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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:27 pm 
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I have been on Suboxone for 11 years and have pretty much gotten addicted to it. Duh...who wouldnt after more than a decade? I see my doctor in just a few hours to talk about a detox plan. Will it be inpatient? Or outpatient? Considering I have small children with no one to watch them that long, it will more then likely be outpatient. I want to talk to him about using clonidine to help the withdrawls. Is there a certain dosage I should talk about? I dont even know their ranges. Iam 28 years old, 5'5 and 119lbs with a normal blood pressure of 110/60 or so. What is the norm for using clonidine?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:27 pm 
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Well, one thing to keep in mind is that withdrawal from opiates tends to raise your blood pressure. Your doctor should be able to give you guidance as to what your dosage should be.

Everyone who is on suboxone is physically dependent on the opiate component on the drug, just as you were dependent on your drug of choice before suboxone. The difference is that people on sub usually have a much easier time tapering off sub than their previous drug of choice. I'm not saying that it's completely easy, but if you go through a long, slow taper you will minimize your withdrawal symptoms in the first place. Jumping from a high dose of sub cold turkey has been done, but it will probably take months to recover. We encourage people to taper as low as they possibly can before they jump off.

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