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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:13 am 
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Hello.
I have been on 2 subs a day for 3 months and have been slowly taking less. . Any advice on how to be most comfortable while doing so and timeline suggestions? Also I've read conflicting things on taking xanax with sub..but it really helps..can someone help me out with how safe it is and safe amount and how to best do it? Any help would be wonderful..thanks.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:54 pm 
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Beathesedemons wrote:
Hello.
I have been on 2 subs a day for 3 months and have been slowly taking less. . Any advice on how to be most comfortable while doing so and timeline suggestions? Also I've read conflicting things on taking xanax with sub..but it really helps..can someone help me out with how safe it is and safe amount and how to best do it? Any help would be wonderful..thanks.


This is my personal account re: suboxone and xanax (Benzodiapines):

I was addicted to Norco 10/325. I was taking about 20 a day and up to 60 pills on certain days. I tried to quit several times, using Xanax 2mg bars. I would taper my norcos and take 2mg xanax to zonk me out (they give me amnesia)… Anyways, I didn't quit the Norcos and got addicted to the Xanax 2mg… taking up to 2 or 3 a night/day. I took xanax daily about 2 or 3 2mg pills a day for months, probably half a year.

I finally quit cold turkey off the Norcs… that was bad enough, but the Benzo withdrawal is HORRIBLE. Don't take benzos. If you do, don't do benzos.

I was so addicted to the benzos that I had to do the ashton taper, slowly reducing the amount of xanax and replacing it with a longer acting benzo, valium in my case. Anyways, I started my taper last May and I'm still not done! I replaced the xanax with valium (diazepam) and now only take diazepam… I went from 30mg diazepam a day and now I'm down to 8. I reduce 1mg of diazepam every two weeks and only take them at night.

Enter suboxone. Since I was opiate tolerant and benzo tolerant, my suboxone doc said it was OK to start the suboxone. I quit opiates last august and have been on 8mg sub since then. Actually this past two weeks I'm down to 4mg sub.


I wouldn't recommend taking any benzo while on suboxone if you're benzo naive, as it supposedly lowers your CNS and can die.

The xanax, like I said earlier, give me retrograde amnesia. I can function fine while i'm on them, I just won't remember what I did the next day. For example, like an idiot I took my 8mg of diazepam… and in the morning I realized I had taken 100mg of diazepam (10 10mg pills). I don't remember doing anything. My mom said she found me dozing off on the couch with some pills hanging out my lips. lol.

I also take .2mg clonodin for sleep. They zone me the FFFF out! Clonodin also helps A LOT for the WDs and help me sleep a good 4-6 hours, I've taken up to .5mg clonodin and woken up feeling like I fell off a ten story building.

That's my story.


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