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    April is offline Member
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    Default Methadone, how long to come off with suboxone

    Guess I am switching from the methadone forum! We have contacted a suboxone doctor and have an appt to start tomorrow. We meant with this doctor and after reading all the posts here I had many red flags go up. We told the doctor he is taking about 60mg a week and has been for the last two months.
    the doctor we are going to says 3 to 6 months and no more than a year. He did blood tests so we had to wait a week on them and he offered to give him methadone for the week to keep his withdraws down! I said no way but wished I would have asked for something else to get him through the week. (he didn't offer anything else)
    I called 4 other doctors and two of them said they would not let him take sub for more than a month. It was for short term detox only.
    My sons big question is this.
    He has went over a month without taking methadone and felt no better than he did the first day so what good would it do to take sub for a month because he would still be going through the methadone withdraws after the month and the sub detox would be done. Does it work like that? We did not meet with the doctors that said short term and now he is set on going to the long term doctor saying it would be ridiculous to take it for a month and then go back to methadone withdraws.
    Is he right? I have read detoxing from methadone will take 6 months minimum so how can suboxone be used short term and work?

    Thank you for any information you can give us,
    April

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    Another question! If he would do the month detox and say two weeks later (after the month detox) he still is in methadone withdraw can he do another 3 week to a month detox? I know several people have said they did it more than once but I didn't know how close together the detoxes were.
    Thanks again!
    Just saw this posting: Is she saying there are withdraws even with the suboxone even after 11 days? I will try to follow her thread and see what happened.



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    Posted - Jul 29 2005 : 07:23:29 AM haroot
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    11th day - finally the w/d's seem to be settling. Thank Christ! they were so bad - as anyone who's done the methadone detox, stepped off onto subutext, will know...
    the often mentioned 'in the bones', incredible bone-aches & muscles spasms - methadone really does seem to be one of the worst damn thing... & they're still giving it to thousand/miliions(?) - anyway, i wont go on...

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    Hello There,

    I have to say that when I was addicted to methadone, before IV heroin use, the withdrawals from it were so much worse than heroin. Heroin is water soluble, and methadone is fat soluble so it stay in the body longer giving it a longer half life. I don't see why methadone withdrawals would accure after being on suboxone for more than two weeks!! you might still have some fatigue and insomnia, but suboxone will also give you withdrawals if taken off it to suddenly. I feel I need to be prescribed to the suboxone for how bad my heroin use/addiction was. It fights my cravings, and I have already started to think about it and using less and less after only a month and I was shooting at least half a gram or more a day. If he or she is still having cravings I would suggest staying on the suboxone. Methadone is horrible in my opinion, but if there is nothing else to help with the initial withdrawal i would use it rather than going cold turkey. i know in the long run my doctor will gradually taper off my sub dose and then we'll see how I feel. i still have big problems with insomnia and fatigue however. Not sure if any of this helps, but I tried right!
    Thanks for listening/reading!!!

    -andrew

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