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Re: opinions on suboxone use for opioid withdrawal

Posted by emmanuel98 on September 9, 2010, at 19:19:28

In reply to Re: opinions on suboxone use for opioid withdrawal, posted by Charlie B on September 9, 2010, at 10:47:11

I took suboxone to withdraw from about 80mg oxycodone a day. The doctor who prescribed it -- who was the only doctor I could find who took insurance and was honest and not using suboxone as a new entrepreneurial business -- told me that little is known about long term suboxone use, but he expected it would turn out to be like methadone -- on it for life, worse to detox from than the opiates themselves. I took it for three weeks under his constant (every third day visit)supervision. It is easier to taper and stop than opiates over the short term because the molecule is huge and stays attached to the mu receptors much longer than other opiates. However, when I stopped, I went on naltrexone for a year, with my husband giving me a pill each night. So little is known yet about long term suboxone use, but it's an opiate, it's addictive and it may be a problem to get off of after long-term use.




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