Posted 6/25/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -6)
suboxone works wonderful for my pain, and yes I was taking methadone before for pain, I find the suboxone to work much better, and I love that it lasts so long. But some people dont find suboxone to work well for their pain but I think it's because as soon as they see that naloxone is in it, they freak out thinking that it will cause withdrawals, when it doesnt. The naloxone doesnt even get absorbed if taken the right way, under the tongue. And you cant build a tolerence to Suboxone which is great, and less is more with this med. I was taking almost 300mg daily of methadone, and 16mg of suboxone works the same, if not better. I use to hate that 8 hours after taking methadone I would start getting very mild withdrawals so I would have to redose, but with suboxone those effects dont happen til 24-48 hours later, even though the pain might return before, but not having those withdrawals are nice. The only drawback is that suboxone is very expensive, almost $7 a pill for the 8mg pills. My insurance covered it for 6 months as long as I was in drug rehab classes even though I wasnt a "drug addict", but it was the only way around to get my insurance to pay for it. At first I was mad, but now I've kinda enjoyed the classes cause I've learned so much and found out that a drug addict is not what I thought, that they are very normal people living very normal lifes and have great jobs, so this has made me want to get a career in helping them, but I wanna work in a inpatient rehab. I know alot of pain specialists doctors are going for suboxone for pain for so many reasons, especially cause it cant be abused, but I will always encourage people to not diss suboxone just cause it's only approved for addiction, it IS a narcotic no matter how you look at it, and buprenorphine, which is the name of the narcotic in suboxone has been used in other countries for just pain control in very small doses and patches, and right now in the united states that are doing trials on the patch just for pain control and not addiction.I hope answered some of what you where wondering about, if not then let me know.