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Suboxone Vs. Alcohol

Last night a friend of mine 26 years old was rushed to the ER because he went to a  family party and as a recovering heroin addict thought it wouldnt matter if he had a few drinks. He takes suboxone and has been on it long term but still under a year... he hasnt had the confidence to get off of it. He tried to drink only a couple but from others at the party they told me he drank about 6 beers. The alcohol in combination with the suboxone caused some type interaction where he lossed consciousness and collapsed. He lived and is fine today in the hospital they said in under no circumstance should he drink while on suboxone. This was his first time he ever did and I honestly had no idea that the two drugs could interact this dangerously. Below i pasted a little excerpt from a website about the interaction.

Suboxone (Buprenorphine) is a relatively safe opiate type medication, and the risks of a fatal overdose are lower than for other opiates. Buprenorphine is dangerous when taken with sedative hypnotics, such as alcohol. Combining alcohol and Suboxone is dangerous, and potentially lethal. 

So my question I guess  is do those on suboxone know the dangers of alcohol interaction? Even though if they are an addict they should abstain from all mind altering substances in my opinon. But does this make Drug Replacement Therapy a little bit more dangerous of a type of therapy?

I do not know im just a good ole alcoholic, but im glad my friend is ok, although we are only friends through NA/AA it goes to show how powerful addiction is.

Posted: 12/08/2010 3:10 PM

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Wow...I'm glad your friend in okay....last Christmas I went to my cousins house for a family Christmas get together...they made margaritas (no one in my family other than my parents knows about my addiction)...offered me one and I drank it ( I was on methadone) after I drank it I really didn't feel well at all and I thought that it probably had something to do with mixing the two together....good information...thanks findin

Posted: 12/08/2010 3:56 PM

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I know that had to be scary not just for your friend, but everyone else as well. I'm glad he's ok. Hopefully it can be marked up as a lesson learned.

Posted: 12/08/2010 5:28 PM

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Just goes to show how dangerous drug replacement therapy really is.

Just to name a couple of famous people who died from mixing alcohol and those types of drugs, the actor Heath Ledger and Jimmy Sullivan of the rock and roll band Avenged Sevenfold both died that way. Hundreds of people in this country die every month as a result of this.

Glad somebody was around to get your friend to the hospital in time.

He needs to quit telling people that he's in recovery from addiction if he's drinknig alcohol though. Alcohol is a drug.

Posted: 12/11/2010 1:05 AM

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Yeah he wasnt drinking at all i do not know why his family thought it was ok to let him drink or why he did all of a sudden,  it was his first drink in 8 months(what he told me) he was clean, but obviously slipped he knows now how dangerous it is now,

I agree though if he was around different people he may not have gotten to help

Posted: 12/11/2010 2:54 AM

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