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Re: Buprenorphine Peter S

Posted by Elizabeth on June 27, 2001, at 12:40:28

In reply to Re: Buprenorphine: Elizabeth?, posted by Peter S on June 26, 2001, at 21:09:14

First, a note to Rudiger: thanks for posting the "Unadoptable Orphan" letter. I hadn't been able to get a copy of it, and I was interested in what Calloway had to say.

> I believe that Elizabeth was trying Buprenorphine for a while.

Still am.

> I'd be interested to hear her experience and input about it.

The side effects really suck at first, but they got better with time. The only one that remains is the constipation (which I am managing with Metamucil), and even that one has gotten better. The itching and dry mouth went away.

> I have the original Bodkin article and I think the conclusions that they come to about the feasability of Buprenorphine seem too optimistic.

The conclusion was "this requires further study" (as with all medical research < g >). But who's going to fund a bigger study?

> But then again who knows? Maybe it is a miracle cure for a small percentage of treatment resistant patients.

I think it probably would work in a *large* percentage of depressives, and even a pretty decent percentage of treatment-resistant folks. The question is how many of them would be able to tolerate the side effects.





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