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Re: Buprenorphine- Elizabeth

Posted by Peter S on June 27, 2001, at 14:56:08

In reply to Re: Buprenorphine Peter S, posted by Elizabeth on June 27, 2001, at 12:40:28

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for the reply. Actually I discussed buprenorphine with my pdoc this morning. He is of the opinion that it should be at the very bottom of the list and is very reluctant to consider it. Unfortunately I'm pretty darn near the bottom of the list right now.

Would you be so kind as to give your dosage/times per day? How long have you been taking it? Have you developed tolerance over time? Has it made a big difference in your life? Did you notice effects from it immediately?

Any info would be most appreciated!

Thanks so much.


> 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.
> -elizabeth




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