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Re: buprenorphine jojo

Posted by Elizabeth on August 4, 2001, at 21:47:28

In reply to Re: buprenorphine Elizabeth, posted by jojo on August 3, 2001, at 20:57:16

> Now I understand why you questioned if I were taking the drug properly. I have a very high tolerance for most drugs.

Do you mean acquired or intrinsic tolerance?

I seem to have a high intrinsic tolerance for some of the effects of opioids and for benzodiazepines. I have no idea why this would be the case. (Well, I have some ideas, but they're pretty vague. < g >)

> I won't go into details, but my Psychiatrist has had to talk many times to the Pharmacists from my medical insurance company about why I was being prescribed 30 mg/day of Ambien when I had a bout with insomnia last year.

I know what you mean. Pharmacists are constantly giving me a hard time whenever I present them with my script (for 20 mg of Ambien nightly). It's like they think they know better than the doctor what I "should" be taking. A lot of times they just try to give me a bottle of only 30 tabs because they don't seem to understand that 60 is a one-month supply for me. (I don't get it: they make the labels, can't they read what the instructions are?)

> I've had the dry mouth and constipation, but that has mostly faded.

That's good news.

> As far as jitters go, I've stopped 35 mg./day of Dexedrine, but do take 16.2 mg./day of Yohimbine, which acts as an AD and is a psychomotor as well as sexual stimulant.

I'm not sure I'd call yohimbine a "sexual stimulant," but it has vascular effects that can counteract impotence. Buprenorphine isn't likely to cause jitters; I seem to have an unusual response to it.

> I think that I handle the drug well. Now, in the next few weeks, I have to find out if it's handling me well as an antidepressant.

Good luck to you! :-)





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