I am still experimenting a bit with youtube. They tell me that video is the future of the internet, and who am I to argue? Tonight’s ten minute video deals with a common video title at youtube, and the title of this post. A person wrote and said help I can’t stop Suboxone!
So… why is it hard to stop Suboxone? I resisted the urge to put a ‘duh’ here… in case you are missing the answer… one reason is because Suboxone has opiate properties, and stopping it causes withdrawal. Pretty much anyone who is taking it has demonstrated an inability to stop any other opiates– probably over and over again. So why would such a person be able to stop Suboxone?
Actually, most opiate addicts that I have gotten to know over the years, myself included, have trouble stopping just about anything– opiates, sleeping pills, antidepressants, ice cream, Cap’n Crunch… if ‘the addict’ in me likes something, he doesn’t want to give it up!! I don’t know why, but he is stubborn like that!
I realize that there is physical withdrawal to buprenorphine and not to ice cream… so I would expect Suboxone to be a bit more difficult to stop. But I have a bit of information to add to our database of information here… although I realize that some people will not believe what I am about to say. But I really have no reason to lie; I’m sure the conspiracy theorists think I am up to something– I got a comment today that said that I ‘push Suboxone to rake in more money than I ever dreamed of’. One thing I can guarantee, just in case the writer is reading this– I can dream of a lot more than that! Darn– where was I? Oh yes… a patient of mine who takes Suboxone– he is about 45 or so and used opiates for many years for chronic back pain, and has been on Suboxone for only about a year… he is having a great deal of tooth problems related to trauma years and years ago, and will have the remaining teeth pulled in a few days. To prepare, he took himself off Suboxone a couple weeks ago by tapering down to 4 mg and then stopping. I saw him today and he insists he had NO withdrawal at all– ZERO.
This guy has been using opiates for decades and has had withdrawal many, many times, so I would have expected him to suffer a bit going off Suboxone. On the other hand, he is a tough guy– and I don’t mean that any way but literally. He could probably have his fingernails pulled off one by one without flinching, and he is not prone to ‘working himself into a frenzy’ over fear of something. But I was still surprised at his claim– I believe it entirely, but I am surprised.
I did have one young woman as a patient who stopped Suboxone after taking it for several months without telling me ahead of time– she also claimed to have no withdrawal, although in retrospect she said she did feel ‘a little tired’ for a few days. I have had a number of patients taper off Suboxone and have never had one claim that the experience was worse than oxycodone, vicodin, or methadone– not one. I read the posts on the internet– ‘the hardest thing to quit EVER!’ I don’t know what to make of them.
OK, enough horsing around. There is no longer any reason for you to watch the video, unless you want to look deep into my eyes to determine if I am telling the truth. But here it is anyway– my description of the reason for the phenomenon, ‘I can’t stop Suboxone’.