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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:23 am 
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I started taking 8-2 mg Suboxone strips this week. The doctor said to take one twice a day so I've been taking them morning and evening. I've been having a lot of side effects though. My head is hurting. I'm having a lot of trouble sleeping. I have muscle and back pain. Yesterday felt almost like I was back on heroin. The first question is whether I should be taking both at the same time since I've seen instructions on the packet for taking two at once. The second question is whether I should be taking so much. I only weigh about 100 lbs, skinny by nature. It's the weekend and I don't know if I'll be able to talk to my doctor before Monday. I'm thinking about cutting back to one strip today and seeing if I feel better. Any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:15 pm 
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Go with your gut feeling. Most of us feel better on lower doses. You didn't say how much of what drug you were abusing but 16 mg's is still considered high. Your doctor will most likely disagree with my statement but I'm the one who takes it, not them. The instructions say that 16 mg's is a standard maintenance dose. Maybe, maybe not. It depends on the person and how bad their habit was. You will read many different stories here about how Suboxone affected them.

It can't hurt to go lower, you can always up the dose if need be. IMO, you'll feel much better on either 8 mg's or maybe even less. Plus the fact that the Buprenorphine in Sub stays in your system for a long time. Some have gone 4-5 days w/o it and not felt withdrawals. Others have a faster metabolism and it only is good for a day or less. Most of us are like the former.

Try it and see.

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