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I hear a lot of people mention "Comfort Meds" in their posts. I don't claim to know a whole lot, but I do know that most "comfort meds" that people mention are Benzos. (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, etc...) Does everyone realize that in the "Suboxone Book" it states that you must NOT mix Benzos with Suboxone? I would love to have a benzo for a comfort med., but as soon as I tell any doctor that I am taking Suboxone, they will NOT prescibe it for me. Furthermore, my Suboxone doctor, when he gives me a urine test each months, looks for benzos in the test. When I asked my Sub. dr. if I can get something for depression and sleep from my other dr., my Suboxone dr. said "As long as it's not a Benzo." Does it depend on the Sub. dr. or is it policy that all Sub. dr's. are not allowed to prescribe a Benzo with Suboxone? Like I said, it clearly states in the literature that one must not take any Benzo while taking Suboxone. The reason I brought all this up is because I would LOVE to have a Benzo as a comfort med. and I wonder where the heck people get them, since it's not allowed with Suboxone?
When they speak of 'comfort meds' its not Rx meds- except maybe Clonidine, a blood pressure med, but it never worked for me. Its a bunch of over- the- counter stuff, food and vitamins that can make you feel better during detox. I posted an example of this for you from a post by Bullylover-
SHOPPING LIST OPTIONS TO HAVE ON HAND DURING DETOX
Print out list to shop and to use as a tool to track what you take & its effectiveness.
Soup & Frozen Meals- enough for a few days
Liquid Nutritionally Balanced Meals; e.g., Slim Fast or Ensure
Gatorade (replaces electrolytes)
Benadryl (50mg w/hydro; taper ease aide)
Robitussin DXM-helps WDs; taper ease aide
Tagamet-taper ease aide; slows absorption of Hydro
Tylenol PM(but not w/Benzodiazepine Detox!)- during WDs you can take this during the day w/o it making you sleepy
Imodium (4-6 hours after onset; first few hours let body purge toxin concentrates) [detoxers have posted that 4-6 tablets x3 daily substantially helped them not only control diahhreah, but also lessened WDs]
Salonpas Patches For Muscle Pain
Aspercreme For Joint Pain (does NOT have Aspirin in it)
Airborne-3 boxes= (4 day supply @double doses3xdaily)
Nyquil-2 bottles since you will need it both day & night for first 3-4 days (will help joint pain & sleep)
Orange Juice w/Calcium-2 (will help joint pain & helps stabilize central nervous system)
Oranges-Natural VitC and other nutrients
Apples-Natural VitC and other nutrients
Bananas-2 bunches (potassium source; eat 2-3 daily; will help joint pain &helps stabilize central nervous system)
Sweet Potatoes-great nutrient source for VitA and other things; canned or fresh to cook-can be microwaved)
Blue Berries-fresh or dried -Great antioxidant
Spinach-Leafy Salad Mix, Frozen, or Canned (Vit. A-eat as much as you can)
Mini Carrots (good VitA and fiber source)
Green Tea-great antioxidant to help cleanse your system of toxins.
Peppermint Tea & Peppermint Candy-Nausea
Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Bars-has antioxidant & central nervous system coping properties
Zinc 50 or 60 mg (3xdaily ONLY W/FOOD; will substantially help joint pain)
B-Complex 100 mg. (helps stabilize central nervous system)
*L-Tyrosine [avoid if already taking any SSRI RX ](Health Food Store-will help joint pain & nerves) One hour before eating start w/2000 mgs; scale up/down based on how you feel up to 4,000 mgs. Take w/B-6 to help w/absorption. It will give you a surge of physical & mental energy that helps counteract malaise feeling. If you experience "coffee jitters" reduce to comfortable level.
*5HTP 100mg 3xdaily-no more than 300 mg daily as it could create risk elevated seratonin levels[avoid if already taking any SSRI RX m]-Walmart for best price; otherwise pricey; helps joint pain & nerves)
D-Phenylalanine (Health Food Store-helps joint pain) Compliments effectiveness of L-Tryosine and 5HTP
B-6 (needed for aborption & effectiveness of L-Tyrosine/D-Phenylalaline)
B-Complex w-B12 Sublingual Liquid Drops (Walmart-Spring Valley Line-key ingredient here is the B-12 which helps central nervous system & energy level. B-12 can only be absorbed by the body through natural dietary sources, injections, or liquid sublingual-under tongue
Calcium (helps joint pain & nerves)
*St. John's Wort [avoid if already taking any SSRI RX meds]-will help w/onset of depression which will also affect level of joint pain)
Multi-Vitamin Formula (Costco/Sams/Walmart) -helps joint pain, nerves, and depression)
Multi-Mineral Formula (Costco/Sams/Walmart) -helps joint pain, nerves, and depression)
Valerian Root (Walmart-helps nerves; increase dose leves @night to help w/sleep)
Hyland's Leg Cramps-Walmart-Homepathic Supplement has Quinine in it which helps w/leg syndrome; sublingual under tongue. RX levels of Quinine available from doctor.
Fish Oil-OMEGA 3-Helps w/legs syndrome &pain
[*These products impact serotonin levels and therefore if you are on any SSRI medications do
If you are Dependent on sub the risk of a problem is almost non existent if you take a small, recommended prescribed dose.
If you took sub and were opiate naive AND took a "hit" of benxo for effect you COULD go into respiratory failure.
many many many people take sub/bupe AND benzo's w/o any problem other than getting into addiction problems with the benzos. (addiction to them)
It is SOP to prescribe benzo's and bupe for DETOX/WD
I still have my original scrips (saving for my Law suit some day) of 2 benzo's and buprenex one for anxiety, one for sleep and the bupe to help with w/d (actually all were given to get me hooked to make them $$$$)
I had NO problems at ALL taking benzo's (at prescribed doses)
This is a legal CYA and a legitimate caution for opiate naive people.
There have been a few deaths but more than prescribed doses were involved.
I am not doubting anyone, but how can it be Standard Operating Procedure to give Suboxone and Benzos at the same time when the Suboxone literature says, "Benzos must NOT be taken with Suboxone." My Suboxone doctor also tells me that it is very dangerous mixing Suboxone and Benzos. I have friends on Suboxone who have tried to get Benzos from ANOTHER doctor - and as soon as the other doctor knows they're taking Suboxone, the doctor will NOT prescribe the Benzo!
It's not some deadly combo, they may have some small potentiation there but it's not a toxic combination. Benzo's being a CNS depressant, and bupe having some respiratory reduction effects and mostly due to the people abusing the 2, a few people croaked... Now it's just legal BS.
If your MD gives you 20 10 mg Valium and you are taking bupe and feel crummy and eat all your V's you could have a problem. If you dye cuz you were not compliant your MD is screwed even thought it was your "fault"
Being a litigious society.. They will "blame" the MD since you are an Addict so he should have expected you to abuse your meds.
In a controlled environment they give bupe and benzo's all the time.
If you are dependent on bupe the issue is minimized. You are way past the stage of bupe depressing you..
They give Opiates and benzo's all the time too, and their "risk" is much more a risk ....
If you never took opiates and found some sub and took a few Valium with it. THAT's a problem since the bupe would hammer you and the benzo CNS action would potentate the respiratory failure probability, or "possibility" is a better word.
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