Tapering off of Subutex, off a low dose, whats a good plan?
- 12 Dec 2011 by Frogs11
- subutex, tapering
Hi all! I'm new, but have been reading and learning from this site for awhile now. I finally decided to join.
My story to sum it up, I have taken subutex for around 8 months now. At my highest I took 2 mg in morning, and 2 mg at night. Sometimes skipping the night dose. I am now down to around 1/1.5 mg in the morning, and nothing at night and seem just fine. In the past I went off suboxone cold turkey from a small dose like this (but for less months) and it was hardly painful at all. However I recently tried going cold turkey from 2mg subutex and it was not so fun.
First off what is a good taper schedule? Second will jumping off after tapering slowly be as bad as jumping off at two mg's? I have a physical job which is great cause it keeps me active which im sure is great for me while a wean down. I forgot to mention I was forced into suboxone withdrawl last june, it lasted 5 days while camping but was tolerable. By day 6 i was stupid and started taking them again even though I seemed to be only having mental withdrawls. This last time around I felt that my wd's off of 2 mg's was mostly in my head because I was able to calm myself down. Anyways, any suggestions would be very helpful, and I am willing to help anyone else out there with other questions! Thank you!
13 Dec 2011
make sure your question is posted to start a conversation. laurieshay is the one who helped with my taper schedule, the first few times was unsuccessfull, not to mention all the crap that came with the withdrawls, but dont give up, it will get better. im still on my taper, very slow taper i might add off of percocet 10/325. a month ago i was taking 160 mgs per day, in a 4 x daily dose. now im at 130 mgs in 4 x daily dose. soon though, very soon i need to drop a little. the slower the taper the less withdrawls. and very important, write in a medication journal so you can track your success. goodluck
13 Dec 2011
Well hello there Frogs11, I want to welcome you to the site. I am a frog person is why you caught my eye to begin with. I am not going to be able to help you with this taper plan on subutex, but there are plenty of friends on here that can. It is subutex, not suboxone you are on? I see you mention them both in your post, & it's very important to get the right one down to get the right help. As Leanne said the slower the better from all I hear about the withdrawl problems. You should get a lot of help here. It's a wonderful site, & am glad you joined. I have been a member for just about a year, & have learned so much. I am a chrontic pain sufferer, & will unfortuneately be on pain drugs for the rest of my life. This is why I say I can't help you, but an glad you came here to join us just the same. Your experience will help others also, & hope you feel comfortable enough to make comments anytime you wish. We try not to be judgmental either.
If someone fails at their attempts we are here to help them back up again,& give them the encouragment they need, so welcome again...
15 Dec 2011
Thank you for responding Leanne and Mary! I am glad I have some support, and if you guys ever need any I'm here for you guys! See about the slow taper, I was usually at 2mgs and for the last 3 days I dropped to 1 mg (actually a little less) and seemed fine until last night. I woke up agitated and stressed after having what I remember to be horrifying dreams about withdrawals, and for some reason I kept taking little crumbs in my dream and it made me feel like I was upping my tolerance but couldn't stop the withdrawals. I became restless. I had to take a little sliver at 4 a.m. Just to sleep. Then this morning I took 1mg. I'm going to take 1mg tmrw and then with the weekend coming up I will try 0.75mg and try to adjust myself to that. (I don't work weekends so I should be able too) I as of yesterday have figured out my complete plan. In January we get our new set of personal days/sick so I'm going to take a week off.
I also get Monday's off since I work 4/10 hour shifts. I figure if I have at least 8 days I will be good enough to go back to work. And jumping off at .25mgs should be easier than ct at 2mg. I handle wd's pretty easily, but the only problem before was getting the time off. The last time I was forced to withdraw I was in a horrifying setting to most. Ct in 90 degrees, campsite in Mud and under water, around a bunch of drunks and thousands of other idiots. My sleeping bag was soaked and in standing water. I would lay on a fold out chair in the pouring rain at night. If I can do that, I can manage to wd at home :p sorry about the long post but you guys are my only support right now. My friends don't need to know! If your in need of support just contact me, I understand what it's like and have patience. I have a superr effective mind trick to help you with withdrawals As well. If your interested ill explain it, because it's a trick that will allow you to sleep if you do it right! Thanks you guys!
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
I have tried tapering off twice but each time I ended up back on a higher dose. I have been on 24 mgs/day for about one year. I would love to stop ...
4 answers • 4 Dec 2010
Just when I'm supposed to be tapering off 10/325 Norcos, I'm going in the opposite way. This is sort of my first time to "kick the ...
10 answers • 2 Feb 2011
Tapered down to .25 mg, have taken that for a week. Today is the first day that I have skipped a dose, and plan to take tomorrow, and then skip 2 ...
1 answer • 28 Jun 2011
My doctor prescribed for me Subutex 4 mg twice a day one week ago. Having read Robert 325's stickie, I induced myself at 2 mg, and for the past ...
2 answers • 26 Jul 2011
I have been on Subutex for over 5 years at a high dose. I am scheduled to have a high tibial osteotomy in 4 days. My sub doc said I should stop the ...
1 answer • 28 Jan 2012