I have my last script for suboxones... And I am having a hard time finding a new dr. So I am thinking I should cut down my dose to. 2 ( quarter) how long should I cut down for so I dont have to with drawl, I could do every other day than what???
18 Aug 2010
For most people who are on suboxone ( not counting someone who has just gotten on it i.e inducted) you can safely and comfortably reduce your dose without much problem. The method that worked for me was to reduce it by 2 milligrams every 4 weeks. Others have used different methods, Robert_325 has a really quick way to taper. You can ask him for it. Subs stays on your receptor sites for 3 to 5 days so should you feel that you are withdrawing ( and I can almost promise you you won't) you can always take a small 2 mg piece to get you comfortable.Recently I tapered again and took 2 mg in am, 2 in afternoon and then after 4 weeks, discontinued the afternoon dose. Then split the 2 mg ( I have been on the smaller 2 mg pills for awhile) into equal pieces and tried it again. I have been totally comfortable, no signs of withdrawal.
When I tried to go from 1 mg daily to .5, I sometimes woke up in the early morning with a slight amount of restlessness, took a very small piece and got back to sleep. MPVT mentioned walking to release endorphins and reboot the neurotransmitters, and it worked and I am now at .5 mgs per day. He also said that opiate users tend to think each ache and pain is withdrawal and it usually isn't. He is right. Google the COWS sheet and take that test if you truly think you are in withdrawal. COWS stands for Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale and the doctor is supposed to give you that test before your induction. It lists the various symptoms of withdrawal and lets you rate your symptoms from 0 to 4. Best of Luck to you, I hope you stay as comfortable as I did. My counselor said the brain needs 4 weeks at the lower dose to acclimate so that is why I used a 4 week schedule. Like I said, Robert_325 has a quicker taper and he works with suboxone patients.
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