Us giving you advise on this is all going to be very diffrent from person to person. The patches to me worked at the beginning but wore off too fast and stopped working and making them stay on was quite a mission and was too much trouble for me. Kadian did absoutly nothing for me, actually it made my pain from my chronic pancreatitas worse and made it so I couldnt sleep at all. Suboxone I've had good releif with, but like other have said, I wouldn't jump to Suboxone if all your taking is vicodin, that's way too strong of a medication, although overdoses on it is very rare it can make you feel really yucky, 0.03mg of suboxone equals 10mgs of morphine and suboxone comes in 2mgs and 8mgs, so you can do the math and figure out that it is not a med to mess around with.
But for me, finding pain relief took me 7 years of trial and error, I think I tried everything under the sun for pain several times except Opana and the painpump, and my body loved the Suboxone, my pain went down alot, but alot of people dont find releif with it. But lots of people said they find help with the patches and kadian, but I didnt....also if your expecting surgeries soon then suboxone would be a very bad choice and you cant take other pain meds with it, but some people have said you can.
Suboxone is becoming a number one choice for alot of pain doctors due to benifets it has, like the low risk of people abusing it (of course where their's a will, their's a way), people cant build tolerences to it, and th eside effects are exactly like other pain meds but it's very strong, and they okayed it for people who abuse opioids cause they cant abuse it as easily like methadone, but if taken worng it can make one very miserable...it's attached to alot of rules, so I wouldnt recommend that it be a first choice for anyone, or a 2nd of 3rd unless your desperate like I was for pain releif and you've tried other things, even if your doctor pushes it on you, I would do lots of research. the same goes for the patch, thats very big jump.
but either way, good luck, and dont give up if finding the right med takes a few, or alot, of tries.
Carmen~*~*~Chronic Pain Moderator
DX-Chronic Pain due to two freak car accidents, Pancreatic Divisum,Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/anxiety, Migraines
Meds- Suboxone 16mg for pain, Cymbalta 60mg, Lyrica 50mg, Imitrex 100mg PRN,Ibprofen 800mg PRN, Ventolin Inhaler PRN, Visteril PRN