i have been perscribed suboxone (8mg) a day since march 2010. i was just cut off by my doctor because i failed urine screens for tch. i am not using opiates or benzo's or anything else. i like smoking so what, but my situation is difficult because my doctor just straight cut me off when she was weening me off with 4mg. i had been taking 8mg everyday for 8 months then tapered down to 4mg for one month and i've only been taking 2-3mg the past month. im trying to ween off but i still had withdrawls (hot/cold sweats, muscle aches, and headaches) i'm wondering why i am expirencing these symtoms shouldn't my body adjust to the 2mg? i really just want to be off suboxone but i really dont know if i'll be able to now since i am not perscribed anymore. im left with 6mg for the next 3 days.
Please get a hold of Patti ASAP. I'm not sure what to say that'll help. Have you tried anything from the "Thomas Recipe" yet? Sorry to hear your doc is still being so anal about your smoking. But there's really not much you can do about that. It sounds as if her minds made up and that's that. Is there a regular MD who'll prescribe you a mild benzo for a few weeks? There's really no telling how long these wd's will last, but I wouldn't think more than a few weeks. Much will depend upon your activity level and how fast your endorphins reboot. Not sure of the technical terms but Patti really knows her stuff. Hang in there, jbomb. Oh, this may sound gross but it does help with anxiety and some aches and pains. Warm up 1/2 to 3/4 cup cream (not milk) and add one tablespoon FRESHLY ground tumeric. Drink it all down in one sitting, don't sip. I have really bad pain all the time and this has helped.
Is there a way to find another doc for the subs? Can you lower the 2mg before you stop? That may be too high a dose to quit. I would think you should have been used to the lower dose by now. But I DID hear it could take several weeks to adjust. It's a difficult med to quit. But it CAN be done. Try to be strong. I'm sure Patti will be able to point you in the right direction.
Best wishes for a happy new year,
You really need to find a new doc that is not so pedantic about the pot thing.
I am not pro pot, yet I am not con pot either.
Find a doc that is understanding, if that is possible. I live in a state that has legalized marijuana for medical purposes, are you in a state that has the same privleges (sp?)? If so, just say it is used for that purpose.
Good luck, and as chris said do The Thomas Recipe if you need to.
WE will be here if you need us, I have personally been through cold turkey WD and know how it feels, so gimme a holler if you need help.
Jbomb, as hard as it is going to be, find another dr. TOMORROW. Go to the suboxone.com webpage and write down ALL the drs, first question u ask, how much is the induction fee, 2nd does dr. x write for subutex, 3rd question, how often must i see dr x. Try to do this tomorrow and go as long as u can on each 2mg piece. i just feel such empathy 4 u, i don't want u to feel bad at X-mas. please send me a pm and let me know what happens. i am so worried about u. U HAVE TO CHANGE DRS, make it happen. patti
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