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 Post subject: 7 Days Off
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:42 pm 
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I Have been on subox since 2007. I actually was taking (3) 8mg daily. Which after reading seems high. I always wanted to get off, just never seemed to get the time. This last 12months i gave all the meds to my wife and slowly got down to 2mg daily. I would have went lower but we had such a hard time breaking the 8mg tabs down any smaller. It has now been 7 days. I stopped taking the subo on a wed (my little boys b-day). The first three days were rough, but somehow i have just kept plugging along. I never took off work, but my job is mainly office work. I just told the boss i hadnt been feeling good and thought i was coming down with a cold. The next Sat and Sun were not great either. But i really have not had any uncontrolable crying. The first couple days i went to the restroom a fews times a day, but it was tolerable. Mornings for me were the worst, by the afternoon i was feeling better. I am not telling anyone not to take some time off, but for me pushing through has sure made the time go faster and helped to keep my mind off of it! I am still having some anxiety and sleep issues. You all have made it so much better for me as you have been my support group. Prayers to all!

Also, i Have been really horse (no Voice) during all of this, is this a normal withdrawl symtom? Most other symptoms are getting better, but my voice is not (yet)!


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Congrats!

I was on long term sub treatment as well. I have a thread below yours.. I'm at 2.5 months and had been on it daily since 2006. I started out at 24mg for the first few years, way too high I realize now. Then down to 2 8mg per day where I stayed for a while. The last year is when I went down to 2mgs. Breaking the tabs was hard for me too and I'd just get frustrated not knowing if I was taking the right amount. It wasn't until my new doc switched me to the film strips that made it so much easier to accurately dose down.

Anyway, congrats! It sounds like you're doing great. I had a harder time for some reason. I too worked through my withdrawl. I stopped taking the sub on a saturday morning and only took off that first monday. After that I forced myself to go to work despite feeling and looking like I had been hit by a truck. I could have taken time off if needed but for me, I felt so awful that sitting around dwelling on it made it worse. I was a wreck though and in hindsight, should have kept my butt home for a little bit longer. My whole office was convinced that I had west nile virus because I was ill for so long. It was obvious that a flu wouldn't have lasted that long. I had to say that I had a cold that turned into a sinus infection and then walking pneumonia. It was the only thing I could think of for being sick longer than a month (shrugs.)


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Hi johnnyappleseed and tinydancer -

Welcome to the forum! You both rock for working and pushing through your withdrawal like that. I also found that I dealt with my withdrawals better when I kept busy and distracted. The worst thing I could do was sit around and obsess about how I was feeling, it just magnified everything too much.

I hope you'll both stick around and keep sharing about how life after Sub is going for you. A lot of people worry about what it will be like when they stop taking Sub and it's good to hear how people are doing, what they're doing for their recovery, the ups and downs, all of it. And it's good to have support for yourselves too. I've been off Sub for 3 years and I can barely remember what withdrawal was like. Life keeps getting better as long as I keep putting in the effort...so keep up the good work!

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Great job, johnnyappleseed! 2 mg may not seem like much, but it's still a pretty big jump to do cold turkey. It sounds like you are doing enough to keep you busy with your job, that the days are going by a little faster than if you were on the couch at home. That's great! A lot of people have said that exercise is also very helpful at this stage of withdrawal, especially with RLS and muscle cramps.

I'm so glad that you've been using this site for support. The collective wisdom and experience here is impressive! It sounds like your wife has been a great source of support for you too.

Keep up the good work!

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