So, I can't get the Suboxone pills anymore, and I have to get the strips now, but I'm getting 8mg strips and I don't take nearly that much at a single time for my dose, I'm taking 2mg or less a day of Suboxone now because I'm tapering myself off. I need to know if I can open up the strip wrapper and cut a piece of the strip and take 1-2mg of the strip without the rest of the strip going bad from being opened. Does the strip dry out and become useless if I don't take it all right away? Can I open the wrapper and put the strip back in and take small pieces of the strip? An 8mg Suboxone pill will usually last me about a week, I need to know if the strip will last being exposed to air without drying out and becoming non effective.
22 Mar 2011
Hi Twiggy - I am totally with you on this one. I am tapering too from the 8/2 filmstrips, and I think I have an honorary pharmacology degree from the information on this site. One strip lasts me up to two weeks. After I cut a tiny piece off, I put the rest of the strip back in the foil envelope and put it back in the box. Just be really careful not to lose those little pieces. If you have pets or small children it could be a big problem. I have been told that such small pieces could not possibly deliver any therapeutic value. Whether it is psychological or not, it works for me. My theory is that since the half-life is so long, any amount you take will accumulate in your system until you stop completely for 17 (I think) days. I fold the strip in half, then half again to get it into four fairly equal folds. Then I make a cut at the middle of a 1/4 fold (in other words, 1/8 of a strip, which is 1 mg buprenorphine/.5 mg naloxone).
I stayed at that amount for a while, and now I cut a 1/8 in half diagonally., or .5 mg buprenorphine. My doctor says I could just stop now, but the doctors don't always know what it feels like to sweat and shake and fly around on your broomstick when someone says something I might take the wrong way; I get a little grumpy. I am going to post a question about withdrawal from Suboxone... I am getting bad muscle cramps like a "Charlie horse" (if anybody knows what that is, they are so painful they will wake you out of a sound sleep) in my hands and feet.
18 Mar 2011
I believe you can cut the strip into smaller pieces and store the remainder back in the wrapper without jeparodizing the integrity of the medication.
But be sure to keep in a cool, dry place away from children.
It is my understanding that the films are "stronger" than the tablets because they get into the blood stream easier. So you may want to take that into consideration.
I am not a soboxone user, as when I was coming off the opiates, I didn't even know about suboxone. That being said, I'm sure you will get some more responses soon.
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