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Alternatives To Suboxone
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Addictionologist: You should see a board certified addictionologist for help. I have treated many with amphetamine dependency. There are some medications which can help with the lethargy and depression until that goes away. I also recommend narcotics anonymous. Your success with treatment will be directly related to how much effort you put into it. It's hard, but you can do it. There's still hope if you're trying. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Opiate Withdrawal: Yes. You do. But, you must do it in direct observation and not alone on your own. You need to do this in detox and not by the internet. ...Read more
Tapered to .66 Suboxone but relapsed on adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Would upping sub help or con to taper and on to vivitrol? Any advice. . . Thank you
More Suboxone?: It sounds like you might benefit from taking a higher dose of suboxone, but do not adjust your dose without first and always discussing with your prescribing physician. If your cravings for drugs were less on more suboxone, you may need an increase. Suboxone is not a cure. You probably need and could benefit from regular attendance at support group meetings like na. Your not ready for vivitrol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The kitchen sink: Suppose you mean from opiates/narcotics...Clonidine, ssri's, snri's, tca's, antiepileptics, antispasmodics, non-steroidals, non-bzd and rarely bzd sesative-hypnotics, atypical antipsychotics, vitamins and homeopathic remedies can all be tried. Some try low dose naltrexone. But medications alone are not the answer. Its a war, you send in all the branches. Medication is just one of them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any docs believe prescribing adderall/other prescription amphetamine effective/acceptable sub to prevent relapse, aid in withdrawal symptoms for meth addiction?
Harm Reduction. : The ideal treatment for meth addiction is one that does not include use of stimulants. The meth addict treated with stimulant replacement runs the risk of impaired control over use. At the same time, the physician should "first do no harm", and in rare case by case basis may have to employ the lesser of two evils for purposes of harm reduction. Ideally addressed by an addiction psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tapering is best: Tramadol is a synthetic opiate with weak Mu opiate agonist activity and some re-uptake inhibition of norepinephrine and serotonin. In translation: it acts like a weak narcotic AND antidepressant at the same time. It has a long half life: 7 hours. So it takes a while (4-5 half lives) to build up and to come out of the body. Taper over 2 weeks reducing the dose 10% per day to avoid withdrawal. ...Read more
Methadone best alt. To narcotic painkiller to ask md for from pain due to pegasys/ribavirin treatment?
No: Ribavirin and pegylated interferon cause many many nasty symptoms, but pain is not a prominent one of them, and there is no need for opioids. I have treated over 1000 people who were getting this treatment, and i myself went through this treatment 7 years ago (and it was a success). No narcotics should be needed or used. If you are having severe pain, something else is causing it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Narcotic wean: Both Methadone and buprenorphrine are long acting opioids. They both can cause withdrawal symptoms from abrupt discontinuation. However, under physician guidance, you can be weaned off on both with no or minimal withdrawal symptoms. The key is slow weaning process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meet with your: Physician. Share the symptoms that you have that concern you. Antidepressants are often used for depression, anxiety and pain. You will need to have a medical indication for antidepressants. They aren't 'happy pills'. Ask your physician if antidepressants are a treatment option. Take care. ...Read more
Natural alternatives to pain medication? What are some natural, alternatives to taking pharmaceutical pain medication?
Look at all : Complimentary modalities from acupuncture to meditation. Each one can help each individual differently. Look at anti-inflammatory medical foods as well, such as limbrel, which, in one study, suggested it could help with pain after ninety days almost as much as alleve; some patients benefit greatly, others do not. Try all modalities that are not bad for you and see what works for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Suboxone by far!: As a physician with 10 years of experience treating addiction, i feel that suboxone is a much better treatment. The main advantage of Methadone is price. Suboxone is safer in that you cannot overdose with it, unlike methadone. Suboxone blocks other opioids from getting you high (or dead), and it won't work if injected. Suboxone visits are usually monthly, not daily like at Methadone clinics. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers