My doctor says I can stay on Suboxone indefinately and I have been taking them in April for 4 yrs. I started out taking about 16mg per day. Now down to about 1mg per day. But I tried to stop taking them back in October, of last yr and thought it was going to be easy. Then I was taking about 2mg. per day. By the third or fourth day I was crying begging my mom to give me money so I could go to the doctor and get some more. I take them to avoid w/drawl but now I cant stop taking these. I finally went to a new Dr. and he asked me if I tried the subutex, which I have not. Well he let me try them and I took the same amount as I do the Sub and I couldnt even go to work. I couldnt drive right. I had a standard car at the time and it seemed like my balance and stuff was off- couldnt get my feet to work right. I couldnt hold my eyes open either. The doctor told me it was the same thing except the sub had something in it for people who use needles. That is not my case. I was taking pain pills for about 7 yrs. and tried to quit countless numbers of times. the sub. helped me for the last 4 yrs. but they are about $4 more expensive than the Subutex. Any suggestions on how I can stop taking them all together or what I can do to switch to the subutex without feeling so wierd and tired and off balance?
I'm having the exact same problem right now. I've been taking subutex 4 three years 8mgs a day. I felt dizzy and off balance 2 at first but it went away after awile. 5 days ago I tried 2 quit cold turkey thinking id withdraw bad for a week but it be worth it in the end.I diddnt sleep for 4 days last night I had 2 take a lil peice cause I was so sleep deprived I woke up and every mustle in my body hurt I could barley make it out of bed I just took another small one 2 stop the pain. I had 2 call a friend for help who had been through it he told me I have 2 ween myself off really slow over at least a 3 week period maby longer and even when u stop it will still be bad but a lot better than cold turkey. I really wish id never started it but I'm g2 start fresh n try it his way. So I feel ur pain buddy I don't know if that helps at all just wanted you to know ur not alone.
hi doinokonsub,like you i was never a needle or herion user. but i took my share of pills 4 1/2 years on morphine"kadian" when i got to a point that the cure was worse then the pain in my knees.turns out kadian was just not the right med for me. As far as staying on subutex or suboxone my way of thinking is this"I know i need new knees but my doctors keep telling me im too young. i started on 2-suboxone went all the way up to 4 made me sick and dizzy so i stopped and took a 4mg increase and am still there today. my point to all this is you were taking some kind of meds for reasons of your own.if the subutex your taking is too much turn it down. even though both suboxone and subutex contain the same amount of bup maybe its the naloxone that kept it from causing you these different effects. but if either kind of sub keeps you from going back to "using" whatever got you to this point,then consider stopping for right now and take it slower. the only person in your race to be drug free is you, so walk,don't run. the finish line will always be there. hope this helps... subzero58
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