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Re: What is buprenorphine? Else

Posted by Elizabeth on July 18, 2001, at 20:37:56

In reply to Re: What is buprenorphine?, posted by Else on July 18, 2001, at 14:10:25

> I don't know. The only psychiatric drug we have access to that Americans don't is Manerix as far as I know. I once asked my pdoc if I could try it. He said it's useless in small doses and as dangerous as other MAOIs in higher doses.

That's consistent with the more general rumor that I've heard: that it rarely works (kind of like BuSpar).

> I think doctors here tend to go by the book.

Doctors everywhere do. Britain seems to be particularly bad in that way.

> Adult ADD patients will often get Desipramine or Wellbutrin as first-line treatment because they don't carry the stigma associated with major stimulants and I don't think most drugstores even carry Dexedrine.

Wow. MAOIs might need to be special-ordered, and buprenorphine definitely would (in the US it's only available as a solution intended for injection, so it's mainly used in hospitals). But *Dexedrine*?

France and Switzerland have a lot of drugs that the rest of us don't. Maybe something about English makes people in countries where it's the primary language so uptight. < g >

> Only cancer patient would get something like Vicodin, for instance.

You realise, of course, that as a consequence, Canadians can expect to die in pain.

> And you would be surprised to see how willing to kiss the FDA's ass the Canadian government is.

No I wouldn't. The US puts a lot of pressure on other countries to participate in our "war on [some] drugs."

> They don't want to make trouble you see.

One of the questionable virtues of "neutrality."





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