... 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?
13 Aug 2009
I'm sorry about your predicament. I'm on suboxone as well and it's sooo expensive and I am going to start weaning off of it bec. I can't afford it either. Thankfully, my parents help me with it some - I'm 29 and have a one yea old:)
Anyways, I would first see if there is someone who can loan you a hundred dollars so you can take it slower.
If there is nobody at all how many mg are you on? Don't read about withdrwal online because it just fills your mind with fear and it will be worse.. I don't know whole, whole lot about withdrawal from this bec. I haven't started it yet, but I did withdrawal of Vicodin. So if you can borrow, or just ask for money to help you wean slower do that - pray ask God for His help as He knows what you need. If you need to go to the ER let your husband stay home with your children and you go - and then he can go if he needs to. Hope this helps some.
13 Aug 2009
I work with people daily using suboxone. If you guys stop abruptly at 16mg per day you'll be lucky if you don't end up in a psych ward in some hospital. Taking 16mg for so long is insane to begin with but you guys are facing literal hell.
Click on my screen name and email me. Tell me who you are when you send the email. You guys need some major help and stopping cold turkey isn't going to cut it. I promise you that I know what I'm talking about.
Go to the drugs.com forum. Ask around about me. I can help you. You're in my prayers. God bless.
13 Aug 2009
I was wondering if suboxone was addicting and are the withdraws really bad. I have heard people say, there were taking suboxone to quit vicodine, but why quit one pill to take another addicting pill. What are the withdraws from suboxone? And is it worth taking the suboxone to get off of the vicodin, I'm also addicted to vics.
13 Aug 2009
I agree with Robert he gave me some GREAT advice with subs I tried stopping at 2 mg a day and it was hell, so I'm back one tapering down to .25 I hope. If u can find a way or it's going to be real rough! I was having a real tough time with stopping at 2mg so I can't even begin to guess what stopping at a high of mg as u are at. Best of luck with everything!!! Thanks for the reply to my question again Robet your input saved me from more sleepless and painful nights!!
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.
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.
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?
28 Feb 2010
WoW! It is so hard when you have kids! The guilt ate me up. If you have enough tabs to break into 4 seperate pieces, cut yourself back and decrease your dose every few days as much as you can. I am not sure but call your insurance co. and let them know that you will need to check into a treatment/detox, would they rather pay for that or your suboxone. That is the very reason insurance co. started to pay for sub. because they did not want to pay the bill for treatment Good Luck. ... you can do this!!! Take care of those babies!!!
28 Apr 2010
I have gone through withdrawls alot of times. I lost my leg in a car accident and have been on all the pain killers and now i'm on suboxone. I found that neurontin or lyrica will help take the edge off the withdrawls. It may make you a little tierd but will help the sick feeling and with the bad pain. Your doctor may say different but if I had one or the other the withdrawls were not half as bad. Good luck hope it works.
16 Aug 2010
listen the best advice i can give you is too stay strong and get some xanax it help the anxziety attacks. ive been off for 40 days now it was the best decision of my life. i was tacking .25 of a 8mg twice a day. the first week is the hardest but you got to make youre self go to work. once you get through week three you are home free. oh and by the way get some weed i could not have done it with out the weed
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.
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...
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!
- Suboxone Information for Consumers
- Suboxone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Suboxone (detailed)
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
how long do you have to wait to switch from the subutex to the suboxone?? I just don't want to feel like sh*t coming off of the methadone after ...
6 answers • 25 Jan 2010
My doctor told me if I get pregnant, I will automatically be kicked out of the Suboxone program I have been in since last October. It's been ...
1 answer • 16 Sep 2011
I was addicted to hydrocodone and have been taking suboxone for over a year. I take a tenth of a 8mg pill a day and want to get off completely.
1 answer • 9 Nov 2011