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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:54 am 
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I've been seeing a doctor for one year now and he prescribed my Subutex (Not Suboxone). I pay $350 a month just to see him. Crazy expensive!

Well as of December 31st 2015 I was laid off. I tried to reach my doctor for an entire week as my Sub's were about to need refilled.I never heard back so in order for me to not run out & go into withdrawal, I contacted a new doctor. He charges $100 a month. A lot cheaper.

Here's the catch. I get there, pay, got a script only to find out he ONLY prescribes Suboxone. I'm not allergic to it but last Spring I tried it and I just stayed sick so that's why I had Subutex instead. I decided hey I'll fill it because I've already paid the fee and I'm about out of meds. Yes its been one week and I'm still not adjusted to Suboxone. Its kept me out of severe withdraw but I'm certainly not comfortable.

I was thinking since I'll be back to work on January 19th 2016 so then I can just afford my old/normal doctor. My question is, do you think he now knows I switched randomly? I'm scared I've done something stupid that I cannot reverse.

I have no criminal history nor do I want one. My addiction was started from surgeries and abscessed teeth. Legal scripts. I understand the laws on Dr shopping and keeping ppl from selling or obtaining multiple narcotic scripts from multiple drs. That's not my intention. I was in a bind and unsure of what to do while laid off of work. What do I do now? Call the old doctor? Find an entirely new one?


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Most everyone here has the same opinion when it comes to discussions with your Suboxone/Buprenorphine doctor. Be honest. If I were in your shoes I'd just switch over to the new doctor and get my dose adjusted. No big deal, all you're doing is changing doctors, there is no law against that.

But don't go back and forth w/o telling your old Dr. about it or it'll bite you big time. Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to recovery.

Funny how you prefer Subutex over Suboxone and others have it just the opposite. We all react differently to medications so what is true for you may not be true for someone else. Buprenorphine is all the same. Just find the dose that makes you feel right with the world and stick with that. Don't try to go higher or you'll regret it later. Most of us started on higher doses and then worked our way down to what works best for us individually.

Congrats on finding a cheaper doctor!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:16 pm 
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Also if u do go bk to ur old Dr or another Dr, I'm not sure how it would go over if u filled a new script before the one u filled for suboxone runs out. There's all kinds of tools that pharmacies use that can see any controlled substance u have filled lately. If u try filling another one in the same month, it could def turn out bad. In this case, I'd be honest regardless. U don't wanna look like u were doing anything shady when u weren't. Remember, most ppl don't tend to give us addicts the benefit of the doubt. Not having a criminal history or how u got addicted doesn't matter, make sure u give ur Dr the heads up so it covers ur butt. I hope it works out, as long as ur honest I think you'll be ok :)

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