New To Suboxone

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kelly Says:

I have had 7 spinal surgeries, 2 bulging discs in neck,DDD, Spinal Stenosis, faccett disease, narrowing of spinal canal, 2 more herniared discs in lower back, orthoarthritis,failed back syndrome, nerve damsge, muscle weaknessin legs & neruopathy. Was on oxycontin 80 mg 3x for about 10 years. Put on 40mg 2x for two months. Had no withdrawn symptoms. Just put on Suboxone 8mg 2 at a time the strips that go under the tongue. Feeling a little relief...nothing to write home about. Does this Med build up in your body over time? Seeing the doctor again on Monday morning. If still no great improvement will they up the Rx until pain level gives me better quality of life?

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Kelly! How are you?

Suboxone does contain a narcotic, which is Buprenorphine, but it is a very weak one and doesn't successfully help everyone with pain.

The FDA classifies this as an opiate analgesic, so it has the potential to be habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and constipation.

It can go up to 32mgs, a day, so you may need a higher dose, to see if it works for you.

What type of doctor are you seeing?

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Jeff Says:

Started suboxone today after 10 years of heavy pain pills / opioids. 2-8mg strips did nothing (but put me into wd). So I read the info sheet and it said you could take 3 if no relief per the doctor's instructions. It seemed to help but took long and gave me a spaced out feeling vs the clarity of pain pills. Well it didn't seem to last long, took several more strips periodically til the evening. So now I'm at 56mg, feeling better but tired, abdominal pain, and spaced out feeling that was the same as when I started. I read that the naloxone blocks the u-opiate receptor 9 times more, but doesn't mess with the k or d opioid receptor. So I guess the bupe then just works on the k and d receptor since the naloxone is blocking the u receptor. I personally feel the u receptor is responsible for much of one's pain, so if naloxone is not letting any opiate metabolite attach, then you will be in pain and never feel the same as when on regular pills for pain. I tried methadone and felt much better for pain and wd, just didn't want to dose at the clinic daily so therefore I wanted the suboxone for personal freedom. I will see after a week if I adjust to bupe without too much pain, but can't take the high dose taken today per the script supply running out. And you know damn well about early refills and my bupe doctor slamming the door.

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