Hi, I need a unique and specific tapering plan to get off opiate use with suboxone. I have used opiates for close to 7 months now. I desperately want to get off them. I have close to eight 8mg suboxones. I have found that using the smallest dosage possible has worked better than taking half or the whole pill. Recently, I have taken 1/8th of a 8mg Sub once a day in the morning with little to none withdraw symptoms. Is that equal to 1mg? I do know the half life of suboxone is 36 hours so everyday the buepenorphine is compounded. What is a good tapering plan using as little suboxone as possible over a span of time so that when I get off there will be little to none WS/PAWS?? Is it better to continue taking a small dosage till I am out then stop cold or should I start with a high dosage and move down till I have none left? Any advice is appreciated!
Hey there Ed! There are good tapering methods on this site from "robert" and others. Just look around the general discussion board on this site. I'll spare you from all the obvious... should be under doc supervision while on subs... should have a therapist etc etc. That being said LOL... consider skipping days... 1 on 1 off... for abit, then 1 on 2 off. using the smallest dose possible like you are already doing. The longer your taper, the better. Some people have thought they were "out of the woods" only to have some wthds several days down the road. like you said... they have a long half- life. Listen to your body. Also, google the "thomas recipe" its a plan for basically quiting opiates. Best of luck to you!
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