Ive only been on suboxone for about 4 days now, for a long time addiction to Hydrocodone. On average i was taking about 45mg three to four times a day so... (140-180mg daily). The doc wants me to take 16mg of subx a day, and ive found that seems to feel to strong to me, so ive lowered down to 12mg a day. Im having good results as far as no cravings, and i know i might be jumping the gun but i cant get any answers out of my doc so here it is... How long is the typical person on suboxone before they start to lower their dosage to begin the taper?? The impression im getting from my doc is that i shouldnt be worried bout that, but its just a question and i feel he should be answering all of them as this is my first time in the 10 yrs of abuse that ive had any kind of treatment. Hes not interested in anything but sticking to the script on the teleprompter it seems like. Not helping me at all. If theres an average answer to this question id love to know, how long at a steady dose before the taper regiment starts.And also is a 16 week suboxone program unheard of, or is that reasonable? My doc leads me to believe i need to be on Subx for a long time, and i dont want that. Thanks everyone, Brian
I can only share what my psychiatrist, an addiction's specialist, has to say about the amount of time to be on Suboxone. He believes that 3 to 6 months is an adequate amount of time for the brain to heal and the cravings to be under control. He believes that the manufacturer saying that people should be on it longer is just a way for them to make money. I know there will be others who disagree with me.
I must suggest you seek addiction's counseling along with the drug therapy. You need to learn tools for combating the temptation to use that inevitably will come down the road. Counseling is suppose to be part of the Suboxone program. You can discuss this with your doctor as he/she should be able to recommend a good counselor or share with you where you could find Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Good luck and keep in touch,
Boy doctors don't want to tell you anything because they will be held accountable. I was on suboxone for three months and within three weeks i started tappering down. i was on 32mg so it took three months to get off, but that is my experience each is different, but that is what i can give you, each of are an individual with individual metabolism and so on and so forth. But good call on lowering your dose, listen to your body, it's the best doctor out there, it will tell you what's wrong, when you can handle more or less. Good luck and keep us posted.
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