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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:40 am 
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Hi everyone. My Doctor is starting to worry me. He is kinda old & acts a bit senile sometimes. Now that I am stable on Suboxone (3 months) he has started to suggest a small decrease, & he is talking about being completely drug free in the near future, although he hasn't said when. I am JUST getting my life back together. I have energy, I feel good, & don't EVER want to go back to pills(oxy's etc) can anyone give me advise on how to explain to him I'm not comfortable w/ this decrease - I've been @ 3 8's a day, now last week he put me to 2 & a 1/2 8's a day....NOT likeing it. Thanks, Scottcat.


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Scottcat,

In my opinion, three 8's per day is quite a high dose. I started on that dose and honestly do not recall when I first tapered. I didn't like it either, although found that particular taper to be pretty easy. My doctor always let me decide when to taper. I was never forced into it. I think that made a big difference in how I handled it. He also didn't focus too much on me being entirely off of the drug. The goal is generally to be on the lowest dose possible to continue a remission. Theoretically, you shouldn't have any physical issue with this drop in dosage because you are already way above the ceiling. I do think it is important to get through these tapers so you can learn how much of this continues to be psychological in nature and afford you the time to get through those psychological barriers. i.e. we need to realize we can get through life without constantly taking a pill to feel better and learn new coping skills. If we don't taper then we don't learn that.

With that being said, I think you should just be entirely honest with your doctor about how you feel anyways and see what he has to say about it. Part of the process is learning not to be our own doctors and to let go a little and allow someone to help us. We obviously don't always know what is best for us. You aren't likely to say anything to your doctor that he hasn't heard or dealt with before and he is likely to appreciate the honesty. If he continues to pressure you to be completely off suboxone and he continues forcing you to taper, you may want to consider if a different doctor might be a better match for you.

If I recall correctly, I tapered down to 2.5 8's within about 4 months and then 4 months later I tapered down to 2 which is where I stayed for about a year and then went down to 1.5 8's which I didn't like much and in my 3rd year I am on 10mg average per day and will likely stay here forever since I have pain in my feet that won't go away at anything less than that. So it took me 3 years to get to the lowest dose possible for me. Clearly I was in no rush either :-)

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Hello scottcat -

I think Jackcrack's response is spot on. I really can't add much to what she said, just to agree with it. But I wanted to lend my support and wish you the best. Please keep us posted on how things are going.

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