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My sister was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in April 2019. The cancer is aggressive and has spread just about every place imaginable. The pain management doctor who happens to be the chief doctor of this huge practice has prescribed 32 mgs of suboxone daily and 3 600 my gabapentin daily. The gabapentin does eleviate some pain but she's still suffering. As a nurse myself I have never heard of suboxone for pain relief. It's predominantly used for management therapy for opiate addiction. Anyone else prescribed this?

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Suboxone for Pain Control?
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Suboxone isn't used for pain control because it has a ceiling dose of 32mg/day.  Above this there is no effect. Also it can cause withdrawals if you are a regular user of opiates such as oxy's, morphine, etc.   I'm suprised a Dr would prescribe this for pain control.  Maybe he meant to give you buprenex which doesn't have naloxone in it.