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I am on Suboxone and have been for a year, is this dangerous ?

Not likely, unless..: Suboxone, like any other medication is safe over the long term when taken for the right reason, in the appropriate dosage. Under proper medical supervision, while avoiding substances (including meds) that might make a dangerous combination with it. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Suboxone (Definition)

Suboxone is semi-synthetic opiate compound. At higher doses, it is used to treat opioid addiction. In lower doses, suboxone can be used to control moderate acute pain in non-opioid tolerant individuals and ...Read more


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Suboxone suddenly not working. I've been on it over a year & it's always worked fine. Now randomly just doesn't work. Been a few days like this?

Suboxone suddenly not working. I've been on it over a year & it's always worked fine. Now randomly just doesn't work. Been a few days like this?

?expired?underdosed?: Majority of opiate users will eventually develop tolerance; a higher dose is needed to obtain the desired effect. This may be seen with sub as its an opiate, but quite rare due to its dual property. It's important to distinguish between euphoric effects vs withdrawal symptom control when one feel sub is no longer working. Metabolism alteration from new meds is considered as another possibility. ...Read more

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Was taking Suboxone for about a year. I've been clean for about 2 months but the thought is always there. Does the feelings to use again ever go away?

Was taking Suboxone for about a year. I've been clean for about 2 months but the thought is always there. Does the feelings to use again ever go away?

Congratulations!: I admire your effort and hope you continue to do well. That feeling may go away, but it may return too. Or, it may fade and swell at times. The good news is that you've done the hardest part - it will never be stronger than you've been. That's a good reason to stay strong. There has not been a more successful program than the 12-step approach, so you might try to find a meeting that you like. Best. ...Read more

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I have been on Suboxone tx for over a year, i feel like im always going to need it. Do all doctors think you should come off at some point. Cant it be?

Not necessarily: The most important thing is to stay sober, even if that means long term treatment with suboxone. Z you can try to wean off at some point. ...Read more

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How long will it take to wean off Suboxone if I have been taking 1/8-1/4 of an 8mg pill a day? 30 years old been on Suboxone about a year.

When you are ready: Sounds like you've done the right thing by tapering it down which makes it easier to get off. Can even do 2 mg strips and take 1/2 (1 mg) and then 1/4 (0.5 mg) then stop. Timing depends on your comfort level, but should have a plan, be physically and mentally ready and work with a doctor who can support you while your getting off. Good luck, . ...Read more

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I ave been on suboxone 8 mg a day for a year. Had surgery. How lont can i wait to take percocet? Has been 48 hours.

I ave been on suboxone 8 mg a day for a year. Had surgery. How lont can i wait to take percocet? Has been 48 hours.

What's doc say?: You need to clear timing of such things with your PAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTOR. They know you best and besides, dealing with controlled substances and patients on a network such as this in terms of giving solid recommendations or orders would not be a good thing thing to do in the eyes of regulators who oversee such things. I'm sure you understand. Your other option is to request a formal consult. ...Read more

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Does depression normally occur when a person stops taking Suboxone after having been on it for a year? I don't feel happy without it and want to get back on it.

Does depression normally occur when a person stops taking Suboxone after having been on it for a year? I don't feel happy without it and want to get back on it.

It sure can: Sometimes, folks take opiates (or other drugs of abuse including alcohol) in order to help themselves feel better due to an underlying problem such as depression or anxiety. In fact, this has been called: "self medicating." so maybe, you felt better with opiates because they helped your depression. You may benefit from an antidepressant medication. I recommend a psychiatric evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been on methadone& then Suboxone for withdrawal for about 1 year. If i need surgery, after quitting all med, will any narcotics ever work again?

I've been on methadone& then Suboxone for withdrawal for about 1 year. If i need surgery, after quitting all med, will any narcotics ever work again?

Yes.: Hi conni, yes narcotics will work just fine. You may need a little more than a regular person, but if you've been off of them for a while, it will be the same as for the opiod naive person. Make sure you use IV opiods sparingly in the hospital and go to oral meds as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Addiction docs: how successful are your Suboxone patients who taper off?How long does it usually take? Been on a year, doc agrees i'm ready to taper!

Addiction docs: how successful are your Suboxone patients who taper off?How long does it usually take? Been on a year, doc agrees i'm ready to taper!

Taper: Patients that stop maintenance before a year have a very high rate of relapse. Time to start a slow taper. I hope you are involved in other recovery tools (therapy, 12 step, etc). ...Read more

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I have been on Suboxone for almost 8 years. What's your opinion about remaining on it indefinitely.?

I have been on Suboxone for almost 8 years. What's your opinion about remaining on it indefinitely.?

It Depends: With any treatment, one should weigh both the risks and benefits. Also, and perhaps particularly for opiate addiction where relapse can be fatal, one needs to weigh the risks and benefits of not having treatment (suboxone). Factors which should considered in deciding how long to stay on suboxone include the duration of the abuse, the daily dose, the route (iv?, ), family history as well as others. ...Read more

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I'm on 5mg methadone and have been on for ten years or more and thinking about suboxone.Will it work for me do u think?

Better: Suboxone is a much safer, better tolerated medication and methadone. I personally feel that we should use Methadone for Rehab anymore. ...Read more

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I've been on suboxone for 10 yrs. I'm tapering last couple years and made it to "0.133333" mg once a day. Take Nothing now but still extreme withdraw?

I've been on suboxone for 10 yrs. I'm tapering last couple years and made it to "0.133333" mg once a day. Take Nothing now but still extreme withdraw?

Keep up abstinence: 10 years is a long time. Your opiate receptors may be missing some of the excitement, but u went a long way to be here. Congratulations. Don't give up. Do sports, socialize, keep busy with pleasurable activities. Treat withdrawal sx as needed, nausea? Pain? Diarrhea.. or is it inly pdychological malaise? Talk to your GP.and also atten NA meetings for the longest. They are a good reminder! ...Read more

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I have been an opiate addict for more than 15 years. I takenaltrexone, Suboxone and attend aa. I fail at everythingi do. Am i done?

I have been an opiate addict for more than 15 years. I takenaltrexone, Suboxone and attend aa. I fail at everythingi do. Am i done?

Your mind & body: In addiction, your mind tells you stories that are simply not true. ("i fail at everything i do, " etc.) you are alive and breathing, so there is more right with you than otherwise. Addiction to opiates can also bring physical withdrawal when you stop. No one needs to do this alone. Aa & na will continue to work with you as long as you work with them. Lapses are usual, and do not mean failure. ...Read more

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My son has been going to a Suboxone clinic for over two years when does he get off this product and the addicted are asked how much they need?

My son has been going to a Suboxone clinic for over two years when does he get off this product  and the addicted are asked how much they need?

Anger: I would caution you to be patient with us here. None of us here are your son's physician, make any money off of the clinic he goes to, nor set the policies for this in canada. We are here volunteering our time to assist our fellow humans with their health struggles. I have two thoughts about you. The first is that you need to be participating in al- anon to know what you can do for yourself. ...Read more

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I'm 30, 5'9''/160lbs. I have been on Suboxone for about 4 years. Daily use of 0.5-1.0mg. How long until a urinalysis would show negative for bup?

I'm 30, 5'9''/160lbs. I have been on Suboxone for about 4 years. Daily use of 0.5-1.0mg. How long until a urinalysis would show negative for bup?

Suboxone half life : The half-life is 20-70 hours with a mean of 37 hours. This means it will generally take 100 to 350 hours with an average of 185 hours. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Ive been on suboxone over 3 years now. Why is it so hard to function? To even just do dishes, shower, etc? Im not even living, just existing.miserable

Ive been on suboxone over 3 years now. Why is it so hard to function? To even just do dishes, shower, etc? Im not even living, just existing.miserable

See your doctor : You need to be evaluated for what could be Depression. See your doctor for an exam. Lab studies can rule out conditions such as anemia or thyroid dysfunction which can mimic depression. Sometimes an antidepressant medication and therapy combined with Suboxone is needed to improve these depression symptoms and to enhance quality of life. Best wishes to you for recovery! ...Read more