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Oxycontin is now gone - My doctor wants me to try Subutex. Should I?

QuiltinouslyQQuiltinously Posts: 152
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Pain Medications
Quick review: Since the Oxycontin generic is all gone (some pharmacies may still have a few dwindling pills), I need to switch in a couple of weeks to something else or pay for the brand name version which is over $400 more!

My doctor is excited about Subutex. He told me that if he were me, he's take it instead of Oxycontin.

Have any of you taken it? Does anyone know anything good or bad about it? I guess it is a form of Suboxone, but with out the nauseau causing ingredients that keep addicts from abusing it.

He wants me to take Subutex as a daily pain medication unlike Suboxone which I guess is mostly used to help people rapidly get off opiates.

Otherwise, I can take MS Contin again which didn't work very well, but this time at a higher dose or try a patch of some kind. Should I try Subutex? I know you guys aren't doctors, just share your experience please.

Thanks in advance for the input!


  • I work in a prison here in England and when I saw your post I was quite surprised.
    Subutex has been given to prisoners/inmates over here if they're known heroin users and risk withdrawl problems.
    That was certainly the case up until February 2009 and may still continue but as I've been off with my back issues things may have changed in my absense.
    I'm taking Oxycontin twice daily and have to see my doctor in a few hours time as I need to increase the dosage. I'm concerned because it's now 13 days til my fusion surgery and I've been told to STOP taking my diclofenac(NSAID) a week before the surgery and I'm worried the effect this might have on my pain levels.
    Time will tell I guess.

    Good luck to all having surgery this month or any month for that matter.

  • Scott,

    My understanding is that Suboxone is given for a rapid detox for heroin users and others who are addicted or dependent on opiates. Somehow it gives addicts a quick detox without the withdrawls. That would make it perfect for prisoners or anyone else who wanted/needed to get off opiates quickly.

    I guess it is also used as a pain medication by some pain management doctors. That is what my GP doctor thinks and he has begun using it with his chronic pain patients. It scares me though.

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