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Thursday, October 15, 2009 Lin, Community Member, asks

Q: Suboxone

Have you ever heard of recovering addicts with bipolar disorder being on Suboxne treatment for a long period of time? Is there or have their been any studies on it's effectiveness when it comes to this sort of dual diagnosis?

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lawyer100, Community Member
10/16/09 9:17pm

I've not researched this before, but I am bipolar and am taking suboxone, along with seroquel, cymbalta and wellbutrin.  Suboxone is a god-send.  I have been on it for almost a year now and am still doing real well.   I've not experienced any interactions with other meds either.  I'm in the process of starting to wean off the suboxone, you do this very slowly and over a long period of time, and it is going good.   But I would say to go ahead and give it a try.  You'll be under close supervision with a doctor and he should even do the first dose in his office to see how it works.  It worked within minutes for me in the office in taking away withdrawal symptoms!

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Lin, Community Member
10/17/09 1:00pm

Thank you, it's not me. Though I am bipolar I have managed well with just Celexa for several years now. This is my sister, she is a recovering heroin addict and was on Methadone for 5 years and has tapered off that to go on Suboxne, she has not relapsed nor taken any other drugs/meds in last 6 years. I am just concerned because she has not tried any other bipolar coctails/meds for that long.. why wouldn't she at least try it. I should also mention she plans on making this a long term treatment (suboxone) Not sure what the long term effects would be nor do I see the benefit of treating the bipolar with just suboxne on a long term basis.

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lawyer100, Community Member
10/17/09 7:12pm

Well it's good that she went off the Methadone onto the Suboxone, I've been told the Suboxone is a lot easier to come off than the Methadone because it's such a long taper period.  I believe I have heard of people being on Suboxone for years, but I'm not sure that it should be for life, I think it is just to get over that initial period of cravings to help people not relapse in those early months of recovery.  I was told to be in counseling and outpatient rehab along with NA meetings, that the Suboxone alone isn't going to do it all.  I would definitely agree that she needs to be on bipolar meds...there are so many that she is bound to find one she likes.  The suboxone does not treat the bipolar, so she really needs to  maybe find another doctor to get a second opinion.  If she's been on Suboxone for 6 years, that seems to be an issue.  She eventually needs to come off this and really work on sobriety in other ways.  Suboxone is addictive, so I would think the longer you are on it, the harder it might be to stop it.  Maybe she'll be receptive to you talking to her seriously about this if she is open to it, and find some literature about it.  Suboxone.com does help answer some questions about this.

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By Lin, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/26/11, First Published: 10/15/09