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Re: buprenorphine vs. benzodiazepines Chairman_MAO

Posted by mike21 on November 3, 2005, at 19:42:23

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?

I tried buprenorphine for its anxiolytic effects. If I remember correctly, the typical dosage was 1 ml, up to 3 times a day. I was barely able to tolerate one tenth of a normal 1ml dose. I got extremely sick to my stomach if I took any more, even vomiting at least once. About the only thing I wanted to do while taking this med was lie on my couch and wait for it to wear off.

I've been told that opioids are notorious for being hard on the stomach, but other opioids don't seem to have this effect on me (codeine, for example). At any rate, it turns out buprenorphine is not for everybody.

Mike


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