014

“I've suffered from nerve damage for 10 years. I've taken most all the medications prescribed for pain. I've always needed to up my dose after short periods of time. I finally got tired of it not being able to function because the amount need to take the pain away would make me loopy or high. So I was put on methadone. Took that for 6 years still needing to up my dose 1-2 times a year. At end I was taking 12 pills a day. Found a doctor who suggested Subutex. I now have been on Subutex for 1 1/2 years not needing to raise my dose. I'm taking 20 mg or 2 1/2 pills a day compared to 12 pills a day. Insurance fights me every 6 months saying it's only for addicts. I submit extra paperwork from my doctor. It's quite expensive too but worth it.”

9 / 10
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Perky · Taken for 10 years or more January 14, 2020

“I’ve been taken Subutex for 12 years now for my back pain. I tried everything else first. Wish I started with this. It’s helped me a lot!! My pain level stays tolerable. The one thing I hate is it’s bad for your teeth. I just got bottom dentures put in because of Subutex. The other thing is Drs don’t know much about it’s effects on you after taken this long. I would like to have something for breakthrough every once in awhile but they say it wouldn’t help. It’s frustrating. Hope this helped”

8 / 10
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Tutu · Taken for 10 years or more January 3, 2020

“I had back surgery when I was 30 but the pain continued, and worsened. I tried every narcotic . I have a pain management doctor. Eventually after taking so many narcotics with for 5 years, my tolerance was just too high so my dr prescribed subutex. I have been using subutex for 15 years. Most of the time it works; however, there are days when the excruciating pain makes me wonder if subutex is effective. I am only 46 yrs old. I am a teacher. I have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. I need to function now more than ever as my husband decided to quit our marriage after 30 yrs. Now I have no choice but to work to provide for myself and kids. Doing any household chores, driving, standing/sitting causes severe pain. Subutex doesn’t seem to be doing the trick anymore. I’m scared that if I stop the pain will get worse. How do I get pain relief?”

6 / 10
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61yo youngster · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 18, 2016

“I took subutex after my breast cancer surgery along with a 800mg motrin, worked very well, pain level got to around a 2 on the pain scale. I'm presently on it now, I have 3 crushed l vertebrae along with CA.,I'm comfortable. I only wish this had been around 30 years ago. Thanks”

8 / 10
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Kirst January 15, 2013

“I was on Buprenorphine for 13 months for Fibromyalgia after 2 car accidents. It did help and relieve a lot of my pain, but at first I was so drowsy, I was falling asleep while driving. Also, the withdrawals from this medication can last for weeks.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 6, 2015

“This did work for very severe back pain. It lasted for about half a year. Then I changed to 20mg oxy twice a day. These have now failed. I'm now going back to Subutex. When it works, it is very very good. Long term, no idea.”

10 / 10
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Ron June 1, 2020

“If you have had prior addictions to oxy, hydro, methadone etc like me and have a chronic pain problem subutex is the pain reliever of choice for me. No side effects except not being able to tolerate heat and with the klonopin I take for seizures it gives it a little boost plus my pain doctor said this combo is not dangerous like taking benzos with the common powerful opioids.”

8 / 10
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Mungo · Taken for less than 1 month February 8, 2019

“Omg never been so ill , kicking my whole body jumping I’m an ex UK royal marine I’m not a wimp - my god not good ! I had been off fentanyl 150mcg for 72 hours was clucking I’m in agony I was shot in both knees then subutex. Made it worse .”

1 / 10
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silver007 · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 20, 2015

“Hi, I have used Subutex for two years for pain and it has helped me quite a lot. I broke my upper/lower jaw when I was 15 and had arthritis in my neck and back since I was a young child. For years the pain doctors treated me with procedures and many narcotic pain medications which only relieved my pain at first, but after using It for years I had no life. My life was dependent on the pills, I lived in fear of withdrawal. I also felt extremely sick, could hardly get out of bed, and developed tons of other issues. After being off them for years, my Dr. Put me on Subutex for pain. It helps me quite well, few side effects. I would like to stop one day, terribly my young brother died while withdrawing this drug, but for now it has saved me”

7 / 10
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taper-nightmare · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 8, 2019

“I am 61 and started generic Subutex about a month ago, 8mg 3 times a day after 15 years of fentanyl prescriptions for pain caused by lupus myelitis, the worst chronic pain I’ve ever experienced. I wanted to get off of fentanyl, but this seems just as bad with twitching or seizing every day, sometimes all day long, and worse after doses. The anti-seizure meds don’t seem to work and I am in agony and wanting to go into the hospital where I was put on it, every day. I am too disabled to get to Doctor appointments every day.”

1 / 10
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ThatJamesUpdate July 2, 2015

“Me again. 5 months later on Subutex. I now need two 2mg and my tramadol. I still have pain. It seems my back condition has become worse. (MRI shows no bone problems) Strange as for a few weeks it was better and I needed less pain relief. I'm upset by this pain and I'm on Gabapentin and benzo's on top of this lot. This just slows down my breathing and makes me drunk. Still, I'm in severe pain. I do not know what to do now. ”

6 / 10
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Anonymous July 14, 2019

“I have an entrapped nerve. Used the 5 mcg patches for ages with no side effects. Then skin reaction. Then tried Fentanyl patches. I HATE feeling high. Weaned myself to 1/6 of a 12.5 mcg patch. Tried butrans patch again because I liked it so much. Patches burned my skin even w Flonase. Taking 2 mg. Began Five days ago. Day one 2 tablets 12 hours apart. Day two 1 tablet after 17 hours. Day three 1 tablet after 18 hours. Day four 1 tablet after 23 hours. For me, I need to stay really hydrated. In the first 2-3 hours after taking, I perspire profusely. I also have a ton of anxiety, that subsides after about the 4th hour. Each day, I’ve gone longer between doses. I’m going to give it two weeks and see how I’m doing. I’ve had to use 1 or 2 mg of hydromorphone once a day in the first 10 hours for breakthrough pain. Once I get through the first part, I forget I’m taking it! Hope it continues to work. HATE feeling high.”

9 / 10
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mj · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 8, 2020

“This drug is so much stronger then regular opiates that I literally told my dr. "put me back on my oxcodone, or we will have a problem!" this is a disgusting and horrible drug!! I hate it!!”

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Selma · Taken for 5 to 10 years November 9, 2020

“Subutex is THE BEST medication, I've ever had, for my chronic pain, because I have multuple pain issues, and normal pain meds don't help ALL of them, like Subutex does!”

10 / 10
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Eveforpeace · Taken for 1 to 2 years April 28, 2015

“I have been living with chronic pain from fibromyalgia for 15 years and have tried all different meds. Subutex is the only med that gave me a quality life .”

10 / 10
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Pety · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 12, 2020

“No matter what pain medication you take you always have pain Subutex is just as effective as oxycontin I've taken both been prescribed both lot less dangerous”

10 / 10
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420xyz · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 30, 2016

“Rather take than oxycodone”

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