Posted by bee happy on February 21, 2003, at 20:46:27
In reply to Bee Happy- One Last Question...., posted by kara lynne on February 21, 2003, at 18:58:10
> Hi bee,
> Could you tell me what exactly your doctor writes that he is prescribing the bupe troches for? Of course I know docs can write for things off-label, but my doctor said that the *illegal* part of this is that you can't write a prescription for bupenorphrine in California for anything other than drug detoxification. I'm curious if your doctor dealt with that at all, and what he says the drug is indicated for in your case. Mine is a long story I don't want to get into detail about, and my diagnosis includes chronic pain. He wants to stay away from the Naloxone. Also yes, of course I can find a compounding pharmacy --my doctor told me about them--only, and this is the frustrating part, to be advised later not to go through with it. It's how it's prescribed that seems to be the hitch with him, not that prescribing it at all is illegal.
Hi Kara. My psychiatrist is prescribing for depression. The prescription lable says 'dissolve 1 lozenge 4 times daily'.I know this drug has been available as a pain medication for several years. When I was researching it, the pharmacy in my town gave me the name of a family practice doctor who was prescriboing it for pain...mostly migraine headaches. So how could it be illegal. If your case involves pain,it would seem to me even more reason to be able to prescribe for you....as it is very strong yet has agonist antagonist properties that make it less addictive than say morphine or oxycontin. Perhaps the illegality comes into play if the doctor is writing for drug addiction maintainence without first regestering with the fda or dea. There is a special license for that. But I'm sure my doctor writes for depression that wouldn't respond to any of the new drugs. And I'm also sure that he has the Harvard study to back him up for writing off label.If I were home I would call him and ask him if he would be willing to speak to your doctor,but I am out of the country until the end of april. Is your your doctor a psychiatrist or a pain specialist or a GP?Gee, it's a shame we can't work this email thing out...I understand you not wanting to get into your history on such a public forum.I think I read somewhere on this board that Dr. Bob was going to do something so that emails could be passed through him without going on the board...I'll write to him on the administration line and see if it's possible. I would agree to that if it would work for you.