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Posted by Elizabeth on October 26, 1999, at 20:38:03

In reply to Re: reply to Adam & Buprenorphine 4 depression , posted by Diane on October 20, 1999, at 19:15:46

> > If my memory serves me, that abstract was written by Dr. JA Bodkin. I might see him in a week, or at least
> > someone who works with him.

Yes, he was the primary author of that paper, and he is the one who recommended buprenorphine to me. I couldn't deal with the side effects on a day-to-day basis, but I still take it occasionally for breakthrough symptoms. I take it intranasally - no injecting necessary (though to tell the truth, IM or even IV would probably be less of a pain in the *ss).

(Which doc are you working with, BTW, Adam?)

> As I've stated else where I am scared of anti-depressants. And Buprenorphine is in the opioid line, which is what works for me. low doses, it effectively works as a full agonist.

> I wouldn't know what to ask except my original questions
> why methadone WAKES me up, alleviates my depression (like having a type A mind in a type B body)
> where as stimulants make me tired, extremely depressed, irritable, unfocused and
> hinders my breathing.

It's not clear why some people have "paradoxical" sedation on stimulants, but you're not alone there. As for the other side effects, those can happen too.

As for the other part, I know that opioids lift my mood and energy, and in fact make it harder for me to sleep (though buprenorphine gave me some wicked cool hypnagogic hallucinations).





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