Today is the big day. The day that he will stop using drugs. You know why? Because we are going to a doctor’s appointment today. And, at this appointment, what will hopefully happen is that the doctor will be nice, and will be sympathetic. And he/she will prescribe my husband the damn anti-opioid abuse medication that he needs. The following is a list of just a few anti-abuse medications that can be prescribed:
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
- Naloxone (Narcan)- typically used in an overdose situation.
- Buprenorphine (Subutex)
- Baclofen (Lioresal)- muscle relaxer. off label use for tx of addiction.
- Gabapentin (Neurontin)- anticonvulsant. off label use for tx of addiciton.
- Methadone (Dolophine, Methadose)- an opioid that helps with cravings but does not give the high.
- Buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)- Buprenorphine is an opioid and naloxone helps to inactivate the high. So this combination together helps with the cravings without giving the high.
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)- generally used for alcohol addiction.
- Acamprosate (Campral)- helps with alochol addiciton.
- Topiramate (Topamax)- anticonvulsant. off label use for tx of addiction.
- Methocarbamol (Robaxin)- muscle relaxant. off label use for tx of addiciton.
- Clonidine (Catapres)- blood pressure medication. off label use for tx of addiction.
- Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)- antipsychotic- off label use for tx of addiction.
- Chlordiazepoxide- anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication)- off label use for tx of addiction.
My question now becomes, if we have so many drugs available to help a person beat their addiction, why is it
- so hard to get a prescription for any of these medications?
- that many people do not know what is available to help them?
- that so few doctors even know there is such a big list to choose from?
- that a lot of insurance plans do not cover these medications for drug addiction?
That is all. That is my rant for the day. As always, I will keep you all updated.