I have been takeing Suboxone for 1yr. next week & it has SAVED MY LIFE!!! I'm takeing two 8mg's a day & my DR is starting 2 want me 2 start cutting down. 2 B honest i'm NOT ready 2 cut down. Is there any1 that has been on Sub's for over a year? I was takeing Oxycodone for 7yrs. & with out Suboxone I would still be stuck.
Dear Jeffrey, welcome to the site. I was on subxone total for 2 1/2 years, spent the last year tapering off slowly, but was fine. There are l9ots who have been on it for years. If you have an addiction therapist, they should be guiding you to help you figure when\if to taper off. It is supposed to be mandatory for the addiction counseling if a person is on suboxone but I have seen that now, almost no one is told to do the therapy. You should have some says so in the decision to come off, and the addiction therapist and the suboxone dr. Welcome to the site. Patti
Hey Jeffery I have only been on Suboxone for 6months and like you it has saved me too. I was on methadone(HUGE mistake) for 10 yrs for my pain pill addiction. If Im not mistaken oxys are similar to methadone(the effects&withdrawls) and my addictionologist told me that it can take up to 2 years for my body to start to feel free of withdrawls because of the amount of opiates I was on and the length of time I was on em. He also said that it will take 5 years until my brain is back to normal(whatever normal is).I would suggest talking to your doc and letting him know that you do not feel stable in your recovery yet and see if he will allow you more time before cutting you back. Some docs just dont realize how freakin scary our situations are at times, cuz if your like me, the last thing you wanna do is go back to using again. Good Luck I hope everything works out for you!
To answer your question, there is no such thing as too long to be on Suboxone. Some people plan to stay on it for life. I am 1 of those people. Right now I've been back on Subutex for about 5 months. But hither to this I was on Subutex for 5 years, and always at the same dose, I might add. Sub doesn't create a tolerance to form to itself, but it does cause it to form to other opiates. So bare that in mind.
When I went on Sub I didn't plan to stay on it for life. But I didn't know it was going to help with my depression and all around crappy feelings I've always suffered from. I even remember that Sub used to give me an early morning energy boost. That isn't happening right now, but it could be because I'm not on it that long yet. I believe that Sub helps me in so many ways that I have no intentions of ever giving it up. And like I said, the only problem I know of is what it does to your resistance to other pain killers. I should also mention that I'm in my late 50's. If you are a very young man perhaps you should consider quitting it at some time sooner rather than later.
I would also be a bit concerned about how much you take. Not that 16 mg a day is going to harm you, but if you were on a smaller dose maybe the doc wouldn't bug you about quitting it. I was taking 5 - 8 mg for the 5 years I was on it. Currently I'm down to 7 - 10 mg a day. I guess I'm a little different from most folks because I don't take the same amount everyday. I'm supposed to be on 12 mg a day. I have the 2 mg tabs. I cut them in half so I have 1 mg pieces. Every morning I put 12 of these 1 mg tabs in a separate bottle. I then take 1 as needed throughout the day. Last week I only took 7 mg on several days. On other days I took 10 mg and 1 day I took 11 mg. I'm using them for pain and depression. So whenever I feel 1 of those things strongly I take 1 mg of Sub. 5 months ago I started at 16 mg a day, and I'm down to 7 - 10 mg doing what I told you. Why don't you try just reducing your dose a little bit? It's also true that most of us Feel better on the lower doses.
If worse comes to worse, look for a new Sub doc. But don't let him bully you into quitting Sub if you feel like you need it. The drug is virtually abuse and addiction proof. Taking too much makes you feel like crap. So the doc has no reason to think you're going to do anything stupid with the pills. Maybe he's stupid.
Initially when I started subs the best information I got from others was to
try and stabilize at a lower dose of subs and not be on the medication for too long. I never took more then 8mg a day (aside from day one when doc inducted me at 16mg) and started tapering down after two weeks pretty quickly. But then i decided that was too fast for me and my doctor had said he wanted be off them in about nine months. He would taper me some each month but towards the end I got on here and reached out for help from others. I was at about 2mg when I started skipping days and ultimately stopped. Make sure your in the counseling and like Patti said talk with therapist and doctor to decide. Good luck.
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