I want to get off as soon as I can to avoid suboxone addiction. How long does Methadone withdrawl last? I'm only on day four. Is it possible for me to be off within three months or less?
How long should I be on suboxone to get off Methadone?
- 9 Mar 2011 by linda0982000
- 4 Feb 2013
- suboxone, opiate dependence, opiate withdrawal, methadone, addiction
Added 9 Mar 2011:
Sorry, what I meant was I am only on my fourth day of suboxone. How long should it be before I can taper and discontinue?
Hi Linda:) I do think that suboxone can work if taken for 3 months and I don't think you will have a hard time getting off of it then. Even if you have to take it for 4-6 months you should be ok. I think when a person is on it for over a year is when they run into problems. I was able to ween myself off of it by reducing 1 mg every 3-4 days (I was taking no more than 8 mgs per day at that time). I took 2 2mg pills in the morning and 2 2 mg. pills in the afternoon around 4 or 5. I was on the suboxone for about 9 months at that time. I never knew that by taking it for too long I would have this problem. I just wish I could go back to when I got off of it that time. I went back on it because I couldn't handle what was going on in my life. My Dad got very sick and I needed to help my Mom with my Dad so I thought it would be ok. He passed away this past March 12th and I still haven't been able to mourn him because I kept taking the suboxone and have been in denial.
I was very close to my Dad and what I saw him go through was unbelievable. He was so strong. I will treasures all the wonderful memories we had together and I will never forget him! How are you feeling today and how much suboxone are you taking? Are you taking anything else? Looking forward to hearing from you. TC. Laura :)
My doctor recommends no more than 3 - 6 months on suboxone. He explained to me that the manufacturer of suboxone tells doctor to keep patients on longer than this but it is really a way to just get more money for them. It really is a matter of the brain receptors "healing" and retraining your mind because of the addiction. So part of it is physical and part is mental.
So to specifically answer your question, yes, you can do this is three months. You will have to have a strong constitution, so you don't relapse, but it can be done. The methadone withdrawl itself last upto a couple of weeks from your last dose, but you need to take the suboxone longer to heal the brain.
I recommend counseling along with the suboxone so to address the addiction issues. It is critical to address the issues centered around the addiction.
Hope this helps,
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