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User Reviews for Subutex

Subutex has an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 from a total of 130 ratings on Drugs.com. 83% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 5% reported a negative experience.

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Opiate Dependence  
8.9
98 reviews 10 medications
Chronic Pain  
7.5
32 reviews 110 medications
Summary of Subutex reviews 8.6 130 reviews

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Reviews for Subutex

Reddd · August 19, 2013

For Opiate Dependence: “If this medicine is used correctly it can save your life! I have been on the medicine about 2 years. Night and day from what I once was to what I am now! I used medicines (all of them) for 15 years. Now I have been medicine free for as long as I been on this medicine. I know it only treats opiate use but for whatever reason it has helped me through it all. This medicine has without a doubt saved my life. I went from never having anything to now new truck, nice house, and most importantly my kids have a life I always dreamed of. Just thought I should share.”

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Lou · August 6, 2019

For Chronic Pain: “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!!”

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

For Chronic Pain: “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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Jwayne · April 18, 2020

For Opiate Dependence: “I have been on Subutex for 2 years now. Before I was into pain pills , then moved up to heroin for about 8 years. A lot of people blame the drug for just not working but you have to be ready to stop getting high. This last attempt to stop I was desperate went to a 120 day treatment facility and started Subutex and have now been clean a lil over 2 years. A lot of people say I'm trading one addiction for another and that's fine at least now I'm not sticking a needle in my arm or hurting the people I love to get another fix. When I started Subutex I was jobless living in a homeless shelter and now. I have a house, job, car and kids back in my life . I've seen people leaving comments bashing the drug or praising it. Look it's different for everybody. No I do not give the drug all the credit because you need to have the desire to stop getting high for it to work to begin with. Just like NA and AA Subutex isn't the cure all. It can help if you really want it to tho !”

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

For Chronic Pain: “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.”

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

For Chronic Pain: “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.”

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Lisa Kittrell · Taken for 1 to 6 months · May 5, 2016

For Opiate Dependence: “I truly believe this drug is a miracle drug. I had been on high doses of oxycodone, methadone, oxycontin 80 mg, and opana 30 ER for about 14 years and when I tried to stop on my own the w/d's were so bad that it was impossible for me. I was put on subutex for 2 months (my choice for discontinuing) 8 mg a day. I weaned myself off within two months and I did experience very slight w/d's, but nothing I couldn't deal with for about 2 weeks. Mainly I believe that I just didn't know how to live drug free so my emotions were like a roller coaster for a couple weeks. Pushing through though is the key because your mind will tell you this will never end, but it does and pretty quick if you stay committed and stay away from bad choices.”

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Savedmylife · June 19, 2015

For Opiate Dependence: “Saved my life. Over 5 yrs clean, followed Drs orders and it's been a Godsend, also: tdp12345, if you are not feeling supported and able to get off of it right now than stay on it, who says you have to ween off quickly? This medication has been very successful as a long term treatment option for addiction just like people with diabetes take their insulin. My opinion is the positives of this miracle drug outweigh the risks of what could happen if you let your cravings take you to drugs again. Do what "YOU" have to do for "YOU". Don't listen to what others think. Find a good doctor who cares and stay on a treatment that works for you. God Bless.”

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bbrat · September 18, 2014

For Chronic Pain: “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”

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Anastasia · Taken for 5 to 10 years · September 19, 2019

For Opiate Dependence: “I have been on 12mg of Buprenorphine since 2012. I was always scared to detox myself up until about 2 weeks ago. I dropped from 12mg to 8mg with no discomfort....waited a few days and decided to go to 4mg ...waited a few days and now I am on 2mg. I am fine! I urge you to try to quit after you've improved your life if you can. I feel as though I've gotten max benefit from Subutex and now it is time to live sober. I've gained tons of weight and I really want off of the Buprenorphine. It is crucial to take the last bit of detox slowly. I hope I'll be okay and not riding on 7 years worth of bup stored in my system only to await unheard of withdrawal.”

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

For Chronic Pain: “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.”

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RenewedAgain · April 20, 2009

For Opiate Dependence: “I have been like many others; off and on this hell of a roll-a-coaster wondering when and where it's going to stop. Even after I had 7, yes 7 overdoses in the past year I still couldn't find a way to get off. The only thing that I feel that has helped me to understand and HELP me get clean is Subutex/Suboxone but like many will say you must want this more than anything and as bad as you can taste the end of this crazy ride, and you are sick and just about to jump off, there are people there to catch you. I believe if you stay strong and stick to these life saving medications, you can finally have a sober life. I wish everyone the best and please remember there are many people who love and care about you. Life is worth the fight. ”

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

For Chronic Pain: “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.”

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SubutexSAVEDmyLIFE · September 27, 2014

For Opiate Dependence: “This medication is God send. I have been an opiate addict for over 10 years. I have tried Methadone, Suboxone, being totally sober (which caused me to go insane as well as suicidal). I truly have hope for my future now and after about 14 years of searching to just feel "normal" I finally do. Within two weeks of getting my dosage correct my parents and friends could see a MAJOR difference in me, my attitude towards life, my appearance, my motivation and overall happiness.”

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LoverOfLife · May 5, 2016

For Opiate Dependence: “I had a $1,000 dollar a month heroin habit. 3 days into withdrawal I went to a Methadone clinic. Was on Methadone, 150 mg's for 6 months before I started a 5 month taper to jump to Subutex. While Methadone kept me clean, it really slowed me down, I just kept going up & up in mg's. The taper off Methadone was brutal. Was induced onto Sub last October. The first 3 weeks on 16 mg's of Subs I had a lot of speedy side FX, feeling really wired, insomnia, I was nervous it wouldn't go away bc I *hate* being anxious, feeling fast. Third week in the side FX just stopped. I could sleep, I was normal. I'm on 24 mg's Sub, I had a big H habit, I feel 100% normal. I do not crave junk. It saved my life. Been off H since Dec 2014. I love life! Miracle med!%u2661”

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Priscilla4459 · Taken for 5 to 10 years · January 28, 2020

For Opiate Dependence: “I was on opiates from age 13. At 20 I was introduced to heroin. Then I found out about subutex and started taking it per doc. I started at 8mg a day, YOU DON'T NEED A LOT. I can’t stress that enough. Tapered down to 4mg then 2 mg over the first 6 months, then to 1 mg which was a jump but I was stable. I quit subs because I was just tired of handing the doc all my money and tired of being dependent. Withdrawal is as bad as you make it. If you keep telling yourself it’s terrible, it will be. If you stay positive and busy, it’s manageable. Day 4 and going strong, been a couple rough moments but ITS MANAGEABLE. Nothing you can’t handle!! Best luck”

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bcp666 · Taken for 2 to 5 years · May 15, 2012

For Opiate Dependence: “I absolutely love this medicine. It helped my back pain and increased my mood. I have been on the 2 mg for about 6 months and finally after breaking the last three in half for four days (1 mg) I have gone cold turkey. WOW first day is okay, second and third are the killers, no motivation, no sleep, however on the 4th day I was feeling better and saw my doctor on the 5th day. He was expecting me to beg for more, but I turned him down, I wanted off the ride for good. He was so proud which made me feel better. I am now back at work and it is HARD but I am making it. Really folks get the 2 mg and break them into half's, and then half those till you are out... Within 5 days you will be FINE.”

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Anonymous · April 12, 2008

For Opiate Dependence: “I started Subutex treatment 1 year ago, I could not have made it this far without the subutex and my therapist. The key to this medication being successful is being 100% ready to stop using and having a healthy support system (eg. family, friends) You yourself have to WANT to stop using. Trying to stop to make others happy doesn't work, trust me I tried a few times and failed miserably. I am continuing my subutex treatment for pain management due to a severe back injury and it works very well.”

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Stepaside11 · March 17, 2014

For Opiate Dependence: “In 2010, what started as some needed relief for back pain, the FL Pill Mill took me for a ride which almost cost me my life. Being prescribed 120 30mg Oxy/month to 15 months later being at 240 30mg Oxy and 90 40mg Opana ER. The damage I caused my family in that brief period was substantial, but the damage I did to myself was enormous. One day, looking in the mirror, I was scared into reality. How had I gone from 276lbs to 204lbs in 9 months? At that precise moment, I called a Subutex Dr and 48hrs later, in withdrawals I started Subutex. What transpired over the next 9 months was nothing short of a rebirth. In Jan 2012, I took my last 0.75mg dose of Subutex and with it, I flushed 690mg of Oxy and 360mg of Opana, left over from the day I started Subutex!”

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Tia the dancer · February 23, 2014

For Chronic Pain: “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.”

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Kinsleyspop · Taken for 1 to 2 years · February 16, 2017

For Opiate Dependence: “I got out of jail in January 2015 for a probation violation for a failed drug test. I had been addicted to pain pills since I was 14 years old, and here 20 years later I was still addicted to opiates. I had been to rehab, was on 120mg of methadone for 4 years and got arrested for selling my take homes. So I went to jail cold turkey and almost died in jail, it took me almost a month to get over my withdrawals. So when I got out of jail, my girlfriend was on suboxone, and told me how much better she felt, so I figured what the hell, I had tried everything else. So I went to the doctor 2 years ago this month, and was put on 8mg Subutex twice a day. I now live a normal, happy life! This is truly a miracle drug, and it saved my life!”

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Dutchgirl69 · Taken for 2 to 5 years · April 7, 2013

For Opiate Dependence: “Prior to Subutex, I was taking Norco 80mg every 3 hours while awake. I eventually told my doc & he put me on Subutex 8mg 3 times a day. I had NO withdrawal symptoms when I switched. One day, done. I had been taking the Subutex for over a year with some annoying side effects.. sweating & restless sleeping. One day..on my own without my docs approval..I just stopped taking the Subutex & decided I was done..well a little over 24 hrs later I went through the roof! I realized this was a mistake. It was over the weekend so my husband ended up taking me to the emergency department to explain to the doctor. I then started A tapper schedule. All in all..it was really HARD to get off Subutex, the symptoms were horrible & lasted weeks.”

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Archie 19 · Taken for less than 1 month · October 2, 2013

For Opiate Dependence: “Day 5 off Subutex after a quick 2 week detox. Day 3 was the worst upset stomach, aching legs and the lack of sleep but that's about it, nothing to be scared about it's all cope able, hot baths and paracetamol. Just don't listen to the horror stories, if done correctly it's doable. Good luck.”

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Comingbacktolife · January 15, 2012

For Opiate Dependence: “I recently switched from Suboxone to Subutex, and I could not have been more grateful for my doctor allowing the change. I never felt "good" on Suboxone, I always had a headache, I was always sick to my stomach, and I felt I couldn't do anything until I took my dose. Now, with Subutex, I actually feel GOOD. I have energy, I have a desire to go out and live again, rather than just exist from dose to dose of that awful citrus taste. I also see myself not needing as large of an amount in order to keep me feeling alright. I am so thankful for Subutex. ”

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Kaylee74 · Taken for 2 to 5 years · July 18, 2014

For Opiate Dependence: “After 5 years on pain pills, 4 years injecting heroin, 2 years clean then a month long relapse, I went on the methadone clinic for 7 years. I never felt right, I'd feel dopesick by 10 pm (12 hours after 300 mg dose of methadone) I gained 100 pounds, had profuse sweating. The methadone clinic I went to wouldn't give me take homes due to my other scripts. So NO VACATION, standing in line at the clinic on Christmas morning. It sucked! So I was telling my Dr. Who just so happened to have a Subutex clinic. I went through the horrifying detox but am grateful I did. I feel free from the daily run to get dope or methadone. I have a monthly prescription and it feels like a life time ago that I went through all that. I have my life back.”

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