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 Post subject: How do I taper off?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:01 pm 
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I'm new here, and very scared. I'm trying to come off the sub. Ive been on 2mgs for 7 months. I have tapered down to .25mg's every 12 hours. once in the am & again in the afternoon. I start to w/d towards the end of each dose. Is this how i do it? Should I stay on this schedule until the w/d eases then drop it again? I also take .50 or 1mg of xanex in the evening.
These doses allow me to function at work but its difficult.
-im not even sure which forum to post this to...


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 Post subject: Tapering
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:31 pm 
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Hi,

There is no "correct" way to taper. Everyone is different. I'd say you've done great so far! It is a good sign that you start to feel w/d before your next dose, because it means you have eliminated the stacking effect sub can have. Stacking is re-dosing when there is still sub in your system - it doesn't really help but it's also hard to avoid if sub is taken every day.

When I am ready to taper to those low doses, I will use the liquid taper method. It is described in this post:

Liquid Taper Method

It is a VERY long post, buy the first few pages give you the main idea.

Good luck!
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Thanks Jimmy. I should have mentioned that I'm on the strips
& not pills. When you say w/d is a good thing before I re-dose, should I
wait as long as I can stand it between doses? When do I drop
the amount taken?


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couldn't you dissolve the strip in water and use that??
or does it gell up or something stupid like that?

if your at 0.5mg I would drop by around 20% to 0.4mg you'll feel some discomfort but it will go away..
Think about it this way, all the time you abused opiates you had all that pleasure/numbness now your going to pay for that pleasure/numbness either you can pay for it when you jump off OR you can pay for it slowly while tapering. When i was tapering down 0.25mg from 0.5 I had some discomfort but damn when i jumped from between 0.5-0.25mg I had zero symptoms for almost 5 days last two had some stomach issues other than that I felt great nothing like withdrawals from fast acting full agonists..

Good luck to you!


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Hi Strugglin',

Welcome to the forum!

Like the others have said, there is no one right way to taper off of Suboxone, but don't let that scare you. You're already at .5mg per day and that's freakin' awesome. It's perfectly normal to be experiencing some wd. If I were you, I would stabilize at your current dose. By stabilize, I mean stay there until your wd symptoms go away, then push forward with your next drop.

The Liquid Taper thread is certainly a good one. Another good taper thread is I am S.T.U.C.K., here's the link.

http://suboxforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3894

The author of the I am S.T.U.C.K. thread jumped a few months ago and experienced no acute wd's to speak of.

Try not to let fear get to you, wd is so much a mental game and fear just exasperates the issue. I know it's hard not to fear wd because it SUCKS so bad, but you CAN come off Suboxone with very little wd, I've seen it done several times now.

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It will be true that 5mg per day and that's awesome


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