I am currently taking 2mgs of suboxone a day. I have been taking it for 16 months and have weened myself from 8mgs to 2 within that period. I need help as to get off completely, any help will be appreciated! Thanks
28 Jun 2012
You can reduce to one mg for 2 - 4 weeks, then reduce to 1/2 mg for 2 weeks, then go to 1/2 mg every other day for several weeks then stop. Your body will let you know when it is time to reduce at each step down. There is a member, pattishan61, who has a good taper schedule on her profile. I recommend it as she was able to quit without withdrawals. You can find her profile by searching her from your "friend's" page.
29 Jun 2012
Dear Curiousand worried, please trust me on something, that the FEAR of tapering makes you have symptoms and makes them pretty intense. If you FEAR something, you become anxious and that is hard to get under control. Slow the taper down and walk for exercise if you are physically able. Walking produces endorphins, and those make you feel better mentally and physically, it sends a reboot signal to the crashed system in the brain and it helps you stabilize on a lower dose. If you are disabled, do NOT do the exercise but do ask your dr if there is some exercise you can do. I can't stress how much the walking helps. I sm NOT s health nut either. I smoke and live in the extreme south, along the gulf coast. I sweated like crazy nd had to make myself do it, but that is one of the cheat codes for getting off subs easier. It works. And if you read my profile story on my page, it gives some other tips I used. Good luck, patti
30 Jun 2012
Hi Curious, I'm doing the same thing. I'm not as far along as you but on my way. Pattishan61's story is on here and it seems like a great plan and it's working for me. I'm at 5mg right now and have been for about 2 weeks. That's down from 8. I few days I took 6 instead because I listened to my head instead of my body. I'll be droping to 4 on 7-9-12, then to 3 about 3 weeks later then down to 2mg a month or so after that. As pattishan says, "Your body will tell you when you can drop. If I was you I'd drop to 1.5 mg. I don't know if you split the 2mg now or all in a dose. Maybe take 1mg in morning and .5 at night. After a few weeks maybe try to skip the .5mg every other day then completely to where your at 1 mg. Stay there about 3 weeks or so then go to .5. Stay there for a few weeks, and start skipping a day just like pattishan did until you can completely jump off.
When I read her story and her meathod it just made so much sense to me. I just know like anything you really have to WANT to do it. I was really terrifed about the whole thing, withdrawl and all. I was sure that I'd be a mess when I dropped to 5mg! I haven't felt a thing!! My plan is all mapped out and if I take my time and do it slowly I'll be getting off it totally just after thanksgiving. It may sound far away now or I'm dragging it out to long, but if I'm comfortable with it, my head is comfortable with it then it's a great plan! For me. If you want to get off, really want to then I know you van do this!! There's so many nice people here that will help with advice, encouagement that it makes it easier to deal with. I say get a plan and map it out. Be down to 1mg by 7-30-12 and to .5mg by 8-30-12 and so on. Good luck curious and I know you can get off and do this!
25 Jul 2012
curiousandworried - I'm on day 23 coming off 2mg after being on suboxone for approx 8 yrs. Here's my plan but I'm not sure the difference in detox between 8 yrs to 8 months on subx: (a) listen to your subx doctor, (b) don't work for the first week and second week if you can get away with it. (c) accept the fact you will sleep poorly, (d) exercise, hydrate, read books, (e) stay positive.
Back to (a) listen to your doc - I had/have help with valium and ambien for sleep. He also prescribed tramanul in the 2nd week. Good luck and stay positive
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