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Suboxone Withdrawal

Suboxone Withdrawal

Suboxone is the drug of choice for helping people beat their addiction to opioid drugs like heroin, but the problem with it is that as an opioid drug itself, it has addictive properties. Heavy opiate users are likely to be prescribed fairly high doses of suboxone at the beginning of their treatments, and will likely have to maintain those high doses for a long while before their doctor begins to wean them off the drug, leaving them clean and chemical free.

While doctors are careful to wean their patients slowly, sometimes even the most conservative schedule of lowered dosage can result in withdrawal symptoms. While the symptoms themselves are rarely life-threatening, they can cause a patient to "boomerang" back into addiction.

Just as suboxone comes with its own set of side-effects, so, too, does suboxone withdrawal. Most people, if they experience such symptoms at all, only experience the minor effects, such as insomnia, muscle aches, sinus issues (clogged or runny sinuses), and sweating. You should speak to your doctor if any of these symptoms occur, but most of the time they're transient; they won't linger.

Some people, however, experience suboxone withdrawal symptoms that are much more severe, incorporating both physical and mental elements. These included more severe versions of the same conditions listed above, with depression and anxiety added to the mix, and it is essential that medical care be sought if you experience such effects.

For many, it's actually the emotional aspect of withdrawal that is the most difficult to endure. One way to alleviate the mental symptoms of withdrawal is to work with a psychologist who specializes in addiction therapy and will work hand-in-hand with your medical doctor to break free first of the physical addiction, and then to the emotional crutch that opiates - even withdrawal-aid opiates like suboxone - provide.

Whether or not you are experience withdrawal symptoms right now, it is essential that you follow your doctor's instructions to the letter. Not only will this allow the doctor to maintain an accurate picture of how your treatment is going, but it will reduce the likelihood of experiencing withdrawal symptoms by halting suboxone use too quickly, or over-dosing and having to re-start the weaning process.

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benny | Aug 1, 2011
 
does anyone know how to taper sabaxone/
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chanou | Aug 14, 2011
 
Yes I have been tapering off suboxone for my patients and they do not experience side effects: the taper uses different modality depending on the patient: the approach has to be mental and physical.

I can get any addict to stop suboxone as long as they are dedicated to make it happen.

I have an office in Waltham and I am going to be starting a TV show on how to get help and how to get better no matter what mental problem/illness you may have. I will be treating people on the show if they wish to be on it. Your face and voice can be masked no one has to know who you are.

Please caontact this email if you wish to either be a private patient or if you wish to come on the show: chantalnou@msn.com
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afreeman081805 | Aug 22, 2011
 
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dick4001 | Sep 9, 2011
 
Can't find a physician to prescribe Buprenorphine instead of the much more expensive Suboxone - any ideas? Do Suboxone doctors get kickbacks form the manufacturer?
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dick4001 | Sep 9, 2011
 
Okay
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kkl100 | Nov 19, 2011
 
Im a 26yr old female and am a x herion/oxy user, and have been useing suboxone for four years now, and my doctor has recently switch me to the film. Im so over taking this medicine and just want to be able to get up in the morning and feel normal agian without taking some kind of med. So im going to try and start lowering my dose. Does anyone have any advice for me about the best way of going about this? Please..
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gina | Dec 18, 2011
 
I am a 45 yr old woman in Yuma Az. I have been taking Suboxone for 2.5 yrs. I started the medication in Illinois where I am from. Started on 3 tabs sublingualy daily. I am now down to 1/2 a tab daily. I can't seem to decrease any more than that. Whenever I try 1/4 tab,after 2nd day I start to feel ill,..dizziness,flu-like symptoms& my eyes don't focus right. suboxone is definitely the reason I am alive today! It has been my "wonder Drug". But I too am having difficulty "kicking" it. I finally got medicaid in Az. & of course it's not a covered drug! In Ill. it "IS" a covered drug,But can't get insurance there. Heard about the assistance program thru the drug mfg.company and am now trying that option.
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aimee73 | Dec 22, 2011
 
Hey all! I've been reading through everyone's experience with suboxone withdrawal and its scaring me to death. After 3 years of taking suboxone, prior to that methadone for 2 or 3 years, prior to that heroin for 8 or 9 years. I'm proud to say I'm down to taking little tiny crumbs of one 8 mg sub that I bought over a week ago. I'm pretty close to being off it altogether but still in lightweight withdrawal but probably wont feel the full hit until my last sub is gone. In a weeks time I did a half a 8mg suboxone. I skipped a couple days and then just been taking literally a little crumb. Im not even sure how much is in my system but my symptoms are chills, going to the potty often and high anxiety. I do take xanax which is helping with the anxiety and phenergan which is helping with the tummy pain so I have help and would advise if you can get those during your withdrawal to do so. They are helping me alot but DONT TAKE THE XANAX more than just a week or so. Very addicting. But very helpful if you just take them to get thru the withdrawal. I also learned about another med that helps called Temazapam..another benzo and very addictive so advise not to take it more than a week or so. But I have about a little less than a half of that same 8 mg pill I been weaning off of for over a week now on just the one pill. And I'm still functioning normal, when i start getting the chills, I just take a little tiny piece and it does help. I'm hoping being on such a low dose will help the withdrawal not be so horrible. I'll keep you posted on that. I do not want to be in withdrawal for christmas :-(
Anyone have any suggestions I may be missing I would love to hear....
Thanks! Happy Holidays to all!
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Guest | Dec 26, 2011
 
Hi, I am a guest as of now but will register. I am writing this for aimee73, i dont know what type access you have to suboxone but if you are interested i have a perfect taper plan that would fit you. With what you say from your past opiate usage you are headed for a disaster the way you are doing this. I only say this from experience, once i register I am going to try to get the user name cmar2cmar.

If you are interested please let me know!
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cmar2cmar | Dec 26, 2011
 
OK, I am registered now as cmar2cmar. Looks like there is more of you guys that need help and no one is offering it here. Gina, kkl100, and aimee73, like I said if you are ready and want off this powerful drug I have a taper plan that has helped thousands become free of suboxone and opiates.
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closetjunkie | Jan 17, 2012
 
I have been on Suboxone on and off for two years and as of tomorrow I am no longer taking this drug! I have started a blog if you want to follow to see how I do and more about withdrawals you can read and ask questions as much as you want! I am at blogger.com and my blog address is closejunkie180.blogspot.com My recovery/ Day 1 is tomorrow January 18, 2012 I am really scared of how I am about to start feeling but I am ready to start feeling normal again I want to live a sober life! I know its going to be really hard but I am ready!!!
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closetjunkie | Jan 19, 2012
 
48 hours since my last dose! Feeling very restless and barely got any sleep last night :(
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Guest | Jan 30, 2012
 
I've now been off subozone for a little over a month now. I quit counting after 33 days but regardless, it can be done. I was on it for over 3 years and tapered down from starting at 16 mg's a day to .25 mg's before I jumped off. I won't lie, the first 3 weeks were pretty bad, but Im a lawyer and couldn't miss work bc I was in court a lot of the time. But, my point is, it canbe done. I still have some bad days but nothing like in the beginning. Just hang in there and know that if I can do it, so can you. Thanks.
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Guest | Feb 3, 2012
 
My experience has been ok.. I jumped off at 3mg and was not I anything for 5 days, days 2-5 sucked royally I barely ate anything, I read online that after 5 days they get milder...... Well.by day 5 I was fed up with constant headache and tummy ache so I took a crumb slept for an hour and actually woke up hungry! I'm on day 6 and so far I'm ok, I honestly believe that I'm thru the worst by now - I was only on subs for about 2 months after on/off heroin for a few years. I pray and go to meetings and keep sober friends now!!
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Guest | Feb 14, 2012
 
Suboxone is a miracle in my point of view. Taking a whole 8mgs I will feel like I'm on top of the world. It gives me energy for the entire day. But I also felt like I could 'abuse' it as well. I now cut an 8mg film into 6 pieces and pop 1 of those every morning. It still gives me power for the whole day.
Now for coming off Suboxone.... My withdrawals are at a minimum. Tired (malaise) is the worst symptom. No diarehia, maybe a slight back-ache for a day or 2, but nothing that will keep me bed-ridden. Its worth the Dr. visit to get these. Just after a while start cutting or breaking 8mgs into small pieces and take a piece a day, than every other day..and so on. You will beat the withdrawals, but you have to earn your mental health back.
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Guest | Mar 1, 2012
 
Subs are the worst drug you can take because the withdrawal is so long. You will be sick for at least 3 weeks or even a month. I will never take subs ever again!
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Guest | Mar 13, 2012
 
I was addicted to Heroin and Methadone (And Crack Too...) for about 13 years. I thought my life was in order and functional for the first 7 or 8 years, but in the end I realized that I was heading down, down, down...

I finally started a serious commitment to a Suboxone program and 5 years later I'm absolutely thrilled to be alive and functional again! I started out with 16 mg per day for 2 years and then took about a year to taper down to 2mg.

That's when it got harder for me. My doctor gave me 2 mg strips and I started cutting them in half for awhile. After that I started cutting them in thirds and then fourths.

Talk about a slow taper... After the suboxone was over, the Doc gave me a script for Ultram. So I was to take:

2x 50mg tablets 4 times per day for 5 days.
2x 50mg tablets 3 times per day for 5 days.
2x 50mg tablets 2 times per day for 5 days.
1x 50mg tablet 2 times per day for 5 days.
1x 50mg tablet 1 time per day for 5 days.

Then I was done! The first 3 days were fine... I actually felt a bit euphoric (in a happy way). Then around the 4th day I started feeling a little sick. I ended up toughing it out, and after another day I began to feel better!

I hope this will help,
Mike
Suboxone Information
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Guest | Mar 31, 2012
 
HELP WITH INTERNAL ITCH IN CHEST & BACK
I have been on Sub's/strips style for 7 weeks now. Started off on 8mg x 3 daily for a total of 24mg. I took 3 a day for approx 1 week. I then went to 16mg for two weeks. 8 mg for 2 weeks. 4mg for 2 weeks. I am now taking 2mg per day. Like most I am cutting the strips myself. I hope to cut to 1 mg for 2 weeks and then try quitting altogether. My doctor did express that it doesn't make much sense to drop below 4mg as I would experience withdrawals in dropping to the 4mg dose and would experience them again for every drop in dosage thereafter. He recommended I just quit after a week or two of 4mg. Go cold turkey and get it over. He doesn't seem to believe that I will experience terrible withdrawal symptoms. After reading a few blogs I thought it would be best to get to a lower dose. I was on opiates for nearly 8 years. Two years prior to detox I was placed on morphine sulphate. A very large dose from what I was told by others in detox - 750mg per day. Along with the opiates I was prescribed 1mg of Xanax and 20mg of Valium. Not having a great deal of knowledge about drug usage I elected to stop all 3 drugs cold turkey. Holy cr#p! I was extremely close to death. I didn't get 1 minutes sleep in 5 days. I had restless legs bouncing all over the bed uncontrollably. I couldn't sit still. Walked/Paced for 5 long days. Nothing helped. I thought that if I could just make it through the first 3-5 days I would be OK. Not the case. I was a mess with no sleep, aching everywhere and becoming delusional. My doctor explained that even after getting over the major hump in detox that I would still carry the effects that I currently felt for weeks and possibly months. So I finally broke down and accepted the SUBOXONE. So am doing everything I can to be 100% clean. Unfortunately I am having a very strange and uncomfortable sensation that is truly driving me mad. I have this internal itch that cannot be scratched. It's in my chest straight through to my back. It's constant and never stops. Can anyone please tell me what might be causing this? I haven't read anything about Suboxone withdrawal causing an internal itch so I'm hoping this post might help.Again I have been off of all opiates and benzo's for nearly 2 months. I did suffer from hypersensitivity(burning & tingling in extremities, blurred vision, stiff muscles & joints, insomnia, etc) in weeks 3-5 or opiod analgesia? I cannot deal with this crazy internal itch going on. Can someone refer me to anyone that might have posted that they were/are having the same sensation or give me a recommendation on what might eliminate this feeling. At present I want to stick a back scratcher down my throat. Any help with getting off of the Suboxone would be appreciated as well. Thank you
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sparks69 | Apr 5, 2012
 
just found out my dr dropped me after two years on subs, three 8mg per day..long story why, bogus shi**..i am trying to decide if i should get another doctor, whichi is no easy thing in my area or try to stop...i could easily go to a pain management dr and get opiates because of severe health probs but dont want to do that...read about rapid detox, but its like nine grand, ouch..anyone got any suggestions? i have 18 doses left, but in the same token ready to be off everything but dont have insurance for detox and make a bit too much for mcd in louisiana...any suggetions?
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Guest | Apr 14, 2012
 
Go to suboxonetalkzone.com if you need help getting off subs or tapering. Its a forum dedicated to soley suboxone. Hope to see you all there!
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Digger | Apr 16, 2012
 
I was on suboxone for over three years. I have now been suboxone free for 66 days. The first two weeks sucked but now I feel great and am drug free for the first time in years. The struggle was worth it. I have my life back.
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Guest | May 13, 2013
 
i,m 59, have a froze shoulder, can,t walk ,in so much back pain , but my Dr.wants to drop me from 2 8mg-2mg a day to one,i am very depressed and feel so trapped, i,m very scared and very human.
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Guest | May 13, 2013
 
,Hello, to the person ,that felt like itching in her stomach, get Requip, Like for Restless leg,s, which ,it can get so bad it,s not just in your leg,s it,s all over you,stomach ,arm,s leg,s . Please I hope you Post this.
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Guest | Jun 4, 2013
 
hey i thought you were only to be taken in the the short term one to three mo ?
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Guest | Jun 4, 2013
 
hello i was under the impression that this treatment is only for short term tx 1-3 mo ?
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Guest | Oct 29, 2013
 
Hello I began on suboxone in April 2013 at 16mg. Now over 6 months later I am down to 4mg a day and would like a taper plan for 45 days to jump off. Can anyone help me make a schedule? Want to be off by Christmas.
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Guest | Oct 29, 2013
 
And yes I am human
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Guest | Jan 6, 2014
 
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