doety wrote:I hate seeing so many of our folks trying Suboxone. As far as I'm concerned, it's just another dangerous drug docs are throwing at us. I took Methadone because a doc said I was "at the end of the line." Fine for a while until I would fall alseep at the wheel or while talking to people. I searched for help in getting off. Long story I won't tell. I was urged to take Suboxone. THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART: When I needed to get off it, I tapered down and then spent the next NINE DAYS WALKING, crawling, sobbing, rolling around on the floor. There is NOTHING that will help you through this. The doctor said it was "sticky" and that I just had to get it out of my system. I've never gone through such hell.
Just know that if you start it, there's no easy way to stop. (my doc tried oxy, etc. etc. ....nothing).
Oh, how are those new studies coming????
Before Suboxone the doc got me off methadone, pramipexole, and Lyrica. I was seriously dependent on all 3 and it took a month to get off them and awhile longer even to feel free. Then he put me back on methadone and it just didn't work anymore. I had 2 docs before this tell me I was at the end of the line. There wasn't anything else to hope for so he tried Suboxone and I agree it will be even harder for me to get off it than all 3 of the others combined. I start having serious withdrawals a few hours after missing a dose, it would be horrible to stop BUT why would I? I'm finished without it, I would lose my job and most everything I have. This is the end game. I live from day (night to night) to day and I'm always 3 nights of bad sleep in a row to going back to being a zombie. I'm just trying to survive until there is some kind of cure or a better med, until that time I will gladly be dependent on Suboxone.
By the way when I got off all 3 meds at one point I jumped from the couch unto a hardwood floor on my knees because I thought I was in the circus jumping from one elephant to the other if you want to talk about bad withdrawals and at one point I was having a conversation with 3 people in the hallway who disappeared when I reached out to touch one of them. By then I had been up at least 6 days without sleep, all the time standing or pacing.