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buprenorphine experience

Posted by Elizabeth on March 9, 1999, at 23:54:07

In reply to naltrexone and/or buprenorphine experiences?, posted by Jim on March 7, 1999, at 15:08:16

I've been taking buprenorphine for a week, in addition to Parnate (which I had been taking for 6 months or so). It worked almost immediately (not after the first dose, but after the first day or two (dosage is 3 times daily), I noticed the difference.

Specific symptoms it helped with:
- anhedonia (inability to enjoy things)
- lack of motivation/interest
- guilt/self-reproach
- insomnia
- anorexia (lack of appetite, not the eating disorder)
- social anxiety
- irritability
- pessimism/despair
- restlessness/tension

My primary dx is major depression, I also have panic disorder. My panic attacks are almost completely controlled by the Parnate so I don't know if buprenorphine by itself would prevent those too.

Side effects:
- itching (using Claritin)
- constipation
- dry mouth
- dizziness (went away after a couple doses)
- minor headaches (also went away)
- lapses of attention (very weird, almost feels like I'm dreaming)





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