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    Default Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    We were long time Rx opiate users. I began Suboxone on 8/17 and am down to .05 mg comfortably. This is 1/16 of an 8 mg pill. Should I be able to get off in next 3 days somehow?
    Next question. Husband started detox on Sub 9/02 and took his last one 4 (4 mgs) days ago. Still feels chills, fatigue. It appears that he is almost through the worst. Is this correct?
    Any advice appreciated. We both went to different outpatient detox places, and I realize what a racket it is. We know that it's best to get off asap. Will I have a hard time since I've been on for 33 days? I suspect I can do it by cutting down to crumbs, but I'm off work for next 4 days.
    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    Welcome to the board.
    With suboxone having a 37 hour half life, the "worst" of the withdrawals usually hits 3-5 days after the last dose. I don't suppose with the length and amount you were taking it should be that bad, but everyone is different. Just keep it in the moment.
    Do you have a plan for the both of you to stay sober after you start to feeling better?
    Don't be afraid of withdrawal. The sick feeling will pass and then the real work starts: staying sober. For me, the rooms of AA were the last thing I tried and the first thing that worked, but it will only work if you work it.

    1/31/2008

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    Default Re: Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    my wife and I are doing the same, we weaned to 1mg and took our last one sat. feel like crap but i think its for the best. good luck!

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    Default Re: Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    Welcome to ODR Bizimom.

    Hubby should be thru the acute stage for the most part.

    In your sits, just alternate the .5mg for a few days....on and off. Then jump from there.

    You both may benefit by starting some melatonin and or valerain for sleep. Usually one of the most annoying post jump symptoms. But they take a few days/nights to build in your system.

    Congrats on the choice of recovery and getting clean! :)

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    Default Re: Newbie Trying to Wean Off Sub

    Hi! I'm jumping into this thread, cuz i did a post few days ago and got no response. Probably cuz I didnt know what I was doing.
    After clean and sober for 10 years, hubby and I at about the same time were prescribed opiates for pain. He was on Avinza (time released morphine, 60 mgs and percs 10/650) at the end. I was on 6 -30 mg Roxi's per day. Usual misery ensued over the years, anywayI was first to detox (out patient)
    My Detox clinic sent me home to withdraw for 30 hours before putting me on Suboxone. This took place 35 days ago. I found out too late that this was a type of clinic that would keep people on sub for a long time($) and after talking to people in true recovery centers, I realized I needed to get off of it asap.
    Meanwhile, hubby decided to detox too. Didn't take him to my place, cuz my Dr wanted to use Methadone to get him off his meds.
    Took him to a different place where they used a fentanyl patch for two days then Sub. Then, unfortunately his Dr had him taking 4 mg.s four times a day, and this went on for a week. Husband wouldn't listen to me about it being too high a dose, until next Dr visit when he cut him down. Finally hubby started listening and he cut himself down rather quickly and is now off. He is on day 6 of no subs but is still taking 1 mg Clonazapam once daily for sleep.
    Meanwhile, I had cut down to 2 mg of Sub and quit them 48 hours ago.
    That's where I am now. Weak, but feeling free of the Sub after a rough couple days. Took Clonidine and OTC sleep aid.
    My husband is on day 6 and still weak etc. Neither of us have much appetite. Went to one NA meeting last week but were too weak to go last night.
    Need advice and encouragement on how to feel better. We are committed to this but cannot afford in patient facilities. I feel that I will feel better pretty soon, but I'm worried about him
    Thanks,
    Jean

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    Default Re: Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    Hi all, and thanks. I stopped Ct the sub at 1 mg. and that was 50 hours ago. Last night was rough, but I feel freer today. Husband still not great. He jumped off at 2 mgs six days ago. He is still taking 1 mg of Clonazepam for sleep. Could this be holding him back? I see it is a benzo and he was on 10 mg of valium along with his pain meds during active period.

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    Default Re: Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    One last thing, I'm appalled at the experience of two different sub clinics. They were not recovery oriented. I saw patients that had been on Sub or Zanax at both places for two years! I realize these places for a large part are blood sucking money mills that really don't want you to get clean. They just want you to trade addictions.

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    Default Re: Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    Thanks, Jay I am going to buy the Melatonin and Valerian.

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    Default Re: Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    As to hubby....how long was he on Valium B4 switching to the Klonopins? That (benzos) could be a BIG issue.
    You can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking that caused them in the first place.

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    Default Re: Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    He was on Valium 10 mg for years. Should he stop the 1 mg of Clonazapam or is he also possibly going thru benzo WD? It was the deto Dr who prescribed the Clonazapam.

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    Default Re: Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    I replied yesterday, but it didn't show up. Husband was on 10 mg of Valium for sleep for a long time while taking RX pain meds. The detox doc prescribed the 1 mg Clonazepam for sleep. Do you think this has added to the PAWS?
    Today is a little easier. Do you knmow anything about helping to rebuild dopamine levels?

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    Default Re: Husband and I are both weaning from Suboxone

    We are both still not well. Chills, weakness, restless legs at night. Not much appetite, but do eat enough. Started Valerian and Melatonin yesterday, but still need two OTC sleep meds and a Clonazepam to sleep at night. Husband on day 8, I'm on day 4 of no Sub. Is the end in sight?

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