My husband has been on 76mgs of methadone daily for the past 4 1/2 years. 7 a.m. will be 72 hours since his last dose of methadone. Will it be ok to give him a dose of subutex? or should we wait longer? Please help!
Need help with subutex!?
- 5 Feb 2011 by BrittDani
- 9 February 2012
- subutex, opiate dependence, opiate withdrawal, pain, methadone
Added 6 Feb 2011:
He recently lost his job. He had to quit metadone unexpected. Going to the doctor to get switched right now is not an option right now.
Please google COWS. clinical opiate withdrawal symptoms. Have him answer all the questions honestly. If his score is above 26, then tis ok for him to take subutex. I am not an expert on subutex or suboxone, but I saw that no one has answered your Q yet, so I thought I'd throw you a bone.
People are very supportive here, and you will get more answers soon, hang in there!
I will alert a few friends about your situation, and you'll have better answers than mine.
Be very careful not to start him on subutex too soon, as he could go into precipitated withdrawal... not a good thing!!!
I came off methadone many years ago and it was no fun. Are you weaning off slowly or going cold turkey? I don't recommend cold turkey, it can be very painful and debilitating. Take the test that sweetlemon suggested and see what his score is. I was able to get off the methadone without subutex, but the decision is his.
Good luck and let us know how he does,
With the really long half life of methadone you really shouldn't start suboxone till he's really sick. Subutex he should be able to take it now because my understanding is that they give you the subutex before you start the suboxone,but I would check to make sure that it's not an opiate antagonist. If it is then I would wait till he's well into withdrawl before starting it because I made the mistake of taking suboxone before I was into withdrawl from morphine & it put me into withdrawl right away and I mean full blown withdrawl and it totaly imobilized me!!
NO!The methadone dose he is on is TOO HIGH for him to safely and comfortably switch to subutex. A person should be at no higher than 35 mgs of methadone and wait 48 to 72 hours before starting subutex. Your husband really needs to see a suboxone/subutex doctor, don't let him just wing this. He really needs to be properly inducted.
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