Thread: Suboxone and Prozac
10-15-2009, 08:25 AM #1
Suboxone and Prozac
I value the opinions of all of those here and was wondering if Prozac was safe to take with Suboxone. I have a sponsee that is on 16mg of Suboxone and was recently prescribed 20mg of Prozac. I made the mistake of looking online and have seen horror stories about them counteracting each other. Any experience?Don't be afraid of withdrawal. The sick feeling will pass and then the real work starts: staying sober. For me, the rooms of AA were the last thing I tried and the first thing that worked, but it will only work if you work it.
10-15-2009, 11:43 AM #2Senior Member
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I have a friend thats on the same mix..20mg Prozac, 16mg sub.I was on 20mg of Paxil while on sub. Now 2 months off sub,still on Paxil.I did not experience anything while using the 2 together. My friend was prescribed this by an addiction MD who told him there was no interaction between the 2. However, many MDs, including addiction specialists still don't know how to manage patients on sub!! There are so many side effects with both meds and it is sometimes hard to predict how each individual reacts. Funny, sub can make you depressed so they prescribe an antidepressant instead of decreasing the sub...such is modern medicine.I was on the paxil for a couple of years before the sub, so I just don't know. Have ytour sponsee pay close attention to how she feels. The Prozac really won't kick in for 3-4 weeks. Hope this helps!
10-15-2009, 12:41 PM #3
It seems to be a safe combo. Who really knows? But it may also be the prozac is being scripted to mask the symptoms of a HUGE sub dose. A mechanistic approach.
Personally if it were my own plan, I'd taper the sub down to single digits B4 adding a controversial AD...(or any other med).
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10-15-2009, 04:18 PM #4
Sage advice, gang. Thanks for the input. It's true about the Sub and depression, then the Prozac for the depression that the Sub caused. It's like a cat chasing its tail!
10-27-2009, 09:32 AM #5
I have no experience with prozac. But I have had a severe reation to a another medication, back about 4 years ago, while on suboxone. It was a type of antidepresant that is now being prescribed for ADHD called strattera.I hadn't taken adderall for almost 5 years, and I thought that a non-stimulant ADHD med would be a safe choice. Boy was I mistaken. It was by far the worst 3 days of my life. I felt as though I was tripping on lsd and overly caffinated at the same time. I had the most twitchy reflexes, that couldn't be controlled. I also had trouble putting a sentence together. I couldn't eat, sleep or even drink water without being violently sick. Maybe that's what it feels like to be on a month long meth binge. But when I told my sub. Docter he just dissmissed it as a personal reaction. And asked me if I think I'm ready to back on adderall again. My answer was no. I find adderall to very unenjoyable to me. It seems people who don't have ADHD like it a lot better then us who do have it.