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    Old 09-03-2013, 08:40 AM   #1
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    One month without Suboxone, night sweats

    Thank you for taking the time. I had a fall in 2006 that left me with chronic pain in my coccyx. Until earlier this year I had been prescribed various opiates to find something that would give relief until my pain specialist suggested I give Suboxone a shot because it's much "cleaner" and different from what I'd tried up until that point. I was able to make due with Suboxone for pain management, but it would continuously give me a feeling of restlessness in my stomach. After having taken 8mg/day for six months, I was able to taper down over a few weeks. I have now been completely without Suboxone, and all opiates, for a month and the pain is manageable. What I'm having trouble with is sleeping. Every night I wake up just drenched in sweat 2-3 times. I've never had night sweats before. I thought it might be a hormonal imbalance from long term opiate use, and requested a testosterone test, but that came back normal. Is anyone else experiencing something like this? Any idea why it's happening, and what I can do about it? I would give anything for some sleep. Thanks for your help!

     
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    Old 09-03-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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    Re: One month without Suboxone, night sweats

    When I forget to take my meds I get the sweats. Sometimes hot flashes, nausea. Common withdrawal symptoms. It'll last a while. It's the dumps, but it'll be over soon!

     
    Old 09-03-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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    Thanks for your response, Robocat. I spoke with my pain specialist today, and she's excited that I'm off the stuff, but tells me this is expected, and might take a couple months until normalcy sets in. I'm 25, and she tells me at my age I'll even out on my own, but she understands the draining effect of night sweats and sleep depravation. I've been prescribed some Clonidine in the meantime, which I'm starting on tonight. Supposedly I'll be rid of the night sweats within 48 hours, and it might help with some of the muscle fatigue (climbing a set of stairs right now is a chore, no strength at all), we shall see. I'm not experiencing any anxiety or depression, but I hear this helps with that as well.

    I will report back on my findings so that this may possibly help someone down the road with a similar question.

     
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    Old 09-05-2013, 09:56 AM   #4
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    The first night on clonidine I already noticed an improvement. While I was still waking up all sweaty is wasn't quite as bad, and the following night was about the same. I started on .1mg at night, then twice daily, and after day 3 I'm bumping it up to .2mg twice daily. I notice I do get somewhat sleepy/foggy about an hour after taking a dose; good for sleep, not so much during the day. I'll report back on how the next days go.

     
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    Re: One month without Suboxone, night sweats

    My doctor explained to me that when we are on long-term opiate use, our brains actually develop receptors for the opiates which causes a physical dependence on them.

    When you go off long-term opiate use, the receptors get cranky which causes the withdrawal symptoms like the night sweats and such. It can take time, like weeks or months, for these receptors to get reabsorbed by our bodies, and until that happens the withdrawal symptoms will continue. Over time, however, they should start to diminish.

    Best wishes and congrats on getting off the opiates!

     
    Old 09-05-2013, 01:12 PM   #6
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    Re: One month without Suboxone, night sweats

    Hi dtone, I have a good friend that took clonidine & it helped the irritability, weakness, leg cramps even the gi symptoms. Its like a miracle that the pain is staying tolerable, im so happy for you to be free of opioids! Have you tried generic benadryl for sleep, diphenhydramine 50 mg knocks me right to sleep all night & theres no useless intake of acetominophen like with the "pm sleep" otc meds!

     
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