My fiance has been takin 4 suboxins a day for like six months I took him down to 2 of them a day but he's complaining his body aches what can I do to help him
If she wan't to get off of suboxone she needs to tapper herself off slowly, as slow as possible. Goto either 31/2 or 3 for a week and see how she feels, if she feels okay then go down another 1/2mg for a week and so on and so forth, she has built up such a dependancy she needs to take it slow getting it out of her system if she doesn't want to go through withdrawls.
First let me say that it is important that your fiance is ready to be off the Suboxone before trying to taper off this medication. This needs to be discussed with the medical professionals involved. I can share the following website that if you scroll down the article it tells you the appropriate way to taper of Suboxone to avoid most of the withdrawals.
It is best to only reduce 1 to 2 mgs every couple of weeks at the most. Please don't force your fiance if he is not ready to be off the Suboxone. I know you want him clean and I would too but trying to get off the Suboxone too soon will possible lead him to a relapse.
Stacey, many of the doctors who prescribe suboxone really aren't all that great at the addiction part of it, so they are supposed to require mandatory addiction counseling for the subs patients. I see here all the time that that is being ignored or not recommended. Any person who is dependent on any type of pills is going to have the mental attitude, hey if one is good, then 2 are better, and 4 would be better than that. If your fiance is NOT doing the counseling, then they are only treating the physical side of the addiction. So the first thing I am going to suggest is that you urge them to do that. It helps heal the emotional issues that trigger addiction and relapse, and if they don't do it, they are taking a dangerous short cut thru the healing process that won't hold up in the long run. I also and going to recommend that both of you watch the 2 part video on YouTube.com by SuboxDoc, on how suboxone works.
It is easy to understand and will explain alot about suboxone. If people don't do the addiction therapy, then they have no idea how suboxone works to help heal the brain, and what all is going on in the brain. Believe me, I didn't even find that video til I got off suboxone, but i did the addiction counseling, so, I did have an idea of how it worked. Any opiate addict tends to also blow all aches an pains up to an intolerable level, If your fiance is on 16 mgs of suboxone, then it would actually quell true withdrawal for 3 to 5 days after the last dose. In other words, at 16 mgs ( two 8mg tablets) if your fiance ran out, for 3 to 5 days, they would still be ok, but would likely imagine that they were in withdrawal making each symptom out to be way worse than it truly was. Each person takes a different amount of time to heal on subs and with the addiction therapy. The doctor, the patient, and the therapist should all help determine when they should start tapering off, and not the loved ones of the patient. I am not trying to hurt your feelings, I do hope I didn't, if you will watch some of suboxdoc's other videos, it explains why some people need to stay on subs, and why it isn't trading one addiction for another and what to tell family members about suboxone treatment. These vdeos as well as some by a patient called Maple2609, really address some common questions about subs and its use. I hope I didn't hurt your feelings at all, you are a great fiancee, for wanting to help your fiance out. Good Luck, Pattishan
- Suboxone Information for Consumers
- Suboxone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Suboxone (detailed)
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