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Suboxone Experience Withdrawals Anxiety
Anyone know the best way to get off suboxone, without having to experience withdrawals, or anxiety?
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Can a person taking 8mg Suboxone for opiate withdrawals also take St. Johns Wort, Passion Flower and/or GABA supplements to help with anxiety?
Talk to provider: I'd resist these products until getting a clear 'go-ahead' from the provider who prescribed the Suboxone. It can be dangerous when taken w/ any other CNS depressant (GABA) and St. John's Wort can lessen its' effectiveness - so discuss it and probably don't. The Suboxone alone may reduce your anxiety and CBT therapy is a safe, good option to learn good life skills. Best wishes! ...Read more
Opiate Withdrawal: The active ingredient in suboxone is called Buprenorphine (bupe). Bupe is by itself an opiate and is used as part of what is known as the harm reduction model with opiate replacement therapy. The harm reduction model attempts to improve the opiate addict's overall level of functioning while causing less harm and in some cases-death. Suboxone is not a cure for opiate addiction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: It depends on the daily dose the person was last receiving before stopping. Short term, the most severe withdrawal symptoms generally do not last much longer than three to five days or up to about a week. The longer term return to normal functioning for anyone coming off opiates can last much longer, even up to six months to one year. That has been called post acute withdrawal syndroms or paws. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do it slowly: If you are experiencing significant withdrawal, the best choice is to reduce the taper (if you were coming down 2 mg at a time, go by 1 mg; if you were reducing it every day, reduce it every second or third day). Other medications for treating symptoms - ibuprofen/tylenol for pain, pepto bismol for stomach cramps/diarrhea, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help sleep etc.) as well as prescribed Clonidine can be helpful. ...Read more
The box and withdrawal: Suboxone , as far as i'm concerned , is a lifesaver drug but it does have the downside of being difficult for many to stop. There's no set way or medication regime , standard regime , to help. The best way that i know of is to go down on your dose very slowly, by months , and then weeks ; then skipping days. All that said the use of Clonidine might help ...Read more
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