1. rose

    Let me start out by saying I was never hooked on opiates until I got my first operation in 2000. I was amazed at how that little pain pill made me feel. I could face the world. In the past my doctor tried me on dozens of antidepressants and none worked. They all had some weird side effect I couldn’t tolerate. Being on opiates were different, they lifted my spirits, increased my concentration and lowered my anxiety for a short while, that is until they wore off. Finally one day I realize I couldn’t continue to do them. It wasn’t right, so as I tried several attempts to get off them, I couldn’t, I would fail. Then came along Suboxone. It gave me the same feeling, but in a different way. It lifted my spirits, too much Suboxone would cloud my memory, but the depression was gone once more. How wonderful. I could face the world once more. If I could I would stay on them forever, but my doctor is pushing me to stop them. I fear he will not be my doc anymore if I don’t lower my 8-2mg does of Suboxone down to 4mg, then continue decreasing till I stop, but I can’t get past lowering the one 8-2mg does of Suboxone to 4mg. I can’t, but I know I must. If it is too much for me, I plan on going to another doctor and faking that I am a hooked on opiates just to continue Suboxone. In my opinion, Suboxone does help depression.

  2. rose

    Oh, did I mention the increase in energy Suboxone gives? For years I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, not anymore. Suboxone gives a bust in energy that last all day, but again too much does the opposite. One 8-2mg tab of Suboxone last me all day until the very next morning for me.

    • The placebo effect likely plays a role in many cases of ‘energy after Suboxone’– it becomes more apparent when remembering that the onset time of a typical dose is about an hour, and people usually describe getting that energy ‘burst’ much more quickly. Because of the long half-life, people on buprenorphine have a relatively constant blood level of the chemical; much more constant than their subjective effects would suggest.

  3. nitral

    I really appreciate your point of view with suboxone dr. J but I do think there could be some cases where depression is related to a persons opioid system. I read something about blockage of the K-recepter that was responsible for an anti-depressent affect.
    I was unable to stop using opiates due to the significant part of my life that they gave me back after years of being extremely depressed. Actually losing my career do to a significant decline in my mental health for no known reasons.
    I recently started on suboxone (3 days ago) .. and If it helps me long term with my mental state, I will stay on it.

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