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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:10 pm 
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Okay, so here's the deal:

last august i decided to get sober. i am using AA along with suboxone, i take 2 8-mg pills a day.
Before I was going to AA i had tried suboxone a few times and failed. I just don't think i was ready to be sober yet.

I have been thru 4 knee surgeries and I'm 21 years old. I deal with large amounts of pain every day.

i've been on suboxone for a year and i want to get off of it bc i deal with stomach aches and headaches every day and I cannot take it anymore. i feel like shit every day when i wake up, until i take my suboxone and i have a hard time eating every day. i need help.


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Maybe you could just try taking a lower dose. 16mgs is a lot. Many people can get by with a lower dose for maintenance purposes - like 4mg or even 2mgs; I found that staying at a lower dose eliminated most of the side effects that I was experiencing. Then you can take your time tapering off. I really don't recommend tapering off suboxone quickly.

If you still have pain you need to find some way to manage it. Otherwise it will always be a trigger for relapse.

Good luck, and it might be smart to talk all of this over with your doctor.

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Let me add that Suboxone has pain relieving qualities when taken in small doses throughout the day. You may want to try 2mg every 2 hours or 4 mg every 4 hours. Have you discussed the ill feelings with your doctor and are you taking any other meds?

Please let us know how you are doing?

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