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   Posted 9/9/2007 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I am about to start on suboxone. can anyone who has been taking it for at least 3 months tell me what it is like. how does it make you feel? is the feeling similar to methadone?
I am switching from methadone to suboxone. I have heard it is best to stop the methadone for 48 -72 hours before taking the first dose of suboxone, therefore, I will be in a mild-moderate state of withdrawl and will best tell me if the suboxone will make me feel better.
Thanks for those who respond.

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   Posted 9/9/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
what is suboxone.?
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   Posted 9/20/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am Nicole and am new to this foum. I am an addict in recovery. After many battles with methadone, I tried Suboxone, and am currently taking 16mg per da.. If you are still looking for information about Suboxone, I will shae my experience with you...Just let me know.

Good Luck

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   Posted 9/20/2007 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never been on Suboxone but I have been on Methadone and I couldn't handle it.

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   Posted 9/23/2007 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on suboxone for about a year and it helped me to transition from 240mg plus of oxycontin a day to just suboxone. It does help to relieve the horrible withdrawel symtoms from oxy and is a pretty good pain reliever as well. ALTHOUGH IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE AND UNLESS YOU HAVE INSURANCE YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT. I am a chronic pain sufferer of many years who has gone off narcotic pain meds now completely for over a year. It was a long hard road, I still suffer from chronic pain but would never want to be dependant on pain killers again. After a year on suboxone I weaned myself off and take no prescription pain meds.

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   Posted 9/23/2007 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have the experience the other posters have with Suboxone, but I still think it's no different than quitting "Marlboros" by using "Camels" instead.

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   Posted 9/23/2007 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Suboxone is a miracle drug for people dependent on opiates; with or without pain!

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   Posted 9/25/2007 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Extreme, Suboxone contains Buprenorphine and Naltrexone. Naltrexone blocks the mu and kappa opiate receptors from binding with ligands like morphine, methadone, etc.  So, if you are addicted to a narcotic and you take some while on Suboxone, the naltrexone portion of the drug will block the opiate from binding.  Your simile comparing treating opiate dependance/addiction with suboxone and quiting smoking marlboro cigarettes with camel cigarettes is wholy innaccurate.  The active ingredient in Suboxone, Buprenorphine, was chosen from thousands of opiate compounds because it had the most desirable effects; i.e, the least potential for addiction.  Originally, a search had been conducted to establish a pain reliever that would have the pain relieving effects of opiates, but without the addictive side effects.  Buprenorphine was chosen and combined with Naltrexone to give a patient relief from his or her withdrawal symptoms while acting as a "check" to make sure that no unauthorized opiates were abused while the buprenorphine part of the drug was being administered. 

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   Posted 9/27/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I just started my suboxone day 2- 8 mg. I was taking 8-10 vics or pers a day - just not to go through WD's. Finally hit bottom and got myself in touch w/ a suboxone dr. Its amazing but has ANYONE felt kinda groggy on this medicine and soooooo thirsty, + its making this very casual smoker into a chronic smoker. Its a scary thing to end the days of pills and getting that awesome buzz, but its a prision sentence. So anyway just wondering what side effects ppl have gone through on this.

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   Posted 9/27/2007 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
nicole how has the suboxone been working for you? i am on day 2,addicted to vics and percs - any side affects?

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   Posted 9/28/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   


I would like to know how bad the withdrawal is, coming off of the Suboxone.  Is it similar to that of other narcotic medications, like oxycontin or oxycodone?  Or is it a protracted withdrawal of several weeks?  If so, how bad is it on a scale of 1-10?   How hard was it for you, coming off of the Suboxone in comparison with other narcotic meds you had been on over the years  (include the 1-10 scale)?

I so appreciate your input, as I have been on oxycodone for 6 years now.  Presently, I am averaging 240 mg. per day, or, eight of the 40 mg. pills per day.  This ads up to approx. 240 pills per month.  I am considering switching over to the Suboxone, but am wondering if it is roughly as effective as the Oxycodone (which totally takes the edge off the pain for me, but has the very bad side effect of drowsiness throughout the day, resulting in way too much napping, and thus loss of quality time). 

Too, I don't want to switch over to another pain medication and come to find out it is nearly impossible to come off of it.  For exampe, I hear that Methadone is one of the most, if not the most difficult narcotic med to come off of.

Thanks much for input, and continued success to you in fighting your pain.  May you find many non-medicinal and naturopathic ways to cope with your pain, and to essentially beat the beast.



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   Posted 11/4/2007 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   

My first time trying to get sober I had 90 days about 3 years ago and felt OK but something was MISSING!!!!

This time I have been on SUBUTEX for 6 months now I have been ON NORCO AND VIC AND AND MANY, MANY OTHER PILLS around 30 to 35 pills a day ... on and off for 10 years this is the longest time I have been off


I think it takes some time FOR OUR BODY to get use to it (everybody is different ).......
if you can stick with it

IT IS A WOUNDER DRUG it will change your life !

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   Posted 11/4/2007 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
The withdrawal is, coming off of the Suboxone or Subutex is very slight the Doc
will slowly bring your dose down over a long time months and then you might have to take very little ie : for maintance 2 mg .......

hope this helps


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   Posted 11/6/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
extreme said...
I don't have the experience the other posters have with Suboxone, but I still think it's no different than quitting "Marlboros" by using "Camels" instead.

actually, Suboxone is not a pain killer and not really a true opiate either. It's more like quitting Marlboros by using a non-nicotine quitting medicine which only slightly resembles nicotine's molecular structure, so it fits into the same receptors.
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   Posted 2/26/2011 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My friend I was on 40mg/daily of methadone for ten yrs and was told to take 8mg suboxone 24hrs after last metadone dose. I was in the worst withdraw in 10 minutes. Dr did not know what he was doing. I relapsed for 6wks before getting on suboxone. My advice is to start at the usual 8mg. and dont go higher unless necessary. most people are given 2 or 3 8mg tabs. If u liked methadone feeling you wont like suboxone. I felt absolutely no type or hint of a buzz whereas w/ methadone I at least felt a little something. Reason is meth is all synthetic opiate whereas suboxone is 3 parts Naloxone and 1 part opiate. Also if u need pain meds for an injury your screwed. because the dose has to be very high or a strong narcotic and if u have addiction u get looked down on by hospitals and drs. Dont kknow but u might want to taper off meth cause they have to slowly decrease your meth while slowly increasing suboxone. Methadone is also much better at blocking cravings. Now I have seen people w/little or no tolerance get nodding off suboxone but not often!! Good luck

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   Posted 2/26/2011 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
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            Please introduce yourself on a new thread, and tell us a little about yourself and what brought you here.
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