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 Post subject: Facial Muscles and Skin
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:01 pm 
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Hello all,

I was just wondering if Subutex cause's the muscles in the face to relax and does it dry the skin out? (Therefore making it more wrinckley(

Im 21 and been on Subutex since was roughly 19. I had very bad tooth decay but i've seen posts adressing that.

I was just wondering how people get the facial grimice or gurn, i see addicts usuallly on herion get deep lines in the face, alsmost like a frown where there cheeks meet the chin.


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I've never heard of suboxone causing any side effects like you speak of. If you've been on sub for two years, what was your active addiction like before that? And don't discount how we neglected ourselves during that time. Chances are what you're describing has nothing whatsoever to do with suboxone.

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I've found that all opioids create a face droopyness to varying degrees. The agonists the most. Buprenorphine can have this effect as well, but I think it'd only be noticeable in people who have a low tolerance to opioids. After we're stabilised on Sub, our appearance is pretty close to normal. Only those close to us, or those who know what to look for, may be able to pick it. I remember I could pick most people who were on Sub if I was talking to them outside an NA meeting.

There was a previous thread about "the look of Sub", and there were some different opinions about it. There is definitely the look of the methadonian. There's also the look of the active addict, or the addict veteran.

In comparison, the look-of-sub (if any) is much more subtle, and most people wouldn't notice anything.

Re your tooth decay. No research has really been done into whether buprenorphine does or does not affect the teeth at this stage. It's entirely possible that if Sub is giving you a dry mouth, that it's playing a role.


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