A few questions about Sub-lingual Subutex. My understanding (correct me if I am wrong) is that Buprenorphine tends to monopolize receptors, knocking off any other narcotic that inhabits that receptor. If true, can BT meds be used with Subutex? Second question; I heard that Buprenorphine lowers Testosterone to the point of requiring men to also use Testosterone replacement while taking Subutex, is that true?
I was on the buprenorphine patch (Butrans patch) for about two months and just loved it. I would go with this over the tablets. It does hijack the opiate receptors so no other narcotic will bind to them. So if you take BT meds, you are wasting them. That said, I didn't need any BT meds while on this. I stopped due to the side effect of impaired urination, which is not very common. I think all narcotics lower T in men. I'm not aware of this medication dong it to a greater degree but then again I'm not a man. When I was on this patch I remembered what it was like to feel "normal" in the head again. I did have some sleep issues (restless sleep).
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