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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 5:15 pm 
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Hey all,

Long time lurker first time poster. I actually feel like I know some of the good people here, like reading a book. I have been through low back surgery seven times now. Entire lumbar fused over time. Got hooked up pretty good with the pain specialist to the point of doing bad things for pills. You all know the story. The suboxone was really a game changer for me. Been on for close to two years now, but tapering for the last 6 mos. or so. I spend way too much time laying in bed. No energy, etc. I have found that dropping 10-12% at a time with about two weeks in between works for me. The information that I wanted to pass along was that on the third day, which is the worst for many of us, I allow myself to take the amount from before the drop or even a little more without worrying about it. After that one time, the worst is over and gone and the drop is OK. Doing this helps me tremendously and I have not read much about anyone else doing the same so I thought I would post it up. I am only down to about 4 mg now from 16-24, and am envious of everyone talking about their .000000003 microgram doses. Anyway, thanks for making a place to support others in the struggle. Although family and even doc's can sympathize, there is no way to understand unless you have been there. Heres to better days


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 5:33 pm 
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Hey subbedout, welcome! You are right about not really being able to understand unless you have been there. I think that is true with a lot of different meds, and situations in life. It's nice to be able to talk to others on sub through this forum.

I haven't tried tapering yet, but I actually have thought about tapering in a way similar to what you are suggesting. The reason I thought about this is because I have been trying to stabilize my dose for the last 3 months. When I feel bad, I raise the dose. Then I feel great, so I lower it...trying to find what the lowest possible dose is for me. Then I get some side effect, and I raise it.

The point is...I always feel better the very first day that I raise it. So I thought that when/if I do taper, why not take a higher dose on some days in between low doses? It might not keep my dose consistent, but the overall dosage for the entire week would keep going down, and that's the point of a taper. And just to have some relief in the middle of the taper would probably give some people the relief needed to get through it?? Just some thoughts.

Hope it keeps working for you, and glad you finally decided to join!


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