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Re: Suboxone...
Mar 29, 2009
So this discussion interests me particularly because I'm tapering off of my last 2 mg currently and am having a horrible go of it. HOWEVER, I consider myself blessed to be released from the hell I was in when I was taking up to 240 mg of methadone/day (before that I was using up to 18 norco (10/325 hydro/acetominophen a day). Granted, I had a serious illness and surgery but that was no excuse for the abuse of those narcotics. That is how I rationalized it. So I started on 12 mg of suboxone a day about 6 months ago and have slowly tapered down to the 1 2mg tablet now. This past month my doctor recommended I try going down to 3/4 of a 2 mg tablet a day (1.5 mg). Even with that simple small reduction I simply could NOT perform at work. I was constantly anxious and tired and just plain out of it. I got warned at work that my performance wasn't usual and was written up. Because I can't afford to take time off to go through this right now, what I plan to do is call my doc tomorrow and tell him I'm just going to have to be maintained on this one whole pill a day until I can maybe go away in the summer and do the dirty deed of going completely off. Even though I'm feeling like a failure, I still believe suboxone can be very good for people with extreme addictions to opiates/even heroin addicts. BUT, be careful! You can still get a little high off of the "normal" feeling the suboxone gives you and may be tempted to take more than prescribed. So proceed with caution because I HAVE experienced mild opiate high effects when taking the sub. That's when you know you are on too high of a dose. So....

all of that said CONGRATS you have come this far and celebrate that you are moving forward to a great recovery. And as a previous poster mentioned... ANY opiate you withdrawal from completely is going to make you feel like you're going to die... it's the noreponephrine being released from your brain. So eventually IF you decide to come off of the suboxone (although many people maintain healthy and productive lives staying on it indefinitely... it just completely depends on what the addict wants for themselves), you will eventually have to bite some more bullets. But for now, enjoy your accomplishments and decision to take your life back. It certainly isn't easy. And for that I give you a virtual pat on the back!

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thanks everyone for your bravery with being so open and honest in sharing. It really does help to know there are others out there like me. :wave:





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