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 Post subject: Suboxone and work
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:51 am 
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Hi all, in the past year I had a big problem with opiates. I was going through probably 15-25 a day (lortab 10) back in February I had same issue and admitted myself to rehab. Well long story short I relapsed in October and am now broke and tired of playing car and mouse game. I went today and got a script for suboxone. I can't remember exactly how suboxone worked for me I know it helped with withdrawals but, can anyone give me any insight as far as how difficult it will be to work while on it? I know it affects everyone different. All I remember was rehab was I slept the first 3 or 4 days straight. Any info glad appreciated


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 Post subject: Re: Suboxone and work
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:32 am 
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I want to make sure that you know what you're doing.

So, do you realize that you have to wait a period of time after your last dose of lortab or whatever you've been using and before you start the suboxone? You're supposed to be in moderate withdrawal (at least) before you take maybe 4 mg of suboxone to start. If you need to know more about that, please let us know so we can explain more thoroughly.

Regarding work, when I left my doctor's office after being induced, I felt normal right away and could have driven myself home. I am a graduate student and have no problem with mental acuity. Some people, when they are first on suboxone, get a little sleepy after dosing, but many people don't. The sleepiness usually goes away after the person is used to their dose of suboxone.

In rehab you were probably given a cocktail of drugs, not just suboxone, so you can expect your experience to be different.

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 Post subject: Re: Suboxone and work
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Yes they explained that to me today at the dr office that I needed to be in withdrawal before I started on suboxone. I remembered them mentioning at rehab that if you try suboxone right after your dose of DOC it will put you in very uncomfortable state of W/D. I was mainly curious how it affected other people, and you are right, when we went to take medicine at rehab they handed you about 5 or 6 different pills. I'm going to have to maintain as normal of a life as possible while doing this, so hoping it will be a smooth transition, and maybe if I'm lucky stay sober this time. Thanks for your input!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:05 pm 
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You're in the same tolerance position I was when I first got induced. Yes, it was difficult working w/o appearing to nod off. Back then they didn't really know how strong the medication was so I was on too high of dose. IMO, you should not be on a dose higher than 4 mg's total. You can break it up to once in the AM and once in the PM. Then after a few weeks you can reduce again down to an easy 2 mg film which you can easily cut in half. That's the dose I'm on now and I could still go down much further, which I will in due time.

That's all it is. Too high of dose. Keep in mind this is only my opinion as I'm not an expert.

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