Posted by Lindsay Rae on February 14, 2004, at 13:44:19
In reply to Buprenorphine poopout?, posted by bee happy on February 11, 2004, at 13:06:55
I would be surprised if coming back to the US for treatment with Bup would be beneficial for you. Buprenorphine, in the form of Subutex or Suboxone, has just recently been approved here for addiction therapy as an alternative to Methadone. I wasn't aware that it is used to treat depression, but the US has a long way to go before accepting opiate-based treatment for depression, although I agree 100% that some people DO need an opiate to treat their depression, due to lack of the brain's natural stores of opiates.
> I have been treated for depression with Buprenorphine (2 mgs four times daily)for almost two years. But in the past few months have noticed my concentration has deteriorated and am a bit concerned about memory as well. Some days it doesnt seem to be working at all, and I feel as if I'm just wandering in circles.This is so disappointing because it was such a life saver at first. Some of you may remember my earlier posts touting it. I really don't want to get involved with a cocktail situation but if that's what is necessary, I would. If any one else is taking buprenorphine for depression I would like to know if you have had poop out at some point, and if so what did you do? Add something for concentration? Start from scratch? Help! I especially miss reading. It's all I can do to get through a New Yorker article. My situation is compounded by living on a third world island where mental health is not a big priority. I may have to come back to the U.S. to sort this out. But if I had some feed back from you all and could share it with my Pdoc back home we could work it out long distance. I have a call into him but wanted to check with the board too. Thanks all. Bee