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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:17 pm 
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Below is a PM I sent to the Doctor on here, which is my story and a little about me
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My Name is Angie and in 2005 I started my affair with Percosets, you know usual story, wisdom tooth pulled, took one one day after a particulary bad day of verbal abuse from my now ex husband and realized, OMG THIS TAKES ALL MY PROBLEMS AWAY, like yourself I am the last person anyone would think of as an opiate abuser, on the outside, I am a Successful NYC Real Estate Broker, I support my family, I am also head of own household, etc. fast Forward, after many attempts to get clean, I finally cleaned up my Act, March 2011, I was prescribed 24 mg and quickly tapered myself to 5mg, I believe it was too quick cause 6 months later I found myself having cravings again and went back up to 16mg. I am also on Wellbutrin because at the time my father was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer and I am his chief caregiver I was in major danger of a relapse.

On January 11, 2013 I woke up at 3am in the throngs of a major panic attack and spent the next week having then back to back, I literally thought I was going crazy. On the same day as the first Panic Attack my sub doc had switched me from Wellbutrin to Effexor as my fear of death comes 10 fold and cripples me after I take my wellbutrin. ( I have lost a brother to a car accident at 21 and my dad was fighting for his life). That day I stopped my Wellbutrin and took ONE SINGLE EFFEXOR. I blamed my Panic Attack on that, when they refused to stop for a week I didnt know what was going on. I am very scared to take Ativan or Xanax while on Sub becuse of all the death warnings online and my fear of dying just wont allow me to use a Benzo.

I work out daily with a personal trainer and have reduced my sub to 10-12mg. I am back on my wellbutrin, I take it at the same time everyday so my levels are good, I will be going to try 8mg a day tomorrow of Sub and Taper from there.

Could this be some weird reaction of the two drugs being taken together? Drugs.com has an interactions checker that says these two together could cause Seizures, am I having Auras? Is this combination dangerous (ive been on it this combo for 2yrs and now its bothering me? is that possible, or did that single effexor do all of this?)

Please help me, what do you think this might be?

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Hello,
I have been on suboxone for 16 months. I have noticed that I too have been having panic attacks. It started months ago at the dentist. I was having a root canal done. The Dr. put a rubber damn in my mouth. I literally freaked out. He had to stop the procedure because the damn was necessary to keep small items from falling in my throat. This is the first time in my life that i panicked. I have had many root canals done. He tried giving me gas and the hose that they put on my nose freaked me out. I felt like I was suffocating. Again i have had gas many times before. I finally had to find a dentist that would sedate me.
Also i now have a fear of confined spaces. I could not enter the crawl space under my sisters house. She hired me to do a job under her house. When i went to crawl under the house i got a few feet in and all of a sudden i panicked big time. This has never happened before.
Sometimes now when i drive i get freaked out on a 2 lane hiway. I am afraid of getting into a head on collision. Its so bad sometimes that i slow down to 40mph. .My reasoning is that if i am going 40mph rather than 70mph if i do get in a collision the damage would not be as bad.
Lately i have fear of dying, and fear of suffocating. The only medication i am taking is suboxone and my high blood pressure meds.
Could my new fears be caused by the suboxone?


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That's really interesting, Rod. I also started getting panic attacks/ and anxiety at the dentist, among other places. Just walking into the office, I would get that fight or flight feeling. My legs would go numb. My heart would race. There were times when the doctor didn't want me to leave because they were so worried about my blood pressure. I wasn't particularly scared of the dentist. It just started one day.

Just a heads up, there is another thread here with a similar conversation going on.

http://www.suboxforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=8082


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