reading a lot about suboxone and feel that i should try and taper myself off of oxycodone as the withdraw will be shorter. i dont have real pain no more and started from a car accident then went higher and higher as tollerance quickly built and now have w/d if i dont get my usual dose. currently i am in w/d and taking hydro's to ease comfort as it will be a few days till i get my script. now this time i really want to stop this cycle and clean myself off this addiction. anyone did their own wean off of oxy use at my usage and had success? i know the prob of having all the pills on hand and having a strong mind set! i have it as i recently quit smoking and that was a breeze but have ran out of oxy's in the past and its MISSERABLE! cant sleep, running nose, shirts, cant eat, creepers in my back! HELP!
Suboxone will help quell the cravings and stop withdrawal but you will have to be in withdrawal for around 24 hours before you can start suboxone. Long story short, if there is any residual opiate on the brain receptors you will go into really really bad withdrawal called precipitated withdrawal as the two meds will basically cancel each other out. You will have to find a doctor in your area who is licensed to write a prescription for suboxone and you can go to the suboxone.com webpage and use the doctor locator to find one. I suggest you actually call all of them and ask about the induction fee and the office visit fee as they vary from doctor to doctor. I also strongly suggest the supposed "mandatory" counseling for addiction. Not only does it add much needed support but it helps reveal triggers and heals any emotional issues that may have lead to the dependence or trigger a relapse. I never could taper off the lortabs or percs, although I had great intention. Once you have been given your first dose of suboxone, you will be withdrawal free in 20 to 45 minutes and probably won't have cravings for pills either. You can also go to YouTube.com and look up 2 people who have excellent suboxone videos, SuboxDoc and Maple2609. These videos really do have some good info, both people have used suboxone. SuboxDoc is actually a psychiatrist also, but had a pain pill addiction. hope this helps you, you are in My Prayers. Patti
I did not taper, I did a cold turkey WD off of prescribed (160mgs daily) OxyContin. It was hellish indeed. I know exactly how you are feeling! It does get better with time. This I promise.
You might want to google The Thomas Recipe for a list of rx and otc meds you will need while in WD. Also, google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, it will explain in detail what is happening to your brain chemistry when opiate cessation begins. PAWS is the mental part of withdrawal, and it hits after the initial horrors of physical withdrawal. Knowledge is power. If you know what to expect, you will be ready to handle what MAY be about to happen. Not all of us suffer with these symptoms, perhaps you will one of the lucky people that do not suffer too badly. Hope that is the case.
A taper is more comfortable than cold turkey. As I am sure you know already.
I wish you the best of luck, and keep posting, let us know how you are doing!
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