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Cannot stop itching scrotum..need help

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 9:37 pm
by kyle22
Some quick info on me - Male, 22 years old. 5'8'' 150lbs. Prescribed Adderal XR (40mg a day) for 8 years now. 4 years ago I was addicted to oxy cotton for about a 2-3 year period. Started on suboxone at 32mg a day. Slowly tapered, currently im taking 4mg-6mg daily.

I started taking suboxone about 3 years ago. During the first 18 months, I had 3 relapses, with the recent 18 months 100% sober from oxycotton. I have been battling constipation the entire time i've been taking suboxone (quite common), just recently I have started getting it under control.

Anyways my main problem I have is for the past 12 months or so I have been "addicted" to scratching my scrotum. Everytime I start scratching, it ends with my scrotum being raw and bleeding. After work from 3-7pm is when I start to scratch them and continue doing so off and on all through the night. When I wake up in the morning they hurt so bad for about an hour. They start to scab/heal at work, then after work the scratching starts all over again. It has progressively gotten worse, being a daily occurance now. Sex life with my girlfriend has greatly suffered from this.

I have not been tested for any STDs or have not tried any creams because im almost positive its the suboxone causing this. My reason is because about a year ago I ran out of suboxone and did not have any for about 5 days. My scrotum healed 100% and they looked/felt great. When I was able to get my prescription and had a suboxone, the scratching started up again.

My question is does anyone else have this problem? I know I used to scratch when I was using opiates, however it was no where near this bad. Another theory I have is maybe I'm taking too much suboxone (4-6mg a day), because unfortunetly I think im addicted to suboxone now, I have a weird mental fear of quitting so i continue to dose daily. If i run out of suboxone I can usually go a day being fine, but the next day I feel very squierrly, also restless legs at night.

Maybe taking the suboxone and adderal xr is causing this?

Sorry if I rambled on in this post, just have so much on my mind. Need a change in my life.

Thank you for your time.

Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 2:29 pm
by Lillyval
OK since you've had 40 views and no replies....
You know that opiates cause itching, but Suboxone tends to have less of that effect and not more. And if it's to the point of being scabbed and bleeding, I think it's worth having a doctor check it out. It doesn't sound like it's going to go away by itself, and you could have some type of skin infection, even if it's not an STD.
Having been on 32mg, you must know that 4-6mg isn't a very high dose. You say you think you are addicted to it. In fact, you are dependent on it, as you will have some level of withdrawal effect if you stop taking it. It sounds like you are also dependent on Adderal. Whether or not you are addicted, only you can determine that. There is a whole thread on the difference between dependence and addiction. I think it's under the "why the anger" topic. Adderal affects someone who is 14 differently than someone who is 22, so I'm surprised a doc has kept you on it that long. I'm wondering if your Sub doc is OK with it, but I guess I'm getting away from your question.

Call your doctor. And congratulations on 18 months clean.

Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 8:13 am
by jleets
Have you considered showering? Just sayin. :lol:

Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 8:21 am
by hatmaker510
Hi Kyle. I'm sorry you're having such a hard time right now. I agree with Lilly that you need to see a doctor. This isn't a normal side effect of suboxone. I hear that you feel it's caused by the suboxone, but I think it's more important to seek medical help and at the very least rule out other medical issues. If it is some wacky rare side effect of the bupe, they'd still need to rule out other causes first. What you are experiencing isn't normal. Please see a doctor. I hope you get some relief soon.

itching on opiates

Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 9:37 am
by chinagirl
Try taking an antihistamine...benadryl (which will make you sleepy) or even Allegra.
Opiates release histamine which causes itching. When i was using I would always wake up in the middle of the night scratching my arms. Now, on Sub I still do but it's a lot less intense. I would think Sub still release some histamine...

It sounds pretty bad, what you are experiencing and I agree go to Dr. but in the meantime try an antihistamine.

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 11:47 pm
by tearj3rker
Look at your scrotum carefully. If you see little black things, look closer. If they have little eyes and little pincers, then maybe visit your pharmacy and ask for some de-lousing stuff. Hopefully a really hot chick won't be on duty.

Nah seriously, it can't hurt to get an STI check just to cancel things out. But a 'friend told me' that crabs make you itchy all around that area, so I don't know.

The other thing is it could be psychological, and the adderal could be fuelling the obsession a bit. I know when I used to take stimulants that I'd get into obsessive patterns of repetitive behaviour. Usually it was writing music, but for other folks it was crawling on the carpet for 36 hours looking for tiny rocks, and scratching their skin in the same place til they bled.

Sure, adderal aint as strong as this stuff, but it's still an amphetamine.

I've suffered similar things to this (won't go into detail) but it was only when I used heroin. I only got itchy on the suboxone before I stabilised - ie the first few days - and even then it was nowhere near as bad as the heroin.

If you have a pDoc or psychologist maybe have a chat with them as well.

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:51 pm
by psychopiatistic
I know it sounds cavalier, but I'd say 90% likelihood of being OCD. Yeah, the amphetamines could also be fueling the compulsion....

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:31 pm
by slimfinger
Hey Kyle!

You mentioned that your condition has progressively gotten worse. It has been six weeks since your post, and I was wondering if it has gotten even worse?

Re: Cannot stop itching scrotum..need help

Posted: Fri May 08, 2020 8:32 pm
by Sober&Happy
I've had the same issue for years now. Nothing stops it except benedryl cream and that's only temporary! Please tell me you've found a solution to this!!! I can't stand dealing with this and I can't shake the feeling it's the Suboxone causing the problem!

Re: Cannot stop itching scrotum..need help

Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 1:14 pm
by jennjenn
This thread is from 2011 so I doubt the original poster is still around. I had no idea this thread existed and haven’t ever heard of this complaint before especially concerning suboxone as the culprit. I’m not saying it isn’t the culprit because anything is possible but what about suboxone would cause this? I personally think this issue has nothing to do with buprenorphine and think if you stopped taking it then this problem would still happen. That’s just my opinion, maybe suboxdoc or docm2 have an idea.

Re: Cannot stop itching scrotum..need help

Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 3:44 pm
by docm2
Opiates can cause itching. Some more profoundly than others for each person. My father itched horribly with morphine, not at all with hydrocodone.
I have one patient that is experiencing pruritus (itching) but it is generalized. He is taking 400-600 mg of generic Benadryl a day to suppress it. They are not at all interested in trying to get to a lower dose of either buprenorphine or Benadryl.
If it is localized I would seek the opinion of a dermatologist. The scrotum is particularly sensitive to creams/lotions and would want to avoid more potent steroids.
At some point an itch can become habitual and tough to suppress the urges. If medically checks out you may need the assistance of a behaviorist.
Finally, if truly from the Buprenorphine and you've been on it for years have you tried tapering?

Re: Cannot stop itching scrotum..need help

Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 3:47 pm
by docm2

If you look at the bottom of your thread you will find several others of a similar nature.

Re: Cannot stop itching scrotum..need help

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 8:06 am
by jennjenn
I remember the opiate itches but when it happened to me it was random itching and not in any certain place longer than the next itch come along. The nose maybe itched more but nothing that was bothersome because it was a light itch and that was it. I just hadn’t ever heard of it happening...... down there.

Re: Cannot stop itching scrotum..need help

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:01 pm
by Barth03
jennjenn wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 8:06 am
I remember the opiate itches but when it happened to me it was random itching and not in paris airports transfers any certain place longer than the next itch come along. The nose maybe itched more but nothing that was bothersome because it was a light itch and that was it. I just hadn’t ever heard of it happening...... down there.

Hello, I also have this kind of itch, but I think it's normal

Re: Cannot stop itching scrotum..need help

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:10 am
by jennjenn
Bless anyone suffering with this! That sounds HORRIBLE!

Re: Cannot stop itching scrotum..need help

Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:24 pm
by jimmybluez
Hi sorta new here- I had that for about a month and it went away,I’ve only been on Suboxone 3 months. I’m posting this because somebody new might worry. —-It goes away——I can easily see an addictive component to that or any behavior. The mental clarity I have on suboxone is amazing, but Ima old dog and there are side effects so after some anxiety I decided to research and found solutions some still to come. Onward!