I have a question. I have searched the internet and have discovered different results. On Wed. 6/2/10 I am to switch to Subutex from Methadone. I started taking Methadone wafers for recreational use about 7 mo's ago. I got up to 30 mgs 5-6 days a week and needless to say, became addicted. I stopped for 11 days and on Wed (this week) I had to take 10 mgs. I woke up in a cold sweat on Thursday and increased the dose to 15 mgs and have been on that since. If someone could answer this and know for sure the answer their giving and not be heresay, I would greatly appreciate it. Do I need to be in withdraw on Wed when I switch to Subutex or no? Also, how many hours need to have lapsed since I last took Methadone before the switch. Any help would be appreciated. When I talked to the Dr's offc, they didn't say or I failed to hear it one. I would call the Dr's offc but this is Sunday and this is Memorial Day weekend which means they won't be there on Monday. Please help!!!
Methadone to Subutex?
Are you going to be taking suboxone? Or subtex?
Suboxone usually you have to wait up to 72 hours off methadone to take your first dose of suboxone. In your case however it could be different since you were off 11 days then back on a few so less hours may suffice. Personally I would wait the 72 hours. To be sure they use what is called the COWS sheet which can be found either by searching on this site or even google.
If it is subtex it lacks the drug narcan which means a less of a waiting period from your last use. However I'm not 100 percent sure As I'm not too fam. With subtex As we don't have it here in canada. And If we do doctors don't percribe it.
Your best bet right now would be to get onto the forum and discussion boards on this website and ask intelmetal or Robert_325. Even doing a search of their names and posts you will find tons of valuable information. They have helped many many and many more get off methadone and subs also making the switch I am currently tappering my dose of methadone and going to make the switch to suboxone. I'm going to do exactly what the 2 guys tell Me As I been around a bit and know so many they have helped.
One more thing because the subs are relatively new doctors seem to be over percribing it. If your wanting to be drug free at some point I would also talk to one of the guys about this they will tell you to start with 2Mg wait an hour or 2 or 3 and If you feel sick take 2more and so on till you feel fine. You should be good at 4 maybe even 6 or 8 but it could be less too Lol everyone is different but with subs less is more. There is also a taper plan on the site for subs. Subs are best used in the short term you should start the taper almost right away once you start taking them. If your on them too long the wds can be hell like methadone. Again something you should talk to one of the guys about. They have tons of personal expriance and feedback from helping so many others. Therefore they can give you more accurate information based on your personal experiance and their knowledge. I'm only passing small tib bits from what I can remember reading off this site from their posts and others.
I wish you great luck I can already tell your going to be successful otherwise I wouldn't have taken the time to write all of this!
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