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- September 1, 2013 at 4:56 am#30865AnonymousInactive
I’v been on Suboxone for 6 months and have not used heroin, drank alcohol or done any other drugs since the day of my induction. I started off taking 16 Mgs/day and after a week and a half or so – It was increased to 24 Mgs/day. I melt one 8Mg tablet 3 times a day. It has been working perfectly. Since the increase, there haven’t been any craving – well….a few, but they are VERY mild. Next month I am going to be cutting out 4 Mgs/day and start tapering. So…next month at this time I will be dosing twice a day and taking 10 Mgs each time…..instead of the 8 Mgs 3 times/day.
My doctor said it will be a long taper for me because she doesn’t want to rush it. I have been trying to get clean for over 25 year, (with some success here and there). These 6 months have been the longest amount of time I have gone, in at least 8 years. Does anyone have experience with Suboxone tapers??? I do know that everyone acts and reacts differently – but I am interested in hearing what others have experienced with this.
LabRatSeptember 18, 2013 at 4:53 am#158734AnonymousInactive
Wow, I am really suprised to hear that you have been using suboxone for 6 MONTHS! The only people I have known to use it, used it for 7 days and kicked entirely….these were addicts who had large habits for 2+ years……September 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm#158732AnonymousInactive
8mg three times a day is a huge amount of suboxone. Remember this stuff stays in your system for 36-48 hours!! So it sounds like they loaded you down with a really huge amount and are now dragging it out for months and months. OK… remember that they make more money the more they drag it out, but then again maybe this is also what’s best for you. It’s hard not to be cynical.
My experience has been this: started on 16mg/daily quickly down to 4mg/daily, I think I’ve fully moved into 2mg/daily, and next I am going to break some pills in half (1mg slivers) and try 1 mg/day, then 1/mg every other day, then I guess it’s time to say goodbye.
Have you ever tried quitting suboxone completely–even take one day off? I am so tempted to do that myself, just to learn if it’s bad or no big deal. But I figure I might as well just follow the doctor’s instructions since everything is working so well for me so far. I get the feeling that if I just quit I would not go through withdrawals, but who knows, maybe I am just naive. This is the first time for me on this stuff.September 19, 2013 at 2:37 am#158731AnonymousInactive
Thats seems like a real lot to me also, to most im sure. I started with 16mg a day for about a week 1/2 then 14mg for about a week, now I take 8 or 12mg a day and I dont know how long I will be on this, seems like the doc wants me to take 8mg for a lil while, ill find out 2morrow. Ill PM you a site that has a Doc run it maybe you can see what she has to say.September 19, 2013 at 7:00 am#158733AnonymousInactive
It is a large dose of suboxone, but that means a large habit. I have been taking suboxone for almost 9 months and an also slowly weaning off as directed by my doctor. This is the longest I have been sober as well. I started at 32 mg and went down by 4 also. I am at 16 mg and am about to go to 12 mg. It has taken me a long time to get this sobriety. After 10 years shooting dope and trying to get sober every other way this has finally worked for me. Well, along with meetings. In my opinion suboxone is amazing and saved my life.September 21, 2013 at 2:46 am#158735AnonymousInactive
I wanted to weigh in and say that 3 8mg suboxones a day may be a lot for you but not for everyone. It depends on your addiction, how much you used and what you need to feel comfortable in your own skin.
What I am surprised about is the fact that after 6 months you have decided to come off of the suboxone; especially since you said this is the longest you have gone. Is their a reason in particular that you do not want to continue?
If you doctor has asked you to dose down and you aren’t comfortable, you can certainly find a doctor that doesn’t insist on taking you off of it.
I have been on suboxone for one and a half years (3 per day) and do not want to come off… I know me. I will relapse if I don’t have it.
I was on suboxone (2mg per day) for 7 months and got off of it without issue. 6 months later I found a way to get high again and before you know it… I was using heavily again.
Just be careful what your asking for… I would hate to see you go through the pain of withdrawal only to be back on it months from now… you will know when you are ready!
Hey! Congrats for staying clean and I hope your hard work continues to pay off!
T.March 3, 2015 at 4:03 am#158737AnonymousInactive
Hey Lab rat, I took suboxone for 2 days, after 10 yrs of opiate addiction. It helped me, and I had no withdrawal symptoms at all. I just really wanted to be done with all substances. Sounds to me like you want to stop using the suboxone. Follow your drs. orders for your dr. knows what is best for you. I had very mild anxiety when I stopped the suboxone, but I was going through other things as well, so I’m not sure if it was the lack of suboxone or the other situations that caused the anxiety. Good luck to you. Sounds like your doing well and on the right track. You have to do the work. Don’t expect the suboxone to do it for you. Lots of good luck…AngelMarch 3, 2015 at 3:35 pm#158738AnonymousInactive
hey I was on 140 mg methadone… tapered to 4mg and stopped after 100hrs of wd couldnt take it anymore. took 2mg suboxone which I supplied myself with from the street. It worked well and went up to 2mg morn 2mg night. That was about 1 yr ago. I recently tapered down to .5mg a day and quit. my last dose was friday evening. Its not that bad I doubbted people when theyd say most of it was in yur head but I think its true. The first stages of hot flashes went away. And I only felt mild restless legs last night. I was conforting myself with 2mg lorazepam as needed nyquil and tylenol. Worked pretty well My only discomfort right now is diahhrea. Can someone tell me how long this lasts. Im heading to the store for some ammodium ad today anyway I hope this was helpful. It has really been pretty smooth going but who knows things can make a turn for the worseMarch 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm#158736AnonymousInactive
@life 2133316 wrote:
Worked pretty well My only discomfort right now is diahhrea. Can someone tell me how long this lasts.
One of the things that helped me with that was eating a lot of calories with stuff like bananas, granola bars, dry cereal, rice or brown rice, AND taking the immodium. Immodium is an opiate as well so it helps.
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