Hi, I recently dropped from 2 mgs to 1.5 mgs. I had not noticed much during my other drops, but this one was painful. I was surprised to feel w/d symptoms at this drop. I have learned from all my reading how it is dropping under 2 mg where the party starts. A very long slow taper. I didn't feel up to it .. going through worse w/d at each drop.. and even though 2 mg sounds like a low dose, there are many many more drops before it is advised to jump. Each drop in dose causes worsening w/d symptoms, and takes longer to stabilize. I didn't feel up to it.. I got very frightened, and freaked out at the thought of it... I know I don't sound encouraging of a Sub taper, but that is just for me... we are all different and what works for one may not for another.
I printed off a lot of material, "a great article by a Doctor who really knows his stuff when it comes to w/d off Suboxone.. He is very adamant that Suboxone should not be used longer than 6 weeks and really advised no more than 4 weeks. The w/d is very very difficult. I gave a copy to my Sub Dr.
i had read on here about someone who got off the Suboxone with short acting opiates. I had thought about doing that before I even read it. I went to my Sub doctor yesterday and asked if she would prescribe this and she agreed. She said she doesn't do this for everyone, but she trusted me, This method has worked for other of her patients. She knew how much I wanted off, and she knows that I don't know any addicts and I don't know where to buy pills on the streets so my risk is way down to continue taking these drugs. I want off all pills.. well all opiate pills.. I hate them.. I had lost 10 years to an addiciton to MScontin, 300 mgs daily for 10 years. I did not think I could get off, and I was afraid to get off as I didn't know what would be left of me as I had felt I had totally lost myself to the morphine. I did get off it, and I had used Suboxone for a year, and jumped at 8 mgs. It was a crazy story of how I got off, but I did and I was clean 5 yrs.. I relapsed 2 1/2 years ago for a year, of taking pills orally, then Sub for a year and half . My GP knows i am an opiate addict and is very careful when it comes to prescribing. Only for surgeries will she prescribe. My Sub Dr. knows I couldn't get any after the detox. I am using 5 mg Hydrocodone for 10 days and then switching to Tylenol #3 for the next 10 days. Tapering with both. I am taking up to 10 5 mg pills the first 2 days, then 10 pills for 2 days, then 9, 8, 7, 6, 5...that is 10 days then Tylenol 3.. It has 30 mgs of codeine. I don't know how much I will need, but it is easier and better to use low dose plain codeine for the last 10 days. easier on the body to stop taking. Today was day 2. I only used 2 oxycodone pills yesterday "bedtime", and today 6 so far.. I will have 2 more at bed time to get a good sleep. I should not need more until morning. I was able to go swimming laps this morning and did some water aerobics... followed by the hot tub and steam room. I am hoping to go daily Exercise is so important when w/ding.
I do have confidence in this. From reading other posts I know a lot of folks are very leary of this technique. I get it.. If I knew anyone who sold pills, or if it was easy to get them I would be somewhat worried.. I don't, so I know once the 20 days is over it's over. Most of the severe Sub w/d symptoms should be done by day 10...there will be lingering ones for a while..
I'll update as I can.....