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 Post subject: My name is Nina
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:32 pm 
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Hi, I think I am the only one here. My name is Nina. I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am not taking Suboxone but considering it heavily for
major depression and PTSD. I want any information anyone has on what the advantages and
disadvantages are with this medication.

I am an adult survivor of abuse. I have always loved life and now that I am entering adulthood, I am overwhelmed with sadness and a nagging feeling that the abuse and worry of my childhood has left a lasting mark that I don't feel I should have to live with. In many ways I feel like i am fighting for my life. I have done nothing wrong, and I deserve the best treatment, even if it is controversial.

thanks, Nina

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 Post subject: suboxone for PTSD?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:33 pm 
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I have never heard of Suboxone or Subutex being used for anything but opiate maintenance and, in rare instances, pain management. I did a quick read of www(dot)rxlist(dot)com(slash)suboxone-drug(dot)htm, and I didn't see anything about PTSD.

I also found this link: www(dot)ptsdsupport(dot)net(slash)ptsd_medication(dot)html which lists a bunch of different medications commonly used to treat PTSD.

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Hi Nina, I am new here too, nice to meet you!


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Hi, Nina! I'm sorry to hear of your struggles. I, too, have never heard of Suboxone being used for those issues. I also suffer from major depression as well as PTSD. I use Suboxone for chronic pain. When I started the subox therapy in December, we cleared my system of everything, including my psychotropic meds. I have not found the Suboxone to address my psychiatric symptoms at all. Are you currently seeing a psychiatrist? I'm curious what led you to the possibility of taking Suboxone for those symptoms. I know these are very personal questions. I've struggled with mental health issues my entire life (I'm 43 now). If you would like to talk about this further, please feel free to message me. I would love to talk to you more.
Either way, best of luck!
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Yes Nina, Doctors are prescribing Suboxone as a off label use for depression. It is being researched now for deppression and IMO will definitely be used for it by many doctors soon. I'm surprised nobody else heard of this on here.


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Since reading Nina's post I have read about positive results Suboxone can have on depression.
When it comes to major depression, if other meds don't work, it's always a good thing to have alternatives.
Best of luck, Nina.


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Nina:

You probably should discuss your treatment options with a competent psychiatrist. You would have a very difficult time finding a physician to prescribe Suboxone for depression, though. It is hard enough to find a physician to prescribe Suboxone for its only FDA approved use, opioid dependence, let alone off label use for any other conditions.


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Nina,
I can only speak from my own experience. I started suboxone for the treatment of my opoid dependence. I have been on it since March 16, 2009. I too am an abuse survivor. I am bipolar and have PTSD. I am allergic to many of the medications given to treat these conditions. I found that since I started suboxone and stabilized on it, my moods have improved dramatically. I can hardly believe it. I have never in my life felt this "normal".
Suboxone has been a life saver for me. Good luck to you.
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