... to use Suboxone to minimize w/drawal symptoms, but I don't want to take it for life. My question is: Can I take it for just a couple of weeks and then just stop without having to taper off? Thanks for any help
You are not supposed to take suboxone right away after methadone, and you are not supposed to switch over to it unless you are down to 30 mgs or less of methadone. I am not sure exactly how long you must wait, or anything else, but i do know that what I just stated is true. No subs before being down to 30 mgs or less and I am pretty sure you still have to go into withdrawal before you take it because if there is any opiate on the brain receptor sites when you take it, you will go into precipitated withdrawal. Do you know about the Thomas recipe, a list of over the counter meds and supplements that help alleviate the various symptoms of withdrawal. Google the Thomas recipe opiate withdrawal and look over Thomas's journal he kept when he made up this list just to see how he fared each day. I am wondering if you might not be better off skipping the subs altogether. Walking or other regular exercise will help heal the brain and help hasten the withdrawal period.
Go to YouTube.com and put in methadone to suboxone, or something close to that to see if anyone has posted a video about switching form methadone to suboxone. I would be shocked if there were none. There may be some personal info there that will help give you more answers.
Directly from my suboxone handbook..you can make the switch but you need to have the prescribing dr determine your dosage. That's alot of methadone to be messing with. You and your dr will decide on how long you need to be on the suboxone. When you do decide its time to come off, you must taper down. You can't just stop, you will get very sick.
Go to www.suboxone.com. You can even get help finding a dr to prescribe it. Whatever you do, don't get sub's off the street and try to play dr. It will f**k you up.
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