... was dependent on approx. 300-350mg oxycodone and Opana ER combined daily. My last night of pain pills was exactly a week ago and started Suboxone the next day. The doc says I should be on it at least 6 months and I talked him down to 2 months telling him I want to get pregnant. Can I taper myself down sooner? I would freak out if I wound up totally dependent on this crap now too. Also.. I began all this after a car accident. I WILL need surgery and I am in pain still - but the amount of pills I was on was INSANE - they stopped working as well and it spiraled out of control. Is anyone else a Dependent without being a full-blown addict? I never used for fun - I do have legitimate injuries and everyday is a struggle. Thanks - hope to hear from someone soon
Hi and welcome to the site. There are MANY people here that started off taking their pain pills AS PRESCRIBED and eventually became drug dependent. It is a VERY common occurrence, unfortunately!
The reason that your doctor wants you to stay on subs for 6 months is to give your brain time to heal. You are still in a fragile state and the chance for relapse is very high. Not only that, but if/when you DO have that additional surgery, you could very well find yourself right back where you are today. Or were, before getting on the subs.
What I DO think you should do, is lower your dose. The doctors that are prescribing subs now apparently have not attended the required course to be licensed to prescribe these or they would know that you would have to be an EXTREME heroin addict to need such a high dose of subs, and even some of them don't need 24mg!
I am not trying to scare you, but I want you to get in touch with Pattishan61 on here. Click on her avatar and read about her taper. That is what you can use to get you down to a reasonable dose of probably 4mg. You want to be on a dose that keeps the cravings and wd's away but not so much that you are over medicating.
Once you stabilize on the smaller dose, you need to also plug into counseling and work on the reasons and learn the tools you will need once you DO finally get off. You have to change your way of thinking and this is going to take time. You have built a habit of how to cope and get through the day and to feed the pain rather than lower it. This takes time.
Again, please check out Pattishan's avatar and get to a more reasonable dose and check out some sort of meetings or counseling.
You will get better, but there is no quick fix. Like the saying goes... we didn't get here overnight, and it will take longer than that to get out.
Best of luck to you,
Hi Katronia - Sounds like you're still in a lot of pain. Is that amount of Subox. actually helping with the pain, at all? Some say that it really does help, and others swear it doesn't. We're all different. I know that I started with 2-8mg tabs per day. I always try to be on the lowest therapeutic dose of ANY med I'm taking, so I dropped down pretty quickly on the Subox. I found I only really needed one of them per day. And, then I slowly decreased from there, down to 1 + 1mg/day. But, the smaller dosage you arrive at, the slower we want to ease ourselves down, I think, in order for the ol' brain to acclimate and heal. I know you say you want to get pregnant, but try to be patient and kind to yourself. You've already got your hands full right now with pain & anxiety, it seems. Try not to rush because in the long run, you'll be happier if you go easy and allow your mind & body a bit of time to heal. I'm not saying to stay on Subox for a long time, if you're not prepared to, but please try not to rush things, for your own sanity, as well as the baby to be! Good luck & Blessings. :) jillian
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