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Getting off Suboxone

Discussion in 'Detoxing From Buprenorphine/Subutex/Suboxone' started by jillmiller, Mar 4, 2004.

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  1. jillmiller

    jillmiller Guest

    Hi Everyone, I went to the doctor yesterday and he was very angry with me. I took way more sub. than I was supposed to. (A two week supply in 10 days) He basically said that this is my ONE warning and if it happens this time, I might as well find another doctor. I think he shocked me into reality! Boy do I feel like an idiot! Anyway, I've decided to really try to get off of it this time. I have the first week of April off of work. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'd like to plan my detox around my vacation. Will I feel worse the second week or the first week? What do I have to look forward to. Really, what is the best way to ween down? I've been taking on the average 14mgs. a day. I am actually looking forward getting off of this stuff!:D I'm just really scared.
  2. ashley80

    ashley80 Well-Known Member

    How long have you been on the sub?
  3. jillmiller

    jillmiller Active Member

    About 4 1/2 months. I started at 8mg/day and gradually worked my way up. I never expected to get hooked on the stuff. I thought it was supposed to do the opposite.
  4. Bup4pain

    Bup4pain Well-Known Member


    Why did you work your dose UP????

    What would you say to a MD who told you Bupe/Sub was not addictive? LOL. Probably the same thing *I* would.

    To detox you work the dose down... For maintenance some Md's want you on a strong blocking dose. 8-16 mg being the target range for daily dosing.

    Just be glad you have only been on it for 4.5 months. I was on it for just over 2 years. YES, it is addictive I went through w/d just like with any full agonist opiate except it lasted way LONGER!

    A taper helps to minimize the w/d.

    Keep us posted. Good luck!
  5. jillmiller

    jillmiller Active Member

    Hi Bupe, Thanks for responding. Now I'm really confused!!! To answer your question...I worked my way up because I have NO control and I liked the way it made me feel. STUPID, I'm so sick of myself right now! My confusion is: I thought the S was supposed to get you off of opiates and there really wasn't much of a withdrawel from it (suboxone).??? Now you're telling me that it is just as bad as detoxing from opiates and it lasts longer...what the *#@*! Now I'm really scared. I'm starting to taper today. I have given my meds to a friend and that's that! No more screwing around. I will start at 8mgs/day for two weeks and then the doctor will put me on a quicker tapering. Is this going to be as painful as getting of Vicodin/Ultram? I know that everyone is different, but any input will be much appreciated.
  6. Bup4pain

    Bup4pain Well-Known Member


    Don't get all weirded out over this. Just taper slowly and it won't be all that bad. It's mostly fatigue and depression. Yawning sneezing and not as bad as the physical aspect of morphine and the like. Just expect it to not be nothing.

    Take it a day at a time. Stick to a nice easy taper and you will get through it.

    Keep us posted. John
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