Hi everyone, itas day 10 on suboxone and feeling pretty good-Minor bumps along the way, but overall im happy with the progress. I have one of those tough questions... Maybe someone will know the answer. Ok, after taking my chioce of pills (hydro, oxyco) for about 10 yrs, and the amount i was up to for the past few yrs (140-180mg day) im wondering... after 10 days on suboxone (12 mg past 5 days) how much (if any) has my tolerance to the hydrocodone dropped? If i wasnt on the suboxone, would my tolerance still be 45mg after having none at all for these 10 days?
Subs hasn't had enough time to heal the brain enough for your tolerance to drop . You will need more time than this brief time on it, but it is working to heal you. Please don't take this as an accusation or judgment, if you are thinking of trying opiates again, they will be blocked for several days but you could still of if you took opiates while on subs. Not an accusation, just want you to stay healthy and safe.
Yes i did read your last PQ, i did watch the vids and even checked out the other forum site. I understand what your saying, it was more or less a thought and ill know when i step down if its gonna work ok or not. I dont anticipate a problem, but if i do have any i know i can just go back up. I really just wanna be as low as possible while getting the good results i have so far. Thanks
Is your real question "how would my cravings be at this point?" I can tell you a quick synopsis of what I generally suggest with subs for clients.
To begin with, rarely does a person need more than 8mg per day of subs - and the lower a person starts out with, the better. Also, research has shown that the less time a person stays on the subs, the better the results. I would have suggested your starting to taper your dosage certainly by now - at 10 days. (Generally, I find it best to begin tapering at around 1 week.) The tapering process that I use is to reduce the dose by 25% - and stay at that level for 4 full days, to stabilize - and to accommodate the half-life of the med. If the cravings do not return, then another 25% can be reduced after those 4 days. And on it goes until a person gets down to .25 mg. At that point, it's best to begin skipping days. Generally, most folks are finished with the subs by 6 weeks.
I know some folks stay on the subs for months or years on end, but I do not personally recommend that philosophy. Suboxone IS a narcotic, and if we are truly seeking recovery, we want our bodies to heal completely. Our brain chemistry will not begin to learn how to operate "normally" until we are free from all narcotics.
I don't know your doctor's philosophy about when or how to taper, but I would discuss this with him as soon as possible. It'll be a far easier withdrawal process the sooner you do it.
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