Going from Norco to Subutex starting Monday and I'm a little scared!

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   Posted 8/23/2018 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Teri, thanks for the information. You are certainly addressing this with a full team of helpers! I can't imagine you not meeting with success long term. I would think it would take at least a few days if not weeks to fully transition. Great job sticking with it! Just curious...If you changed your mind--and don't-- would you be able to return to the Norco or has that ship sailed?

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   Posted 8/23/2018 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Darla, that is an excellent question. Right now, even the thought of taking Norco again is appallingly distasteful to me because it was the drug I crossed the line with (lying, secrecy, not using as prescribed, etc.). My determination to never have another norco pass my lips is pretty strong currently. I realize that the next time I have surgery, I'm going to need something of an opioid nature, and I guess we'll cross that bridge when we get to it! smile

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   Posted 8/23/2018 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
An excellent answer, Teri! I think the motivation to stay off the medication is at its highest right now. From my experience, if you can associate the medication with the awful way you are feeling right now you will have an easier time not wanting it. Keep us posted!

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   Posted 8/23/2018 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Do they come in time release? I would definitely let them know how difficult it is for you right now.


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   Posted 8/23/2018 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Your level of dosing with Norco (6-8 10 mg Norco per day) was fairly high in terms of morphine equivalency, so your level of withdrawal symptomatology can be somewhat expected.

Every person’s metabolism of medications - including opiates - is slightly different. We each have specific bio markers that are involved in the metabolism and processing of medications.

You may very well want to discuss with your addiction specialist adding in a small, second dose of Subutex during the late afternoon or evening. Biphasic dosing is another option in the use of Subutex.

I am glad that you have a specialist who understands that, for some, long-term dosing with Subutex (or similar) is sound medicine.

Opiates are powerful medications. And transitioning off of opiates can be a complex process.

I think there will be a similar cultural situation with the wide-spread use of anti-depressants. Anti-depressants can forever alter the brai/ chemistry and physiological dependency is real. Individuals who try to discontinue anti-depressants can also experience distressing withdrawal symptoms and electrical brain “zaps.” There will be more in the news regarding anti-depressants and latent effects in the years to come.
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   Posted 8/23/2018 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Reading in from the fibro page,

You may want to see if you could take a smaller dose , and tritate up?

I take tramadol for pain, but i can only take 1/4 pill at a time or i have side effects..so i take 1/4 every two or three hours...

I tend to be med sensitive, so i never start with more than half a pill or dose..

There are times i would like a half for the pain relief. But it makes me tired and fuzzy at that dose, so i take lower to just keep the edge off the pain if that makes sense?

Just chiming in , in case it might be helpful


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   Posted 8/28/2018 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Teri! How are you doing?
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