Posted by Chuckie on June 22, 2004, at 12:56:01
In reply to Chuckie- you misunderstood, posted by arrie on June 22, 2004, at 11:26:22
OK, i'm sorry again, still, if i missed any direct questions. Please forgive me, my medication issues are not my only issues, or even my most troublesome issues. I really didnt mean to leave anyone hanging.
I think that Bupe will be a good thing for me to use to get off opiates and leave them alone. I've almost given up the idea of using opiates for depression. I mean they work, very well, but they are problematic for me. On my first impression of buprenorphine, the stuff seemed so strong that i thought i'd only be taking maybe 4mg/day. My prescription is for 16mg/day and i've slowly worked my way up to that even though that wasn't my intent. Now i'm having to work my way back down again. So anyone hints that it isn't habit forming, they're wrong. But OTOH when i do cut down my dosage, it's not a crisis type thing and i don't miss it a lot.
I haven't seen my doctor again. I just call the pharmacy for my monthly refill and they call him.
Suboxone seems to cost approximately $4.00 per 8mg tablet, no matter where you try to get it. That's a big motivator for cutting it down to the minimum necessary dosage. Right now it costs $250/mo. for me, and i can't keep doing that for very long. So i'm shooting for a maintenance dosage of 1/2 tab per day, and eventually to quit.
Aside from all that, i'm doing pretty OK. I'm still not working because i been messed up in the head, but i don't think that has anything to do with buprenorphine.
Overall, i think it's a very good medicine. I certainly recommend it in place of pain medication s and/or illegal substances. But it's certainly not an innocuous medicine to play around with. It's very strong and it's made of the same stuff that gets some of us in trouble.