My son was addicted for a year to oxycontin, spent four months on methadone, up to 80 mgs. at one point. Dropped his dose to 35 mgs., then at his doctors instruction took his last dose of methadone on Friday. Nothing on Sat. or Sunday. Then doctor gave him 8 mgs of subutex Monday. Bad idea. He was very sick, only feeling some better today, the fourth day. The doctor started him on 4 mgs. morning and night, and then had him to increase the dose to 8 mgs. morning and night yesterday. He is very weak, has no energy, and is still very shaky. Doctor says stick with his dose. I worry its too much.
He should be feeling better by now. Most people feel better the first day. For me it takes 2 days for some reason. But I started at 24mg a day and now am at 16mg like he is. That should be a good dose for him to be on. If hes still feeling ill, I would stick with that dose and wait it out, it should be getting much better. One good thing about Sub, you cant take too much. Once you hit the ceiling, the more you take it wont do anything. Its not like a normal Opiate in that you can keep taking more and get more effects. Look up suboxdoc on youtube and search for ceiling effect. He explains it all.
Listen to the gentleman that posted the first answer He absolutely knows first hand. I am on methadone. Your sons body needs time to adjust to the major change. Since he was not on methadone for a very long period his chance of success on the buprenorphine is extremely good.
I tried subutex first, but because I have chronic pain, which it didn't help, I ended up on methadone. I am not yet stabilized and continue to have withdrawals about 8 hours after my dose.
Back to your dear son. I suggest you visit www.naabt.org, its the national website for buprenorphine. There is an abundance of information available for the both of you. Also there is the suboxone/subutex help line. The number is 877-782-6966, M-F, 9:00am-6:45pm. They are wonderful, you can ask them anything and it is confidential.
I believe and will pray that your son continues to get well. The website will hook him up with an online support system, called Turn to Help" I believe. Good Luck and God Bless.
Your son should get on here, himself. He would benefit greatly from the support and knowing he does not suffer alone. We would love to read his success story when the time comes.
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