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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:41 am 
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G'day,
Been on suboxone for 6 months now and think it's a great medication. Something funny has been happening lately though.
On saturday I seemed to get the anti depressant electric shock thing and today I'm really itchy.
It could just be that as I'm trying to get off the SSRIs it was just a bit of discontinuation syndrome and today maybe the heat and cats are affecting me.
So I was just wondering if anyone knew of allergy to suboxone and if it can present as itching.
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 Post subject: Re: itchiness
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:45 am 
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Itching is a fairly common reaction to any opiate. It is not necessarily an allergy. PAX


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:50 am 
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It would be very unusual to become allergic to a medication after taking it for six months. I have not seen a single case report of allergy to buprenorphine. In fact, allergies to all opioids are uncommon. The itching that people get from opioids is not from allergies. Morphine is the worst offender, triggering the release of histamine from mast cells, causing itchiness and burning near the injection site.

Fentanyl causes itching, but the mechanism is not 'allergy'. that type of itching occurs in most narcotics-- and is the reason that people using heroin are often picking or rubbing their noses.


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 Post subject: Re: itchiness
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:54 pm 
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thanks, it wasn't the normal M sulphate itches or smack itchy nose, this was different, maybe just bloody cat hair; and as it's started to get hot again here, not wearing t shirt (bare back on couch with cat hair all over it).
Must be cats, hate the bloody things but can't bring myself to get rid of them. Daughter loves them, different amounts at different times ;)


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