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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:48 am 
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Hi All.
I am a codiene addict. I have been on suboxone for 12 months and have not looked back. It truely has been a miracle drug for me.
I live in Austraila and here you can get "take away doses" but usually you have to go to the pharmacy for your daily dose. Anyway i am currently stable on 12mg every second day, i initially stablised on 6mg a day and found it a pain to leave work to get my daily dose and my Dr sugested "double dosing". Due to the long half life of suboxone i agreed and while it took a few months until I was completely comfortable I have found it to be very sucessful.
During the time i was stabilising I suffered from night sweats and sleep disturbance but nothing too uncomfortable. I stuck it out and now after being on suboxone for 12 months am starting to think about tapering down.
This is where I think maybe double dosing could help others as well. Instead of dropping a whole 2mg a day I have the option of dropping to 10mg every second day, in effect 1mg a day.
I'm not sure how it will affect me but I work fulll time and can afford to be in withdrawals while trying to focus at work.
Hadn't heard anyone else mension it here so just thought i would share my experiance.


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Also wanted to add that in Australia unless you have a take away dose you must take to whole dose at the pharmacy under the supervision of the pharmasist, so fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you view it there is no option but to take it in one go.
I never had a problem with this(the supervision) but understand just how hard it might be for those who have a whole prescription at their disposal to want to self medicate.


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Hi TinaL -

I've heard of every other day dosing - it's something that the manufacturer says can also be done (due to the very long half-life). I can't believe that you have to go to the pharmacy to be supervised every time you dose! Yet I'll bet they just give a month's worth of full agonist pain pills all the time! I dose 2 or 3 times a day for pain, so I'd be living at the pharmacy! :lol: It's utterly ridiculous the hoops we have to jump through when we finally take steps to get better.

I haven't tapered down or off yet, but I know some people on this forum taper by taking a smaller dose every other day. Such as they've been on 8 mg daily, but then start to take 8 one day, 6 the next, then 8 again...etc. It's definitely another way to taper down slowly.

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us...It's one of the things that makes this forum so great! Glad you posted. Good luck with your taper.

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Its great to hear about different cultures and ways on here. I love this forum and learn something new every day. Thanks!

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