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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:40 am 
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I have been taking suboxone for the last 2 years. I am down to about 2mgs per day. I recently moved from Maine to Florida to take a software development job. I thought I would be able to just quit, but I am down to my last little peice and I am already sick from the last 4 days of cutting back my dosage. I can barely function, I look gross, my nose is running, back hurts, chills, stomache ache, constant yawnig, watering eyes, etc etc... What do I do in this case? I need a prescription before I lose my career. What a bad I dea this was to think I could just quit it like this! I have never had a doctor or a prescription for the treatment, but have done EXCELLENT on it on my own. No drugs whatsoever since I started. What steps do I take in my situation? It is basically an emergency. Does the emergency room do anything for me? I have one or 2 days left before everythign falls out from under me! I am in Cocoa Florida if that helps. Please help... I have turned my life around these last 2 years and I don't want to lose everything!


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Please I have never gone through the correct and proper channels to get a prescription, and I really need some advice. This is a time sensitive problem. Does anyone know if an emergency room will administer?


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Greetings, what a difficult situation you are in. I know you have options. I am not certain about the emergency room, but I have heard that they are allowed to give you a 3 day supply. This may or may not be the case especially if you were not treated previously by a doctor. There are members on this forum that can give you info on how to locate a sub doctor in your area and perhaps even a methadone clinic (some of them perscribe sub as well) I really hope you can get the treatment you need. Keep in touch and I am positive there will be some help on its way (forum members are great resource) Hang in there


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It's my understanding that an emergency room can dispense 3 days worth of Suboxone, I just don't know if they will in your case, or not??

Google search "suboxone doctor finder", there are several websites that will list doctors in your area that you can start calling.

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The ER is legally aloud to prescribe you 3 days of sub but I am pretty sure that is only if you were legally being prescribed Sub by a Dr. Even having a script it may be hard to find an ER that would prescribe it because not many are aware they legally can. Your best bet is to do what Romeo suggested and call every Dr until you find one that has an opening.

I wish I could offer you something more but finding a Dr that will get you in asap is all I can think to tell you. I hope you start feeling better soon!


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I just called everywhere I found online. Even the florida crisis hotline. They said the ER was probably my only action for immediate care, but I may be suceptable to being admitted to a rehab or police/legal action where I have never been prescibed the drug and obtained it illegally this whole time. I guess I am definately screwed at this point. I have a doctors appt set up at a PCP on monday, but I guess only certain docs can prescribe it. Oh god, i am going to ruin everything I have worked so hard to get. I should have just gone the legal route for treatment, but I was so embarressed. My dad is a pastor, and a politician in Maine, and I just didn't dare to seek professional help. Please, any input here would be very usefu. I don't want to go back to my old d.o.c. Really bummed right now.


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I am calling every doctor in the area that I found online that prescribes. Not much luck, but seems to be only choice. Thank you everyone for listening/answering/helping me out. This is a crazy topic that most do not understand.


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DavidLee wrote:
I am calling every doctor in the area that I found online that prescribes. Not much luck, but seems to be only choice. Thank you everyone for listening/answering/helping me out. This is a crazy topic that most do not understand.




DavidLee we all understand. You are not the first one on this forum that has obtained their sub illegally. I would keep calling Drs until I found one. I found one when I was desperate and I got in that same day to see him !!! They know you are desperate when you call and some try to get you in asap...so keep calling...and be willing to drive a ways to see a Dr.

Remember how far we would drive to get our doc???!!!lol....
Keep trying and good luck to you...keep us posted about your progress!! You will be able to find a doctor and get back on sub again the legal way.

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Technically, the PCP you're seeing Monday can prescribe you Suboxone, but he can ONLY prescribe it to you if it's for pain relief.

Doctors who prescribe Suboxone to treat opiate addiction must have a special waiver (data 2000 or something like that).

So, you could ask the PCP to give you Suboxone for pain relief on Monday, but chances are he's never even heard of it and that he won't do it.....but it won't hurt to ask.

If you flat out can't find any Suboxone, ask your PCP for some Clonidine. It's a blood pressure medication used to treat opiate wd. Obviously, once you ask him for Clonidine, he's probably going to know why you were wanting the Suboxone. If the PCP is some kind of saint, he may even give you a few Benzo's ( Xanax, Valium). The Benzo's, along with the Clonidine, will knock your wd symptoms down. Immodium AD will help to keep you from crapping all over yourself. Advil or Tylenol will help with the body aches. Hot showers or hot baths will make you feel human again.

Lastly, and not to sound too harsh, if you end up with no Suboxone.....suck it up princess. Suboxone wd ain't gonna kill you. There have been other people on this forum who have quit Suboxone around the dose you're at and they went to work.

YOU ARE WAY STRONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE!!!!!!

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Maybe you should go on methadone short term until you find a sub doctor. It take two days at most to get dosed at a clinic. I know it is hard to go from methadone to suboxone (72 hours methadone free) but before I dealt with too many days of discomfort I would consider that. And....U could get suboxone at methadone clinics so start calling the methadone clinics and see if the give out suboxone. Like I am on methadone and my clinic hands out suboxone right there in the clinic. It takes two days to get inducted. People don't think to call methadone clinics for suboxone as they are busy looking for individual doctors when now a lot of the clinics dispense suboxone too. I guest dose at the methadone clinic in Daytona Beach when I visit and they hand out suboxone at the dosing window. Just another option to look into.

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finallyachance wrote:
Maybe you should go on methadone short term until you find a sub doctor. It take two days at most to get dosed at a clinic. I know it is hard to go from methadone to suboxone (72 hours methadone free) but before I dealt with too many days of discomfort I would consider that. And....U could get suboxone at methadone clinics so start calling the methadone clinics and see if the give out suboxone. Like I am on methadone and my clinic hands out suboxone right there in the clinic. It takes two days to get inducted. People don't think to call methadone clinics for suboxone as they are busy looking for individual doctors when now a lot of the clinics dispense suboxone too. I guest dose at the methadone clinic in Daytona Beach when I visit and they hand out suboxone at the dosing window. Just another option to look into.


My friend just told me the same thing. I will be calling around all day today. Daytona isn't far from me at all either, but I kow I saw some around cocoa too. My buddy is also sending me an emergency care package, so that should buy me another week or so... if he really does it. I do agree with the previous poster as well that it might be time to suck it up and make the jump, but dam I JUST started this job and I don't want to be sitting at my desk looking like I just fell off the morgue transport truck and have mad cow diease. Lol. Seriously though, I can't say how much the suboxone has changed my life, and I do plan on tapering off asap, but I think I really need to do it with minimal collateral damage. I am grateful for all you guys support, and I know we are all in the same boat, just some boats are different then others. Mine, apparently is sinking fast, but I may have the hole patched.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:55 am 
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Hi David,

Just wanted to chime in and say I feel for you- I would hate to goto a new job feeling like that... And to say IMO it would be very wise to take that week your friend is helping you with and get a sub doc. It changed the ball game for me when I started out. No more worrying about where you will get it and also you could take your time and taper off under the care of a doc. Trying to do it on our own is how we addicts think and we want everything fixed yesterday. Plus if you have been on sub for 2 years you might want to give yourself time to taper nice and easy. Whatever you do good luck and use this forum, it's a great place with kind helpful folks.

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Hi David,

Just wanted to chime in and say I feel for you- I would hate to goto a new job feeling like that... And to say IMO it would be very wise to take that week your friend is helping you with and get a sub doc. It changed the ball game for me when I started out. No more worrying about where you will get it and also you could take your time and taper off under the care of a doc. Trying to do it on our own is how we addicts think and we want everything fixed yesterday. Plus if you have been on sub for 2 years you might want to give yourself time to taper nice and easy. Whatever you do good luck and use this forum, it's a great place with kind helpful folks.

Gb


Thanks. I am hoping my PCP will give me a referral on monday to a specialist that can prescribe Sub. I did get in touch with a clinic today, and they can intake me next week. It is not what I am really looking for, but in case of not being able to get referred by my pcp to a specialist, I wil take that route- no doubt. Its just so embarresing to talk about this with these people on the phone.

After 2 years, I think it is imparitive to slow taper, and the do-it-yourself approach was a great first step, and got me to the point I am at today, but I think I need medical assistance from this point on as it is the biggest and hardest step to take. I am really excited and looking forward to being free and clear of this life!

Anybody have any pointers as to what to say to my PCP? I obviously am going to have to disclose the fact that i have been breaking the law the last 2 years, and it will automatically put e in that "drug seeker" category in his eyes I think, but I have to make that attempt. I am guessing that no mater how he wants to judge me, medically speaking he should be required to get me the help I need as it says right on the suboxone website: "Do not stop taking this medication without consulting a doctor."


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Try Urgent care too. I know of a few doctors at the local urgent care that are authorized to perscribe subox. Good luck. Seek and ye shall recieve. (the methadone is another option especially if you are already in more than 72 hrs.)


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My friend sent out the care package yesterday as soon as he heard I was in this situation and I recieved it today! What a releif. It is so good to have a good an honest person that really cares for me as my friend. When I was a full blown addict, those people I called friends were everything but that. Having a friend in sobriety is a whole new concept for me.

So, for the short interim, I am safe. I now can relax a little, and talk to my PCP without as much tension and anxiety riding on it. I am truly grateful God is looking out for me. I will stay on here and keep in touch with all of you... a friend in troubled times for everone.


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Dont get too laxed. Get on the phone soon and get a longer term situation going just in case. Good Luck.

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I'm gonna second what Finallyachance just said.

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Ya I have a clinic all lined up for thursday morning intake, and PCP appt on Monday. I would rather go to a specialist then the clinic, but I am in no spot to be picky. I will keep you all updated. Thank God its friday! Been a long stressful week! Enjoy your weekend everyone!


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I'm glad your feeling better! If it was me I would use the Sub Doc finder and call all the Drs as far as you're willing to drive and make an appointment with one that can see you the quickest. That way if your pcp doesn't refer you or the Dr he refers you too has a waiting list you will have a back up plan. I know you have the clinic set up but this way you will be able to stop the clinic and get treatment from a private Dr asap. If you are successful with your pcp you can always cancel the appointment. A good backup plan will save you from finding yourself in this situation again. Just my 2 cents. Good luck!


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you shouldnt have too much trouble tapering from 2mgs.. i did it earlier last month, but on day 7 decided i rather stay on SUB a little longer as I was having really BAD cravings, i jumped at .5-.25mg somedays I dosed twice, other days just once at .25mg..

I think Im going to get off around march, as I have spring break around then and hopefully I can get me some comfort meds from my doc and go on a 'supervised jump' as I rather just not have on my med records that I started suboxone treatment then just stopped going I NEED the doctor to record that I successfully completed the treatment as my gun license(decent collection definetly worth some$$) depends on it and my future(canada has renewals every 5 years, and it clearly asks if any addictions/mental health, when I applied I was still in active addiction so it wasn't on my medical records)


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