I am new to drugs.com and I really don't know if i'm using it properly. I have asked this question already but not sure if it was posted the right way. I have been struggling to get off opiates, failed at a self methadone taper and want desperately to end this nightmare. I have 12 suboxone remaining from a relapse about a year ago. Can I detox with this amount? How do I start? Is it possible to just get up to four milligram and then come down daily for a week? I am fairly new to suboxone but I had an incredibly bad experience the last time with it and I feel like my doctor steered me wrong, had me on it to long and than ignored me as I called him begging for answers to how long my suboxone detox would take.At the end of my last time, I had a longer detox than I would have had I just gone cold turkey off dope. It was horrible and im terrified to start this medication without advice from someone thats had a succesful run with it.. please help!
Mary, the reason you are not getting a specific suggested time to use the suboxone is that the time varies from patient to patient. I do know that neither 12 suboxone nor one week is the correct way to go about getting off opiates and off suboxone. The parts of the brain that were damaged by opiate use can not come back that quickly, if you will click on my avatar, I do explain some of what happens while on suboxone in my profile story. I successfully completely the suboxone therapy and give my taper schedule and tips about how to get off in my story. Maybe something in there can clear up your questions.
I know it has been at least a year since you posted this question, however you may still be dealing with your issue with suboxone. If you are still using then you are in the same position I am in, finding it impossible to get off this damn drug, it is a very difficult and dangerous drug to detox from, highly addictive as you well know.
18 pills is not enough to withdraw, however from my research, all people have different tolerance levels to this drug. You need to find a doctor who prescribes it and ask him to monitor your withdrawal program. It could take 8 weeks it could take 8 months to over a year depending on how you tolerate the drug.
I am in the process of finding a doctor now that I have health insurance, can't wait to get off it as I have gained 40 lbs and lack initiative and ambition.
Too all of you thinking this drug is non addictive, please don't believe it, you will be swapping one drug for another and suboxone is very expensive if you do not have insurance and withdrawal symptoms are horrific.
Best of luck to you.
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