Thanks for the reply.
There were a couple of factors that meant my induction to sub this time wasn't ideal.
1: The prescribing Dr.'s surgery and the pharmacist are 15 miles apart. This meant that the Dr. wasn't able to observe me after my initial 8mg dose. Basically, I took the 8mg and went straight back to work.
2: My work involves a lot of travel. When I left the pharmacist after dosing I knew I wouldn't be able to return until 2 days later because of work commitments. The laws on dosing in Australia say you must take the sub in the presence of the pharmacist for the first 2 weeks. That meant I couldn't take the next day's dose with me. I discussed this with the Dr. He initially wanted to start me on 6mg but we both agreed that 8mg would better help tide me over the 2 days (my previous suboxone period was started on 16mg, but I did want to try a lower initial dose this time).
In hindsight I probably should have taken time off work in order to stabilise on the correct dose, but finances prevented this. I was also interested to see what effect the 2 day spacing would have.
One problem now is that I am locked into this 2 day spacing for the next 2 weeks (10 days now).
I have to see the prescribing Dr. tomorrow and he will ask me how it's going. I actually want to say I'm fine and wish to continue on the 8mg every 2 days until this first fortnight is up (at which time I am then permitted to take doses away from the pharmacist). I'll mention the WD symptoms to the Dr, but to be quite honest I think I can cope with them while my body stabilises at the 8mg. They are unpleasant, but knowing that they'll likely be eased when I can get to the pharmacist makes them bearable.
My main reason for posting here was to ask how many doses people think it might take for the 8mg to get on top of the WD symptoms, based on my level of codeine dependency, and also whether I am being realistic in planning to keep the dose at 1 per 2 days.
I have 2 reasons for wanting to try and continue the 1 dose per 2 days. Firstly, I'm hoping it will ease the constipation I get from suboxone, and secondly I will find it easier to taper down if I can stockpile my takeaway dose (another law in Aust says we are only allowed a max of 5 takeaway doses per week - the other 2 doses must be taken in the presence of the pharmacist) as I plan to start a taper almost immediately.
I haven't heard of anyone trying the 1 dose every 2nd day when first starting a suboxone program, and was hoping to find someone here who had tried it themselves, or had heard of it being done. I agree, it doesn't seem ideal, but it may have benefits?
Hope that all makes sense.