User Reviews for Lucemyra to treat Opiate Withdrawal
Lucemyra has an average rating of 5.7 out of 10 from a total of 26 ratings for the treatment of Opiate Withdrawal. 46% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 42% reported a negative effect.
“Ok. Now I was on opiates and then methadone. I'm in my late 20's and I'm a teeny tiny female. I was up to 120mg and was on methadone for almost 5 years. I was trying to find anyway I could to detox myself. I tapered off the methadone from 120 to 4mg over a span of time. It was too much for me at the end. I did research and found Lucemyra. I read these reviews and it scared me. I'm sorry people had a bad experience but I'm here to let people know this drug changed my life. I'm now clean and sober off methadone and it is 100% because of this drug. Side note, this is a blood pressure med so yes it will sometimes make you feel very woozy/tired but you can get through it. I worked through it!! Also, this drug unfortunately is very expensive, with my insurance it was to cost 1700$ BUT PEOPLE VERY IMPORTANT!! Download the Luminate app and call Aspen pharmacy, they will mail you the drug for $25!! If I got through this you can too, I will advocate this drug forever. It changed my life.”
“Was on Fentanyl patch for over 8 years from near fatal accident. Decided to stop Fentanyl with Lucemyra. First 2 days were wonderful. I had the best sleep of my life. I was very sleepy and dizzy. The 3rd day I was more awake and doing fine. This continued until the 9th day. My normally low blood pressure began to rise. On the 11th day after starting the drug, I had vomiting and such a severe headache that my husband took me to the ER. My blood pressure at that time was 195/95. I had a head CAT scan and was given non opioid meds to relieve pain. I did not sleep at all for 38 hours. Now at day 13, I am not having any head pain, but am having severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. I am very shaky . I have no real appetite, food tastes bad and my stomach is so painful. Hoping things get better.”
“I'm 16 days off of suboxone & it’s 100% because of Lucemyra. I didn’t have to go to rehab, but still been very difficult 2 weeks. No way you’re going to work on Lucemyra. I own my own business and was open an honest with my wife and kids and employees. I had tapered down to .125 mg of suboxone for my 9th year on it before trying to quit cold turkey. That was impossible. Got my doc to give me Lucemyra. I could have slept through the withdrawals. And breakfast. And a house fire. Major cotton mouth. Super super low blood pressure. Luckily I took way less than directed after what happened to me on suboxone. 3 pills three times a day the first day, then 3 pills 4 times a day for days 2-4. Then I started my taper. Day 5 I took only 2 pills, twice a day. Day six I did one pill, twice per day. On day seven I took one pill in the middle of the day. The lucemyra dosage should be adjusted depending on your ows and you’re dosage. For me it was a game changer.”
“I was on suboxone for almost 7 years. Drs don't tell you in the beginning you're only really suppose to be on it for 6 months max. After 2 years of being on it I tried to get off and it was 10xs worse than trying to get off opiates. I was upset when I started researching suboxone and the length of time to be on it. So long story short after trying to get off using the Bridge Device (didn't work) and two weeks of non stop nightmarish time I got back on them. That was a year ago. This time I jumped off with using Lucemyra and I did get extremely dizzy every time I tried to walk around. But that was the only thing that bothered me. I had no withdrawal symptoms so that was way worth it to be dizzy for the first few days. Just make sure you drink lots of water which is what helped me not be so dizzy. Started off taking 3 pills 4 times daily then went down to 2 pills 3 times daily for the second, third and fourth day. Then 1 pill 3 times daily for day 5, 6 and 7. Then stopped taking it. This was a life saver.”
“I will be brief or I'll run out of room. I was on 300 mg of oxy a day for a serious spinal injury. I wanted to either go off or taper and restart my tolerances or SOMETHING because 300mg was not enough after 15 years. If you want to die, take Lucemyra. After two days it sent my blood pressure sky high and my heart rate. I can ride 50 miles on my bike any given day so my cardiovascular system is good and was given a thumbs up upon scans. I passed out 5 times only 3 of which I remember. A camera caught the other two. The ambulance had to come and get me and a six day ordeal in the hospital ensued. I detoxed off the oxy which was hard but after 4 days they had to reintroduce some into my system and I started to recover. It is 1 tenth of what I was on. Lucemyra may tell you it could cause side effects. Well bucko, it left me about an hour from death. The ER in a major hospital didn't even know what the hell it was!!!. Work with your doctor to just taper. don't use this stuff”
“Lucenmyra is a nightmare!!! PAID $2,000 for the ABOVE!!! FAINTING, SHAKING, NO SLEEP, NO APPETITE, DEHYDRATED, SORES AROUND MOUTH & IN THROAT, BECAME A MONSTER ON IT, NEEDED 24/7 HELP, NO WORK, NO PERSONAL HYGIENE ON OWN, LOST MY LIFE FOR 9 PLUS DAYS & THERE ARE MORE SYMPTOMS... A DEADLY DRUG!!!”
“WARNING: After using lucemyra just one day, two doses, I started having fainting spells. After two days I was barely able to walk. Every time I stood up I fell and my blood pressure dropped. The reading when paramedics were at my house was at 73 over 50. I have now been in the hospital for 5 days because of this drug. I had a heart catheterization and I still have abnormalities in my heart. I had a stress test 16 months ago. There were no irregularities and I was a healthy 60 year old. Now I don't know what the future is. How this was ever approved is beyond my comprehension. And at a cost for a 30-day supply if you have to pay for it $5,600? Spare me. I was using Suboxone for severe pain and this was prescribed to me for the detox process. Stay as far away as you can from this product. My once healthy heart is a total mess.”
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“I was an opioid addict for 24 years. Abusing prescriptions until becoming a full fledged heroin junkie. Luckily 7 years ago an addiction specialist prescribed Suboxone and I was able to get my life in order. I was successful but I still had a chain around my ankle holding me back. I talked to Amy at the clinic and my doctor about Lucemyra. I worried if I was going to experience withdrawal effects. Yes, I slept those first 2 days. On day 4 dosage decreased. By day 7 I was calling to ask if I even needed to continue taking it. Sure, my stomach cramped a little and I had diarrhea for the first week but physically that was it! I will forever be grateful to Amy, my doctor, and Lucemyra for giving me my freedom back! If you’re serious about being 100% sober and staying that way, talk to your doctor about Lucemyra, REMEMBER, we can’t do it alone so make sure you have a great support system and ask for help! Love yourselves enough to make good choices and never give up the work that keeps you sober!”
“I took the full dosage for 3 days (3pills/4x) and tapered the last 2 (day 4 2pills/2x and day 5 1pill/2x) because of how much I needed to be off this. I had been taking between 20-60mg of Percocet for over a year for back surgery to give reference. Please make sure that you do the following things before you begin taking this medication. #1) The medication has an app called LUminate. #2) Make sure you have a blood pressure reader of some sort. #3) Have someone to support you or have a support group online. #5) Drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes. Get sugar-free gum and hard candy to suck on. Follow the GERD diet. #4) Create COW score with your doctor to create a dosing and taper that is right for you. My symptoms were the following: Opiate Withdrawal - Arm spasms and twitching, restless legs, weakness. Lucemyra: Drowsiness, low-blood pressure, MAJOR cotton-mouth, Insomnia”
“Terrible experience taking this medication for opiate withdrawals. Did very little with the withdrawal symptoms and left me unable to function with the day’s task. It left me dizzy and disconnected. Hardly any sleep, no appetite and feeling very cold all the time. All in all the experience was MISERABLE:(. My doctor had me discontinue taking it after 5 days.”
“To be honest I went through hoops to get this med and I found clonidine worked better for me. I think the FDA jumped to fast to approve this medicine it came about in 1992 in Europe for high blood pressure. My true opinion is take a lot of magnesium, hot tube or hot showers and walked 30 mins a day was better at night I took a supplement called restful legs works great, only cost 7 dollars at and pharmacy. Eat healthy coming up to quit day load with bananas and veggie mixed shakes ”
“This medication is not very helpful in getting through these horrible withdrawals from morphine use for about five years I am not that happy and it was over like $2,300 luckily my insurance paid for it but it's very expensive and not worth it”
“I was on zubsolv 8.6 x2 a day which I definitely abused and was taking 6-9 a day. Due to another medical condition, Dr.s needed me off these subs cold turkey. Being on such a high dose, I was scared. After taking the first dose of 3 pills, sweats and aches stopped. Second dose of 3 pills knocked me out for hours then I knew I couldn’t continue taking the full dose. Day 2, I only took 1 pill twice and it again stopped the sweats, aches, and I never ever felt any shakiness, pretty miraculous in my opinion. I went a week or two like this and did take 2 or 3 pills later PRN. This was easily manageable compared to the actual nightmare withdrawals are. I never got close to taking the full dose of 3 pills 4x a day, and I didn’t get many side effects. I will say though, my mood was terrible especially before I took the first dose of the day, i got into nasty fights, this drug helps physical symptoms, not so much mental ones. It can help with anxiety but I ended up getting anxiety meds after.”
“After reading all of those reviews I have more questions and now I'm more confused then I was before, I'm guessing like playing Russian roulette with my recovery. If ya want to call it luck I got mine as a free sample from my doctor. Thank goodness I didn't have to pay those crazy ass prices. Wish me luck, this time tomorrow I'll either be deathly sick and praying that I had covid instead or I'll be moon walking up and down the street like Michael Jackson I'm gonna take this medication for a limited time.(2days) THANK YOU Everyone for your reviews, I may be on the fence with this medication, but one thing is for sure, I'm gonna take control of my addiction, I know there's no cure for addiction so it don't really matter what I take I'll always and forever be sick, regardless we're gonna make it... xoxo”
“This drug is not to be taken without guidance from people who know how to help you. If take at home, plan to need help 24/7 for 4-5 days. I needed help to go to bathroom! Could not get out of bed ! After that not so bad. You will need say 10-14 days off work to complete and regain strength. Drink lots of fluids or blood pressure will bottom out. Worked for me but. Very costly, copay of $500 and not at all fun!”
“Helped me so much I couldn't believe it! No cold sweats, no chills, no clammy skin, little sneezing, low body aches, low restlessness. For people who are ready to make the next step from opioids to no opioids this is the only and best option! Side effects= horrible dry mouth, fatigue!”
“I have been prescribed narcotics on and off since I was 17 years old because of multiple surgeries. On and off I've had problems taking more than prescribed, running out then going through hideous withdrawals. So I definitely know how that feels! I was given a sample by my doctor recently and I had amazing results. I was only taking on the average of 60 mg of morphine a day, which is not much comparatively speaking to past experiences. I followed the directions and besides the dizziness and dry mouth, I had amazing results! I would much rather have those Side effects than all the others! Game changer for me!”
“Was hooked on the Mexican fents for 4 months. Started taking Lucemyra in conjunction with buprenorphine. I tried the buprenorphine by itself and with the lucemyra during the first 72 hours. Can honestly say lucemyra did nothing. Absolutely nothing. If it wasn't in a bottle directly from the pharmacy I would speculate that my doc gave me a placebo.”
“Went to detox . Took my lucemeyra with me and they actually gave it to me and didn't go through on withdrawal . I slept a lot but good sleep . But when they were tapering me off I felt like the cravings coming back. So, yes it worked well with me. When I get the cravings I take two pills sometimes .But omg I thought I was going to be very sick but nope I was good .”
“I was given this to use to come off of Suboxone. I have been on drugs for as long as I can remember. I quit and started Suboxone and took for little more than a year. Once I was down to 2 mgs I came off the Suboxone. I used these pills and it was such a blessing. I was able to function completely. I did still feel a little tired and I could tell when the pill wore off but I cannot believe it worked so well. I am so grateful. Thank you”
“I Am Going to start this medication I don't know if and how it works I need someone to tell me I am gonna start this medication on Monday or Tuesday I need support. There are some support groups on drugs.com eg opiate withdrawal support group”
“My husband & I both have been on suboxone 8/2mg for 8 years 2 a day. We’ve tapered down to basically a sliver a day now. We have a lil stock pile of samples of Lucemyra from the doc, but omg reading about it.... whoa! Idk how scary”
“I would have to say this medicine is a blessing and a curse. Today is the first day off the medicine and I feel great. But it wasn’t all roses and sunshine. Extreme dry mouth. Today is the first day I haven’t felt like I ate a bar of deodorant in 6 days. Extreme sleepiness when taking the 3x4. Slept 16 hours the first day. If you have a job take off a Friday and start it then. That way you have 3 days to adjust. If you decide to wean off after a few days make the 3 at night the last one you reduce. I felt good during days 2-5 slowly reducing my dose but still had to take 3 at night to keep the arm twitches at bay. Have a serious and truthful discussion with your doctor about what a smart dosing plan is for you. There is no reason for someone taking 1/4 of a sub strip to be on the same plan as someone taking 2 8/2 strips a day. I didn’t experience extreme dizziness, just felt a little off. This medicine can help you but be aware that it is rough go the first 48-72 hours.”
“I find myself on Fentanyl. It started with small blue 30mg OXY. I took lots of them. Turns out they were fake. My at home drug screen showed for fentanyl, cocaine, meth and opiates. Those tabs were all I was taking. Ready to get back on track I try to take some suboxone 24 hours after last use (used to work just fine with the old Heroin). OUTSTANDING LIGHTSHOW OF VOILENT PRECIPITATED WITHDRAWAL. I shot heroin that day. Tried suboxone again after 48 hrs clean, precipitated withdrawal there as well. Maybe not as bad as the first time I tried but it still made me feel worse than I already did, started IV use daily. See the doctor and ask for help. I can't stay clean long enough to transition to suboxone. Samples of lucamyra was a game changer. I wasn't exactly comfortable or happy but I was pushing through the nights and days with a zombie like resolve. 72hrs clean and I successfully induced on to Suboxone. NO METHADONE For some reason slightly reminiscent of Acid but not as pleasant.”
“I have read all the reviews & I am really scared to take this medication. My doctor prescribed it to me & I was advised that it was the only medication he prescribes for patients coming off opioids. I have been taken extended release for 9 yreas now. I just don’t want to go through the aches & pains, sweats, chills etc. This medication cost $2 thousand dollars & the reviews are scary. You would think for that amount of money it would work with less problems. My doctor will not prescribe any other medications other than this & I'm confused to why he only suggests this when all he had to do was read up on it like I did. He’s the doctor. I just want to get better. I was in a car wreck & was prescribed opioids & my tolerance over the years have became very addictive. I pray for anyone that has to go through this & spend thousands of dollars on a medication that has so many bad reviews. I’m confused to why it was approved.”
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