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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:09 pm 
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so whenever i take my 2mg suboxone film dose, after letting it dissolve for 30 minutes i drink water so i can swallow... is this bad? i mean, does it take anything away from absorption? i just can't swallow without having some liquid to kind of clear my mouth out... advice please!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:16 pm 
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The prescribing information states that it make take anywhere from 10-15 minutes for the film to dissolve completely. It is also recommended that you follow these steps when taking your Suboxone to achieve maximum absorption:

1- drink a glass of water before taking the medication - this aids in drug transfer
2- place the strip on either the left or right underside of the tongue making sure it doesn't fold over on to itself (this will decrease absorption)
3- do not smoke, eat or talk during this time

Even after allowing 30 minutes for complete dissolution I've also tasted the lemon-lime residue and, personally, think it only normal that a very small amount may still be in my mouth but that the vast majority has been delivered into the bloodstream.

As always I'd recommend discussing the issue with your prescribing physician.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:33 pm 
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should i continue to drink water to clear my mouth out or swallow without any liquid?


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I have been told by my doctor, and read here several times that it is best to allow at least 10-15 minutes after the sub is dissolved and you have swallowed the remaining "subliva" before eating or drinking anything.

So, I would recommend not using the water for at least 45 minutes from the time you place the sub strip in your mouth. That's just a guess. If you can manage to wait a few more minutes it might help your absorption a bit.

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when i went to detox, they said to let it dissolve and wait another five or ten minutes before eating or drinking.

i actually had an experience where i took my film and then felt compelled to eat and drink no more than maybe seven minutes later. weirdly enough, i felt like it hit like a ton of bricks.

there are a million factors involved here, i think, and my guess is that over-engineering isn't necessary. some times you will get more effect, other times less.

i will say that i'm a little concerned about some of the talk i've seen in other posts about the rituals people seem to have built up around their suboxone/subutex (not that i don't have my own. indeed, i take it at the same point every day: when i walk out the door for the Metro). i feel like that's keeping a foot in the world we're trying to leave with the help of this substance.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:16 am 
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You're absolutely right Washingtonian.

I have thought about that myself. I'm on a small dose, and I am almost anal about making sure I get the most absorption possible with what I take. I can't speak for everyone, but for me I think it is definitely a case of old habits die hard.

Welcome to the forum. I look forward to seeing more posts from you!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:18 pm 
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qhorsegal2: thanks for the welcome. and for taking my comment at face value. despite a lot of wrestling with the decision to take the drug replacement route and some considerable ambivalence since, i find myself getting complacent--sometimes almost outright ignoring the supposed goal of getting off opiates entirely. not good! i'm not on a tiny dose (16mg/day) and am pretty much dreading the taper. additionally, my wife takes opiates daily, and i don't think it's possible to start that till we can do it together; she's not ready to try in earnest to quit (she's prescribed them but has fallen prey to medically-sanctioned abuse, mixing with alcohol, etc.).

in the end, i guess, it makes the most sense to live my life, and orient myself toward the suboxone, in a way that lets me live the most fulfilled life possible. if that means continuing the drug until my whole household can be opiate-free, so be it.

wow. rant. maybe i'll cross-post this content to another thread!

qhorsegal2 wrote:
You're absolutely right Washingtonian.

I have thought about that myself. I'm on a small dose, and I am almost anal about making sure I get the most absorption possible with what I take. I can't speak for everyone, but for me I think it is definitely a case of old habits die hard.

Welcome to the forum. I look forward to seeing more posts from you!

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