Treatments for Opioid Withdrawal

I have written about this topic multiple times, but perhaps a summary is appropriate.  More and more evidence and clinical experience suggest that buprenorphine is best considered a long-term ‘remission agent’ for opioid dependence.  Such a conclusion would have been obvious years ago if not for the hesitancy to do Read more…

Opiate withdrawal: hell beyond words– does your doctor care?

I am often told by opiate addicts that they would kill themselves rather than go through withdrawal again.  I assume  that the comments are  exaggerations to make a point.   But a recent nightmare helped me realize that the comments are not hyperbole– but rather are serious attempts by addicts to describe just how horrible Read more…

Clonidine and Opiate Withdrawal

For those of you who like to do some scientific reading, a recent meta-analysis looked at clonidine’s efficacy in reducing the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.  A meta-analysis, by the way, is when someone takes a number of studies that sometimes didn’t reach significant conclusions and combines the numbers, creating a Read more…

Zofran for Coming Off Suboxone? (etc)

Thank you to Heather Hajek for the following report. I found the report on several health pages with RSS feeds, but unfortunately there is no byline to the article that says where ‘Heather Hajek’ writes– I did a Google search for her name and came up with a few more Read more…

It (gasp!) IS Hard to Stop Suboxone. Here is why.

Yes, you heard it here fir…. fourth…  it is hard to stop Suboxone.  As anyone pausing at this web site knows, it is hard to stop ANY opiate.  There are many forces at work against you when you are tapering off opiates; physical withdrawal, mental withdrawal, cravings for opiates, and Read more…

Suboxone (buprenorphine) and Opiate Withdrawal in Newborns

I received an e-mail today related to an article I had placed on a different web site about using Suboxone during pregnancy: My son was born November 19th 2008 and is still in the hospital because the mother is on Suboxone. He has tremors, has trouble sleeping and is excessively Read more…