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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:21 pm 
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Soo yeah I'm new to this discussion board. Hello. So anyways, I've been on suboxone for about 4 1/2 years now. I started at 8mg and now I'm up to a massive 24mg a day. I've considering coming off of it completely or trying too. I've had two failed attempts to detox from suboxone cold turkey :(. 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:36 pm 
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It's very nice to have you here with us Ironbark!

I would have a couple questions for you that may help the board better undestand the entire situation, and to better help you.
1. Why did you raise your dose from 8mg up to 24mg?
2. What dose(s) did you attempt the cold turkey jump from?

The 8mg will usually hold most people, so I was only wondering why it was raised higher? And if you made the attempt to jump from a fairly high dose, that could explain why it was so difficult for that to be successful.

Most here find that a steady and slow taper will yield the overall best results at getting off. Not all the time of course, but usually the ones that taper as low as possible have the least amount of symptoms at the end.

I would just add that it's in your best interest to make absolutely certain getting off is what you really, REALLY want to do. I would also suggest having a support system in place such as NA/AA, Smart Recovery, or Celebrate Recovery. Counseling can also be very beneficial to the process.

I was on bupe for 3+ years, and tapered from 24mg down to .50mg and had a real easy time of it. But I REALLY wanted off, and I still have the support systems in place, and plan to have them as long as I feel necessary.

How are you currently doing/feeling on the Suboxone? Any problems giving you reasons to want off, or after the 4.5 years do you feel it's time? Any additional info you can share will help very much to give you the very best advice. You will receive support no matter what you decide. You've definitely come to the right place, and I again welcome you here!

Karen


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:24 pm 
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Hi, welcome to the forum. I'm new to the forum too, but not new to recovery.

What made you decide to come off the Suboxone "cold turkey" before? That's pretty much a set-up for failure (for most people), so I wouldn't consider those to be anything resembling a "failure". Buprenorphine has such a long half-life, so the suggested way to come off would be a gradual taper.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:40 pm 
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Thanks Karen. I appreciate the support.

Thisagain - I almost made it off suboxone jumping off at 2mg and felt drained with deep pain in my legs for 3 weeks after. I ended up going back on it after my doctor recommended I go back on it. Long story short my ex-girlfriend left me in the worst possible way because of my addiction and I fell into a deep depression hence the major jump in dose. Unfortunately I only have 1 option for suboxone providers where I live and based on the insurance I have... :(


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