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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:06 pm 
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Okay, I'm honestly going to make this long story short.
About 3 weeks ago I ran out of anxiety meds and a few people had told me subs helped them so I figured if I took a piece the size of a pencil eraser then I'd be fine.. I have no past with heroin or anytype of drugs really I just take Xanax when needed and I get them off the streets. I'm not sure if it's because Im not used to drugs or any of the side affects. I felt nice for about an hour after I took the small piece but then I got extremely tired and napped for 6 hours, I woke up exextremely sick and dizzy. I was sweating, vomiting, passing out and getting cold sweats. This went on for 4 days before I finally went to the hospital and they told me it was either terrible side affects or an allergic reation or i was having withdrawls from it which i do not think could happen... I'm not sure which one it is and I've Googled and nothing has come up. Was it side affects or no? I'm confused and I want answers


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So you are opiate naive and you took a piece of an 8 mg film? Yup, your friends were a little imprecise. Suboxone is made for opiate tolerant people. You maybe took 3mg? It's hard to draw direct equivalencies, but you probably took what is comparable to 60 mg of oxycodone. That's like 12 normal percocets at once. I'm positive that you were so sick because you took so much of a very powerful medication.

Some people are sensitive to the naloxone in suboxone and fewer have actual allergies to it. I haven't heard of anyone being allergic to buprenorphine itself, which is the opiate component of the drug.

I do have a little advice for you, other than the lesson that you've already learned. The mindset that a pill can cure your anxiety tends to cut off other sources of help that you might not have tried. Many people receive help for their anxiety through good therapy. Therapy can give you concrete tools that will help your anxiety over time. It's not a quick fix, but it's safer than trying to medicate yourself. I know you will never try suboxone again given your experience with it, but there are people who get addicted to it. When you're addicted to the "cure" it's very difficult to be in recovery.

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