Suboxone and bipolar

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Thanks everyone for responding. I am bipolar and my medicine has been up'd a couple months ago, which is helping with my up moods but my depression is out of control. I attend, well was attending, a university and withdrew last week. I can barely leave my apartment. I did today to get a couple markers [my other one ran out]. All I do is cry and draw. Want this so bad---I'm amazed your doctor called you in a 30 day supply. My old doctor could only do 5 day supply in an emergency.
I have addictive personality disorder and if there is a chance something not so good could happen taking I will say Suboxone I will get it in my head that It WILL GO WRONG for me and nothing anybody says can change my mind. I wish my mind wasn't like that but it is and I have to I guess look past that and find the best way to be informed of what I am getting into without be so informed I can let my mind go wild with the endless possibilities that something is gonna go wrong.
For example I went to NA meetings and there was this WONDERFUL lady in there and she had Bipolar and was getting clean so she was just on her Bipolar meds and attending meetings and doing great. Well some people in those meetings told her that if she was "working her program right God would take care of her and she wouldn't need those Bipolar meds" so what does she do? She stops taking them and shortly thereafter she relapsed horribley.
My daughter is 19 now, she lives at home with me. She is bipolar and is on meds for it. Two years ago, I put her in an inpatient rehab for six weeks, but she left and did not complete the program. She did not want to be away from home. I also tried out patient with her, to no avail. She is not ready to quit using on her own. I asked her doctor about using clonidine or depakote for the withdrawl symptoms, but he said that they would not help her at all.
I had all my bills paid, a daily routine, energy and motivation, and a clear head. Once i knew i was strong enough to say no to drugs, thats when i knew it was time to come off subs. This is the way the program was intended to work. I dont think coming off subs is easy by any means, but you must want it so bad to succeed.
So basically my question is are subutex and suboxone interchangeable? Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Kova, I've been on suboxone for 5yrs now.. Even though suboxone is not a real opiate it does have its own symptoms that you will notice when you come off.. I've felt almost the same as when I came off methadone, shakey muscles, headaches, a lot of the symptoms I felt coming off methadone. You DO have to taper slowly off suboxone even down to 1 to 1/2mg. and even lower if needed. I hope the best for you n good luck........
I am now on day 9 of Suboxone and that, thank GOD, makes me 9 days clean of opiates (or so I thought) So is Suboxone an opiate or not? I was reading some info on Suboxone and I'm not sure which website to go to in order to get fact based info on the medication. I understand that there are a lot of sites out there strictly in the business of detox and that seems to be what I'm running into over and over again. I am now scared to death to detox off of Suboxone.
Suboxone is not worse. And I have ran out of suboxone for week a couple times due to cost and such, and I didn't think the withdrawal was a problem at all. As a matter of fact, I don't think I even noticed it.
Days ago i gave her the box of Sub cause i don't trust myself now and my doc wont either. Tonite she told me since doc upped my Lyrica that she sees changes in me. All i know is they make me hyper Talk Talk Talk. She said I've changed towards her. I hadn't realized that. I love her, she does everything for me. Forgot about the month I over spent my acct with 180.00 in bank fees. So i no longer have access. That was my decision. Cannot trust my spending. I really would like to detox off the Sub.
Hi, I just wanted to give you my experience with Subutex (same as Suboxone, but without the Naloxene which is added to Suboxone to prevent injection abuse) I, like you have been through withdrawal from opiates so many times I Iost count. I initially went in for Subutex last August and it felt like a miracle! The withdrawals were instantly gone, and I felt like I was alive. That was until I puked my guts out the next morning as a side effect! The intial dose of 12mg was a bit high for me.
I have been on suboxone for 2 years and recently had a baby. It has come to my attention by psychologist and psychiatrists that i have bi polar depression and need to be on something so i don't continue to impair my family's lives as well as my own. I have anger issues and my moods are very unpredictable. I have been this way for a very long time. I have read that you can not take suboxone with certain antidepressants. I used to be on citalopram but it did not work for me.
noone knows i relapsed-im taking sub short term to get off the opiates/ill be done w/ the sub tommorow-Im going back on my meds-and deal w/ my bipolar Leftcoast-. I am also a food binger-and gained 40lbs-lost the weight and regained 25 lbs-after an arguement w/ my sig. other-i ate way too much last night.I also have a eating disorder. Lots of fun-????basically-im not doing too well right now- My relapse came after a manic episode-i was very thin-but still felt terrible.
She scares me and keeps pushing all kinds of new meds. She thinks all addicts are Bipolar which im not and she is set in her ways. I am afraid to ask her to taper me because of all the other drugs she may put me on. Lithium, risperadal adderrall those are just the ones i can remember...unless i can find a new Dr.
Unfortunately I started to take oxycontin and was rly depressed till my friend (who was a former heroin user) told me about suboxone. He sold his and I started taking them. I have now been taking them for about 3 years straight illegally. That is not even the worst part the worst part is I have stably taken 2-4 8mg pills a day! Which costs me roughly $60-80 a day! I dont get high from them but I need them or I get rly sick as you all may know.
We were very hopeful to hear about the positive results experienced by others who have also found no relief from traditional treatments but have found great relief from low dosages of SUBOXONE for their depression and BPD. In my daughters case, however, she has experienced constant nausea, fatigue and lightheadedness.
And by the way I am bipolar so I def dont need to be put back into a whirlspin with that either. i feel better than i have in a very long time. i just simply dnt want to drag the sub thing on forever and ever. i wish i never would've let that doc put me up to such a high dose. it really is ridiculous from what i've read about through research.
Today i just reduced my Suboxone down to half a milligram and i can't WAIT to get off it!! Can't wait to be a new me...the REAL me. Keep up the good work!
I agree, six years does seem like a long time, but I took suboxone for 4 years and it definitely saved my life. Yes, suboxone is very difficult to get off of and my case was not the exception either, it was h3ll and took a good month or more before I started feeling human. But it did help me work on me during the time I took it and it also helped me stop my drug seeking habits.
How long did you stay on Subs... and is it common for addicts to be bipolar. Do you get manic? And do you feel like it's getting better... what are you doing now to stay clean and not go over the line.
Some people accuse me or others of being 'greedy'-- in it for some pile of money, rather than for the real reason-- which is because it is something that saves lives and gives people their spouses, parents, and children back! There is a shortage of psychiatrists and a shortage of Suboxone-certified docs, and new docs can have only 30 patients for the first year-- if I advertise, I will get that many calls from new patients in one or two days!
Hi. I have taken Suboxone and Subutex hear and there and finally went with the program for 1 year. I did exactly what the doctor said to do and found that in about 8 months in, I began to form anxiety problems which made it hard to interact with people and caused my jaw to lock up during conversation and it made me sweat extra. I noticed that some of my friends who where on Suboxone had the same problem around the same time that it happened to me.
I have bipolar and depression so I have made an appointment with a doctor who can prescribe Suboxone as well as bipolar meds.When I called I was asked if I had Medi Cal because apparently the doctor is a contractor for Medi Cal. Are there any Medi Cal benefits that would cover cost of the medication or cost of psychiatrist?
I'm very fortunate in that he's one of a few people who knows what a double life I've lead, and can also empathize with me having mental health and addiction issues (I also have Bipolar type 1- hence the benzos). Because (incredibly), he's also a mental health professional specializing in dual diagnosis/co-morbidity with his own mental illness (AD/HD) and once had an amphetamine problem which is now just a legal dexi-amphetamine Prescription - hehe what a pair, right?!
Medi-cal DOES pay for the suboxone and subutex(and generic of subutex) you only have to apply for a tar with your pharmacy. It takes about 3 days to get it. If your pharmacist is cool like mine then they will give you some meds to take home while they get the script paid for. Your doctor will have to supply info for medi-cal on why you need the meds. ITS SUPER EASY THOUGH. just talk to your pharmicist. If you go to a dr that takes medi-cal then your appt fee should be free too.
I'm just ready to keep fighting to stay clean because I realize while on suboxone and other opiates I was numb and I rarely laughed anymore! I'm already laughing again because I keep having bursts of exitement or sillyness from exhaustion either or but I'm laughing! My 9th day clean laughing! Its amazing to feel anything so I'm glad I've made it this far! Think positive right! Well now everyone knows most of my story!
I posted this on another board but found out hardly anyone posts there, it's pretty much the story of where I am, but mainly I am ready for the tapering stage of Suboxone and I'm scared and need advice. The shrink said there is inconclusive data on this stage, and from what I read she seems correct.I've read many stories from easy comedowns to pure hell, but no one in my situation. (most are either deeper or lighter, and more importantly, none have been on such a short time-scale.) ...
Unfortunately, he checked himself out AMA after several days and to this day still hasn't had it treated. Bipolar is a serious illness and can be difficult to bring under control. If you can't get them to get an evaluation willingly, if they're doing things considered to be a danger to himself or others, you can have him admitted against his will. Good luck.
I am doing 2 pills 8mg, the frist couple of days were great, but I feel worse now then when I started. They make me really tired and I have lots of anxiety. Having bipolar and being pregnant doesn't make things the greatest either. I know that doing pills is worse, so I am not as bad as I was when I was using. I would worry about pills all the time, now I am actually worried about things in my life, not where I will get 30 more pills and dr shopping.
Two sublingual formulations of buprenorphine, the Schedule III pharmaceuticals Subutex® (buprenorphine) and Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone), received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in October 2000 for use in the treatment of opioid addiction. Buprenex®, an injectable formulation of buprenorphine, has previously been available in the United States and is approved for use as a parenteral analgesic.
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