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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 11:37 pm 
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Hello!

i have been taking subs for about 8 years now. i just had knee surgery and wanted to take advantage of my time off work while recoverying to also try and kick my subs.

i am not scared of becoming addicted to the norco pain meds because i am in a different place in my life and really have no interest in them now other then just to get through this recovery.
anyone know of a good way to taper myself off the subs at this time so i can be free of my subs and have a new knee at the same time?


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i just realized that i might have posted this in the wrong forum and should have posted it in the surgery form but this is more about stopping then the surgery. hmm?

i take half a 8mg twice a day now.
the doctor prescribed me norco. the bottle says 7.5, i don't know if that mean 750mg? or 7.5mg?

i didn't take any subs the day before the surgery and only took a half a sub late in the night the day of the surgery. after i took the sub, it seemed to make a lot of the pain and ache go away but i dont know if thats post op or sub wd.

do i just NOT take any subs while i am in recovery and only take the norco and as i week off the norco, start to take aleve and just not even take subs at all? that would be ideal but i don't want to do anything that i shouldn't.
because i am post op, i want to be able to get back to work within the 4 weeks and not have to have subs in my life anymore.

anyone care to share thoughts?


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Hi mycooldavis,

One, Welcome to our forum! Two, I went ahead and moved the thread even though you were not sure about it. Doesn't really matter, either one would have been fine.

You haven't told us how much Sub you've been using so it's hard to post a decent taper schedule. We do have lot's of schedules for tapering, you just need to do some digging here and see which one fits your lifestyle. If you have trouble, PM me and I'll find and post some to help you.

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Hi! Welcome to the forum! I hope we can help you with your question. First, what dose of sub were you on per day before you stopped prior to surgery? Secondly, have you noticed whether the norco alone is helping with your pain? It sounds like you're being prescribed 7.5 mg of hydrocodone per pill. Are you supposed to be taking 1 or 2 at a time? It's important to know whether or not you will be getting any pain relief from the norco alone or combined with anti-inflammatory meds (motrin, ibuprofen, aleve, etc.)

The reason I'm asking is that it won't make sense to talk about cutting out the sub right away if you're needing it for pain relief. If you can already get by without the sub, and you're set on going off completely, then you shouldn't take any more sub. Suboxone has a long half life and it takes probably 4 to 10 days (that's a guesstimate) for most of it to leave your body.

Does your sub doc or your surgeon know about your plan to go off of sub? Your sub doc could prescribe comfort meds if he knows that you plan on going off. Clonidine is a helpful medication to manage withdrawal symptoms. And maybe some xanax for anxiety? Is your surgeon knowledgeable about sub to the extent that he understands that you might need extra medication for your tolerance level. Is he/she willing to prescribe you a refill on the norco to help the sub withdrawal go easier?

We don't usually recommend using short acting opiates to quite suboxone, but this scenario does come up from time to time and a surgery recovery can be a decent time to get off sub if you're going to try it anyway. I hear that you're pretty confident that norco wouldn't be a temptation anymore, but I want to caution you to be very careful. Do you have a trusted family member who could hold onto your norco and help you taper down?

So I guess my main suggestions are to get at least one of your doctors on board and have a trusted person to help you keep the taper under control. Good luck!

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