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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:48 pm 
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My doc is bringing me down to 2 mg a day. I have the option of taking the 2 mg strip once or cutting in half and taking it twice. He says its my decision, but once I start, I have to stick with it. Which should I choose? I'm leaning towards the 2 mg strip once in the morning.

Thanks for any suggestions.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:07 pm 
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Ok 377194 , I've been on 2 mgs for at least 4 yrs ..... I take a mg in the morn and a mg about 7 or 8... If I don't take that last mg at nite , I won't sleep ..... May I ask you if your Dr is a psychiatrist ?


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I agree with Painter. Once you get down to doses below the ceiling level you tend to wind up feeling WD effects at night if you dose once per day. If you find that dosing once per day is holding you okay, then the once daily dose is fine. I didn't have to start splitting my dose until I got down below 1mg. But at some point, most of us will find it helpful.

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Painter wrote:
Ok 377194 , I've been on 2 mgs for at least 4 yrs ..... I take a mg in the morn and a mg about 7 or 8... If I don't take that last mg at nite , I won't sleep ..... May I ask you if your Dr is a psychiatrist ?


My doc is just an MD, but he's recommended by Suboxone (through their website) and the area doctors (including my general practitioner) say he knows what he's doing.

I may have inadvertently come to a decision. I intended to start the 2mg ween down on Monday and intended to take a total of 3mg stoday. I took a 2mg strip 7am this morning and I didn't take my 7pm nightly 1mg strip and I feel fine. Is that my answer?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:20 pm 
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Sounds good to me! The only reason to dose twice daily is if you feel the WD kicking back in later in the evening.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:30 am 
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What kind of WD would I be looking for? At the end of the day, I always usually have minor aches and pains around my back and shoulder (the reasons why I'm in this predicament in the first place - i was prescribed oxycodone when it was bad) so if that's one, I wouldn't notice it.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:54 am 
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I wouldn't be looking for any kind of withdrawal at all. Try some Motrin, Ibupfofin, or Aleve for the pain issues. It's quite surprising just how well these otc meds can and will help our pain issues!

It's so easy to be over-thinking everything when down to the lower doses as we realize we will soon be off the drug.

I was worried about this happening, and soon as I realized what I really needed to be doing was have the most positive attitude possible, take my dose and go on with my day, everything worked itself out just fine and I actually had very few problems, if any at all.

I would just continue taking your dose as you have and try to begin enjoying life! You will find if you sit and wait for problems to begin they most certainly will at some point. Your mind is a very powerful thing, and you can make yourself believe nearly anything you want.

You are doing great! Keep doing just what you are now! :D

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:53 am 
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Great advice. Thank you Karen.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:37 am 
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Well, I feel different. Safe to say it's a form of withdrawal; minor aches; the runs, and mild nausea, but it's been about 24 hours since I had my last dose.


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Some of us seem to metabolize our Suboxone faster than others, so twice a day dosing is usually where we end up.

The biggest reason most doctors want us dosing once per day is to stop those addictive behaviors of constantly taking pills throughout the day. Once a day dosing is usually the target, but twice a day dosing is fine, too.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:28 am 
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Well, I'm doing fine at 2 mg once a day in the morning.

Now I'm looking forward to my next taper in about 3 weeks. :D


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