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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:13 am 
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Since starting sub, I really don't catch colds/flu anymore. I am sure it could happen, but it seems my immune system is either higher or I am less stressed or something because it used to be if I was around someone with a cold/flu, I would certainly catch it every time. I don't recall a single flu/cold in 3 years which is a bit odd for me. I don't know what else could have changed except the sub. Anyone else notice this?

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the reason you are not getting sick is because your membranes are dried out due to taking an opiate. at least this is what several physicians have mentioned to me.


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I never got sick when I was on Sub either. It was great.

Endorphins are natural immunity boosters, so I wonder if the opiate-endorphin boost we get from sub helps keep us from getting sick. That's the theory behind treating HIV patients with low-dose naltrexone - the low dose of naltrexone taken before bed fools the brain into thinking more endorphins need to be produced and ups the patients immune system. They're also trying it as a treatment for fibromyalgia, and I know some people try to go on LDN after Sub treatment.

Now that I'm off Sub, I catch colds just like I did before I was on in. Lame.

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Ivan,

Will you explain that better to me? I don't understand what dried out membranes have to do with getting sick? Pardon my ignorance.

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I've rarely gotten sick the entire time I have been doing opiates. I don't know the science behind it, but in the past three years, I have only been sick one time, and that was a couple of weeks ago....it probably has something to do with the opiates, if more than a handful of us have been experiencing this.


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I usually get sick once every 4-6 months. Just had the flu for the pass week ( longest i've been sick ) just be lucky you have a strong immune system. if anything the drugs would make it weaker.


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I was told buprenorphine is a pretty safe drug, i dont think "your membranes are died out" that sounds crazy lol.... i trust my drs. at least the one, more than the other.


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I can't comment on long term Suboxone use yet, but when I was on methadone for 9 years, I never got sick. Not once. Lots of us would mention the same thing while standing in line, when the kids would go back to school. Everyone's walking around with a runny nose and coughing, and I'm feelin' fine. Every winter I would think of that.


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