In 2011, I made a conscious decision that I could no longer adequately control my pain with Norco alone. After making this admission to my pain management, medication management doctor, he thought the best thing to do was to add Avinza to my list of medications. Well, after only a weeks worth of doses, I had had enough. I called my Physician’s Assistant, informed her that the Avinza sat in my stomach like a brick, while the Norco seemed to have lost their effectiveness.
Once I told my Physician’s Assistant that I was just getting tired of having to choose three times every day that hurt the worst to take my Norco, she briefly questioned me as to whether I had given any thought to Methadone, or Duragesic. Well, one of the first things I had told the first pain management doctor, an internist, was that I would never let them put me on either of those two drugs for two reasons. 1: Methadone was a huge stigma at the time, and 2: Fentanyl was responsible for my grandmother suffering a massive stroke after it was used by her anesthesiologist during a hip surgery. She was 82 at the time, and lived to be 85. Those final 3 years, she never regained use of her extremities, never was able to recall the names of those of us who loved her, and ultimately, died a slow, scared death.
I was informed by my PA that there was a new drug, called Suboxone, that some patients seemed to do really well on. After talking to her over the phone for about 10 minutes, I researched Suboxone for the next 3 days, and finally called and told her that I wanted to give it a try.
I hope those who have found this page will check back daily, as I intend to update this page with facts about Suboxone/Bunavail/Zubsolv, and even Subutex. Unfortunately, the only time that Suboxone is mentioned right now is when someone is telling their story about their hopelessly heroin addicted friend who was on the drug before dying after mixing their Suboxone with an unprescribed drug. Many of you already know a lot of about Suboxone, either as a patient, or as a caregiver. What I aim to do is show that, through our peaceful actions and demands, we can shed a positive light on this drug that far too often only receives negative attention.
This history of Suboxone is extensive, and contains many facts that most people either do not know, or fail to acknowledge.
I want to make one thing clear, and I hope this does not alienate anybody, but this page will not discuss this drug as a detox aide, nor will it mention in any depth how this drug became known as the heroin addicts substitute. In the coming days, weeks, and hopefully months, I simply wish to present the facts about this drugs use as an analgesic, and ask for your help in convincing the FDA to acknowledge that this drug can do more than just act asan opiate replacement tool. Buprenorphine, and Buprenorphine/naloxone combination products are being vastly underused, solely due to doctors’ fears of being sued if an adverse reaction were to occur after being prescribed off-label.
I ask you to come with me, ask me questions that you are unsure of, if you think I am making up a fact, I will gladly provide you with a link that validates what I am saying. Together, I believe that it just might be possible to force the DEA to answer questions about Buprenorphine and Buprenorphine/naloxone products, and maybe, just maybe, we can force the powers that be to admit that when it comes to product classification, and purposification; far too often the wrong people are in power.