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Re: buprenorphine WEEK 7 pseudoname

Posted by ed_uk on January 3, 2006, at 15:03:01

In reply to buprenorphine WEEK 7 ed_uk, posted by pseudoname on January 2, 2006, at 20:34:06

Hi PN

>I first got benefit in my second week, when I titrated up to 1.8 mg.

It's interesting that the benefit was quite delayed. SLS (Scott) would be interested. I think he once tried an opioid for a few days but it didn't help.

>But oddly, despite its short action, I feel no craving or urge or "neediness" for it.

I guess you just feel normal on it - not 'high'.

>Because of bupe's nasty taste

Is it bitter?

>And usually a 1/2-glass of wine will get me buzzed, but I had a full glass over Christmas (I know, I know) and found it had ZERO subjective effect. Is that because I'm already semi-bombed by bupe??

You can drink a bit of alcohol on bupe (provided that you don't drive or anything!) One shouldn't drink alcohol during the first 7 (or so) days of opioid treatment or while the dose is being increased.

It's interesting that the alcohol didn't give you a buzz.......naltrexone (an opioid antagonist) is used as an aid to the treatment of alcohol dependence.

>When I've gone WITHOUT bupe for a day, however, I've had really strange memory lapses. I've done complex tasks that I later have no memory of. That is worth keeping an eye on.

Interesting. Makes me think of state-dependent memory.

>I feel like I'm a lot different on bupe. Aren't I? ;-)

You do seem a lot happier :)

>But being braver and less depressed means that I now have to fix some things I'd rather avoid! My finances and other messes, for example.

It's interesting that bupe seems to be increasing your motivation. Opiophobes often talk of people becoming apathetic on opioids.

Love

Ed


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