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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:14 pm 
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Hello I am new here. I am sure this has been beat to death here, but I am an opiate virgin and here to look around after reading some peer review papers on low dose bup for depression. I have a difficult to treat life long depression. Not suicidal or anything, but definately fed up with bad mood,lack of concentration, anxiety, and many other things. I have suboxone to try but have not done so yet. I was thinking of trying .25 or .5 for my depression. Since I have never tried taking anything of this nature before, I am going to tread lightly and do some more research. And I may not try this at all. Results seem very mixed from what I've seen so far and I certainly dont want to add problems. Thanks for reading this. I am not much of a writer but will be hanging out in this forum and continueing to research this possible endeavor.


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Hi subcurious and welcome! You might want to look in the suboxone and mood section. Most of the comments about sub treating depression are there. :)

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Hi Subcurious, Welcome! I can only tell you my experience and yes, suboxone has helped me with the depression I was experiencing associated with menopause. It has also helped with the pain I have in my knees from osteoarthritis. I wish you luck in treating your depression!


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I believe that for most of my patients with histories of opioid dependence, buprenorphine products reduce the incidence of depression. But I have not treated a person with buprenorphine or Suboxone for depression alone-- and I would be very reluctant to do so. Even at the low doses you describe, you would become tolerant to opioids.... and stopping opioids would be a significant challenge. In the case of a person suffering from depression, I would consider starting buprenorphine to be a permanent intervention-- because stopping buprenorphine would be likely to make depressive symptoms much worse.

If you've exhausted all other treatments, including MAOIs (Emsam, e.g., is a very good medication for some people), then buprenorphine might be an option.... but understand that starting buprenorphine would be VERY difficult to reverse in a person with a history of depression.


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