i was started on subutex last november had to stay on it for the past 9 months because i was pregnant just gave birth to my son on 12/3/09 now i wanna get off this crap down to 4mgs need help tapering off please
Congrat's on the new arrival. Take your taper slow talk with your doctor, make sure when you "jump" you have people around to help you with your son. Start by decreasing by 1 mg stay at 3mgs for about a week 5-7 days. Decrease to 2.5 mgs for 5-7 days, 2 mgs 5-7 days, 1.5 mgs 5-7 days, 1 mg 5-7 days. You get the point! Try to be at the lowest amount possible and then start to spread out your doses, take about every 36-48 hrs. for 10-15 days, then "jump". No matter how low you go or spread out your dose you will feel some withdrawal. The higher the dose you "jump" from the harder the w/d. As you are decreasing in dose you will feel unhealthy for the first couple days then your body will adapt to the new amount of opiates in your system. If you use this long taper it shouldn't be too bad. This will not be easy, but if you can honestly tell yourself you are done with opiates it can be done. I was on suboxone for 5 years and am clean now. I "jumped" at 8mgs, I don't advise this, I went through acute w/d for 12 days and post acute for another few weeks. The lower you go and the more you spread the doses, the better it will be.
You can cut the 8mgs into four pieces pretty easily, anything past that you need to see if your doctor will switch you over to 2mg pills or you have to break the pieces into smaller pieces and guess. I know this is not a great answer, but when you get to this point you will be doing so well, that success will be around the corner. A razor blade or pill spliter may be in order. As far as the otc's take immodium it is a lifesaver, melatonin 5mgsx3 at night with 50mgs of benadryl. Good luck!! Let me know if I can help.
Keep doing what your doing now the ur on 4 mg do that for about a week or 2 then split that 4 Meg's in half then do that for another week or so. Then if your comfortable with doing that an u can split that an u should be done with in about a month at the most seeing that ur down that low already good luck girl an congratulations on the baby
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