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Re: buprenorphine vs. benzodiazepines

Posted by SLS on November 1, 2005, at 10:08:21

In reply to buprenorphine vs. benzodiazepines SLS, posted by Chairman_MAO on November 1, 2005, at 9:27:49

> advantages over benzos:
> --antidepressant instead of depressant
> --better analgesia
> --no cognitive impairment (users of opioids at doses equivalent to the max intrinsic activity of bupe often report cognitive enhancement)
> --withdrawal syndrome is mild, even milder than full agonists, whihc is still way better--even at its worst--than benzo withdrawal can be.
> --less abuse potential
> --no impairment of motor coordination
> --profound anti-craving activity in opioid addicts, many times in abusers of other substances and sufferers of other addictions as well
> What else needs to be said?

How about "Hi"?

I am recommending to a friend of mine that he consider buprenorphine over methadone to treat heroin abuse. I have had buprenorphine on my list of things to try for quite awhile, but I have had a few other things I wanted to try first. For many people using buprenorphine to treat depression, dosing schedules are critical. I guess I didn't want to get too wrapped up with a drug that acted so acutely.

- Scott




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