I have no experience with the suboxone (buprenorphine), but I was on Norco 10/325 6-10 a day for the better part of 10 years. It took me a total of two weeks (about 12-14 days) to feel completely back to myself. Sleep is very hard. I also used Ambien for a couple weeks and found that it helped a great deal. Also taking a hot bath a half hour before bedtime followed by an Ambien worked great. Then I only started needing half of the Ambien and then I didn't need it at all. Believe me, although it doesn't feel like it right now, there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel!!! Don't give up! It is way worth it to be pill free. The clarity you will have alone will be worth it. My pulse raced as well and I have hydroxyzine for anxiety, which is a non-addictive medication. It is like Benedryl so it also makes me sleepy at night. I had high blood pressure for a couple weeks, and I still had it at my doc appointment last month. I took Ativan for years also, so be very careful with that drug, as it seems to be more addictive than anything you have mentioned taking. Oh, I am now 77 days clean, and I never ever thought I would go this far. If your blood pressure continues to be high, I'm sure your doctor will be willing to give you something to help lower it, which will also make you feel more relaxed. It scares the crap out of me when my heart races, and I have an anxiety disorder so my mind makes it worse than it really is. You are doing a great job already...keep it up!! Post with updates. This forum is very very helpful...it got me through the worst. Everyone here is very supportive. I'm sure someone with suboxone experience will be along to reply also.
P.S. Sleepy time tea and melatonin also help a great deal for relaxation and sleep at night time. God be with you!!
Hi, I did a search using the magnifying glass icon above to search for suboxone withdrawal. There are about 160 posts. I hope you can find some help.
Hi I only know what I have gleaned from others on here however I will search for information. From what I have seen on here is that it takes a different amount for each person. 30 days sounds about right. Some people keep tapering down to minuscule amounts, like shavings.
I found this description from one person from 2009, I hope it helps
I was on suboxone for 2 years, and today have been off of it for 51 days!
I'll try to answer your questions the best I can.
1) Suboxone withdrawal as you know takes 2-3 days to really kick in. For me, my symptoms peaked at 7 days, and lasted steadily another week. So that puts me at 14 days in. It took a good 30 days before I was really beginning to feel "Better" and it continues to get better and better from that point on. I must say though, my wd's werent pleasant, but totally manageable. I was able to continue doing everything I normally do day to day. Sure I was exhausted, but you can get through it. The worst is the RLS and the sleeplessness. In all fairness though I did not taper, and came off at 3mgs. Much higher than most do.
2)If you take suboxone after you have wd'd from it, it wont make your wd's last any longer than the last time. You will just possibly start from square one again. Your tolerance will be down, so a much much lower dose may hold you. If you are talking about just taking it one day... all it will do is going to give you a reprieve from what you are feeling with the wd's. Once it wears off, you are going to pick up where you left off again. Its really not worth it for the few hours of relief you are going to get.
3) Benzodiazepines will not make the wd process any longer. To be honest, they didnt have much effect on me at all. I took 2 prescribed xanax during my wd for the anxiety at night, and it did zip. Not worth it in IMHO.
Try and keep a good focused mind during your sub detox. Attitude is everything. One of the worst things that we can do is focus on the withdrawals. We need to look past those withdrawals and stay focused on the end result. That is what gets us to where we need to be. Picture yourself standing on a beach, and the sun is setting over the water on the horizon.... The beach can be littered with trash and dead animals.... but if you look past all that and focus on the horizon all you see is the sun. Weird analogy, but you get my drift.
Hi there, it took me 46 days to feel better from suboxone. Day 42 it just started easing up. I jumped off 2mg. But my friend was better in 26 days. He jumped off 1mg. I took gabapentin I probably spelled that wrong. I also took ultrams. If you can find ultrams that works the best. Takes all the wd's away. This storm is gonna blow over soon. Look past u r flesh , that's all one word then add at yahoo if you have need to talk to someone. Your not alone. I'm here for you