... for the last 2 years. Suddenly my insurance decided they were not going to cover my last rx. I have stepped down everyday for the last 5 days but tomorrow my husband and I are going to be out. He was taking 4 a day. What can I do to help relieve some of the w/d symptoms? My pcp told me to go to the ER but I have 2 small children and nobody to help out, not to mention my son is getting ready to start schoo, I am a full time student, and then of course my husband has to work. Any suggestions to help get through this? The dr. I was seeing was giving me xanax to help with the mood swings that Suboxone caused. Then we found out that it could kill me, so last month I kicked xanax and that was a rough detox but I was able to do it at home and have not had any in over a month. Is it going to be as bad as that?
7 Apr 2012
I know this might sound crazy but it trully works better then anthing ive tried to get off suboxone... I tried everything trust me nothing worked besides smoking weed its completly gets rid of your withdraw syptoms when you start feeling your symptoms again smoke more its that easy it's not a thing were you have to do every 30 mins either trust me it helped me and it will help you please dont get offended because i know it works.
8 Apr 2012
I wish you luck but I had to go back on the vicoden because the withdrawls were so bad from the suboxone, The Dr did not recommend it but he wouldn't help me get off of it either. I think because of the money. I have a small child too so the only way was to go back the pain meds, but I am controlling it so far. I do not recommend the Suboxone.
15 Dec 2010
I feel for ya, even if this is an old post. I have struggled with getting off of Suboxone for the past 4 years. I was a heroin addict for 13 years but now I'm a suboxone addict. It's better as far as not having to commit crimes or visit dealers but it's worse because suboxone doesn't last as long as heroin and the withdrawal is ungodly hell. Everytime I've stopped Sub's I'd be relatively ok for a few days (even able to sleep) and on the 3rd night BAM! it would hit me like a ton of bricks... no sleep... intense joint pain... chills... sweats... shits... all of it. I kicked Subs in jail at the beginning of this year. I was on 8mg a day for 2 years straight and went into jail for a b.s. probation violation where of course they don't give u painkillers.
Double whammy-I was also coming off of a 3mg Ativan a day habit for over 3 years..so I went through literal, unmedicated hell for 40 days and 40 nights before it even got a tad bit better. That was the worst experience of my life but I finally was off subs. Then I get out of jail and start up on em again..this time getting them through a street connection. For some reason I crave what they do-it's different from all other opiate narcotics and it gives me a sense of well being. For the past 3 months I've been taking 8mg everyday without fail and last night I couldn't score and won't be able to try again for 2 and a half days... ugh... I got 9 Tylenol 3's to help ease the discomfort but that will only help so much and then they're gone. I know in 60 hours or so my connection will be back on and I'll be scoring again so maybe that will make the next two days easier plus it doesn't get really bad until day 3 so I should be ok. Don't know what I'm trying to say... except that this stuff is no good. I want to get off of it completely and stay off of it but at this point I may have to check into a detox and be weened off to do so. That's probably what I'll end up doing after the New Year. I liked myself when I was off the subs... don't know why in the hell I ever went back. I traded a horrible heroin habit for a horrible legal suboxone habit...
27 Apr 2011
you know what i did?i took a xanax & a 25 mg. serauel.if u weened yourselof down u should be fine wow u wereon alot of saboxone.i didnt realiaze u could withdraw form thm cause i didnt.i also was taking xanax with mine & it was cool.but nthe last time i took it the dr dismissed me cause the drs n the er kept giving me my xanax cause i was having panic attacs from the saboxone.i think u will be ok.u will haveanxiety unless u get xanax or klonipin.yea get u something so u wont haveanxiety... let me know how things went!Oh u know what?i was taking up to three 8 tabs a day... thats not a bad dose.u will be just fine like i said.just get on the xanax.ull be alright!!
1 May 2012
I have been taking Suboxene for over 2 yrs, I have tried to quite cold turkey & I couldnt make past like 3 days. I also have a 31/2 yr old I'm raising by myself. We live with my parents, they work all day and r 65 yrs old. They couldnt deal with my withdrawing and her also. If there was any way that one of you could detox, than the other that would really help. Kicking the Xanax is awsome!!! But the suboxene withdraw is a little worse. Keep telling yourself mind over matter because thats about 1/2 of it anyway for me it is. I just wish there is a way to find the cash to wing yourself a little longer. Like 3 daily for 1 week,2 daily, 1 daily, 1/2 daily weekly than see how you do. I felt like crap because I couldnt function for my child
21 Feb 2011
Secret Age Mom, I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like if my husband had my problem too. Xanax? Really? What is wrong with that doctor? Yes, you could have died from that mix, thank god you didn't. I had to fight for my insurance to pay for me. It's just not right. Like everything, it's a money thing. I believe Sub tx is the best way to go, however, I'm starting to get a little nervous about all of these horror stories about getting off of it. Hope they are not true!!NIK
17 Apr 2011
I hate to tell you that the withdrawal symptoms you are going to experience will probably be worse than the Xanax withdrawals you have recently been through. having kids makes this process even worse. Your situation is a tough one. coming down from 4 mg of suboxone is not as bad as 8 mg though. The first week will be the worst. Its mostly physical aces and pains you will experience along with hot flashes and diarrhea. You also may experience depression and anxiety. Thees mental and physical feelings will be at there worst for a week then you will find yourself feeling better in the second week towards the end of the second week you will start to feel normal again. you may experience some of theese feelings for up to a month or more but not common. there are however a few things to aid your symptoms your doctor may be able to perscribe you some bloodpresure and anxiety meds. I know you said you have no insurance so there is also some natural remedies you can buy at any drug store. A detox tea is helpful look for a tea called every day detox for healthy liver function. Its not a cure all but it will reduce the amount of time it takes to get through the withdraws oh ya and it tastes bad to. you have a challenge ahead of you but you are strong you can make it through this its time to look towards a better future the best of luck to you.
12 Sep 2009
I also agree with Robert325 were the f--are u,alot fans r asking ... me also my doc started me at 3 pills 24mg aday 15 days ago in 4 days i went to 8mgs and 4 days went to 4mgs half a pill now 15 days later starting to miss opiates,i was 275 to 300 mgs of oxycontin aday not worried about money ,i dont believe staying on subx for months or yrs is the answer,should i go to 2mg now ,quarter of a pill aday my doc has me on zanex also to sleep take 1mg almost evernite but dont care about some people say mixing subx and benzos can kill u ,why did my doc prescribe it,,also says i should take zololoft ,never been depressed even in 2 wars,never had major pain just luv to get high... any answers ive already been banned from another site ,dont know why?
6 Feb 2011
I know this post is quite old but just in case someone else comes across it in the near future mind find it helpful. Just like Robert said, 16mg is one heck of a dose. Typically a good starting dose is usually 8mg and 12mg MAX. Too many doctors are giving ridiculous amounts that it just causes the "ceiling effect". There is a tapering program for any and all who finally want to slowly get of the subs. It's located in the "Need To Talk" forum. Everyone should head over there as it's so so so helpful! I'm currently 5 weeks off a 4-5mg sub jump. It was one heck of a roller coaster ride, but I'm great full I made it! With the support, right tapering regime, and a strong will you can kick the orange pill out to the curb! Good Luck!
1 Sep 2009
I agree with all the above posts. Coming off suboxone is one nasty experience and I don't say that to be negative, but realistic. Do not stop at 16 mg a day. I was taking three 4 mg pills a day and I tapered off when I knew I was running out within a week and it was f*ing hell. I would rather go through Vicodin withdrawals then sub withdrawals. Speak to a doctor or scrape up some money to get another rx.
7 Oct 2010
Yep Sub is shi*Ty to come off of. Lasts about 10-14 days on average. I used 4mg. - 8mg. for 3 years. And let me tell you, today is day 12 and Im FINALLY off the couch! Yeeeaaaa! Im so excited and tickled, I even had the energy to do the dishes. BY HAND. ha. and I hadda dishwasher right there. So the worst w/d for me, were no energy, cold/hot flashes, sweating, and stinky sweat, hard to stay asleep. I could get there, just had trouble going back to sleep. Unisom suck, made me feel really weird, heaviness in my head but spinny. But thats only if I woke up on em, and had to go pee. I took 2 unisom + 1- 5mg. melatonin (natural sleep aid) on really bad days. Still wake up about 3 or 5 am. couldnt get back to sleep til like, 8 or 9am. Thank god i am unemployed right now. Now I am taking 2-3 Tylenol PM, and 1 5mg. melatonin. That makes it ok, no grogginess in morning for me. Finally started having the runs, but all green. GREEN poo = GOOD. Those are toxins leaving your body.
Never had bad RLS - but I took potassium for that. All in all, the vitamins were a must, 1 multi vit+ 2000mg. L-Tyrosine, potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Immodium+ Excedrin headach- the caffeine helped me after day 8 or so, Gatorade like its goin outta style. Tried to get some benzos, I found "1", swollowed it before bedtime, and then went to brush my teeth last night, and yacked 6 times. Damn it to hell. *Tip brushing your toungue makes you yack. Fo Sho.
7 Jan 2012
I have been on 16 Mgs of sub for a long 8 years. One day my doc just went Mia. I wanted to stop anyhow so I weaned down to 4 mgs a day till I was out. The first 3 days weren't bad. Day 4 however was nasty. Biting the sheets and hitting the head board. I am currently on day 15 and I feel GREAT. Wds will come in waves getting lighter and lighter. I fully expect to feel some kind of symptoms for maybe a month. The pain you will go through will be well worth it. GO STEELERS
20 Apr 2011
I know what that is like. Took sub 4 1/2yrs ago to get off oxi and perc that was prescribed to me like tick-tack's, than like an idiot went back on perc 10, opana(oxymorphone), valium and soma for the same back injury from a car accident 10yrs ago. Again went on the subs, 8/2 and started at 32mg per day, 2am, 2pm 6mnths ago. DO NOT listen to your DR., don't stay on for more than 6mnths.(most of the prescriber's will keep you on it for way to long and it WILL be that much harder to quit! money maker for them) The key to an easy transition off the subs is to taper for 6 weeks, get down to the smallest dose, .12,1/2 of .25. for about 5day's to a week. F.Y.I .25 will cause you to have a harder withdrawal! Make sure you have a few if w/d gets bad, but shouldn't be.
You will feel a little crappy but that is mostly mental, you will be sensitive to cold (like any after opiate effect) a little sweaty,have the shit's a bit, RLS which I get in my arm's also, and insomnia. All these effect's are not that bad and bare able, immodium tylenol/tylenol pm(will prob give you 5hrs. sleep better than none) will help, also potassium even just a banana will help with the RLS. 8 day's without and I am fine. Day 4 you will feel run down, but try to stay active, sweat it out, literally, will release endorphins and will make you feel better. The fear of getting off is worse than doing it! Try not to listen to all the posts on the net will freak you out, if you try to get down to next to nothing wont be as bad. I have gone into full withdrawal and it suck's, this isn't bad if you do it right, and if you are following a taper don't rush it try a week at a time don't jump from 8 to 2 in a week you will feel it, general rule 37hr half life so it will take your body that long to recognise the lower dose don't drop more than 2mg a week or you will feel every bit of it! Good Luck!
18 Aug 2009
My pharmacy is really nice about letting me get a partial refill on my suboxone. Sometimes I can afford 10, sometimes just 5 and this weekend they let me get only 2. They are really nice and that makes me feel better about asking for a partial fill. Times are tough and they know that. I hope that might help you. I started on only 8 mgs, bumped it up to 16 and am now at 4 mgs with no problem. I am under a doctors care and was going to a program, graduated and am looking for a new group because old group folded. It seems to stay in your system a good while, so, if you have to go down some,I think you will still be very comfortable.
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