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 Post subject: What is sub 1/2 life?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:20 am 
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I've been tapering. It's been slow. Had .20 mg's of a strip 30 hours ago &
don't feel normal but I don't hurt eithor. I usually wake up hurting after hour 20-24. How long unit the sub
is out of my system? Should I just go ahead & stop now and just ride it out?


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Suboxone's half life is 37.5 hours. It usually takes several days for it to be completely out of your system.

As for whether you should jump now or not, only you can answer that.....how much wd are you willing to endure? If you want to keep tapering, I'd start skipping days between doses seeing as your dose is very, very low.

If you've tapered down to .2mg slowly, then you could jump from where you're at and you're shouldn't experience any kind of hell wd.

Taper, taper, taper is the best way to avoid acute wd.

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Hurting after 20-24 hours?

You're lucky.

I just dropped my evening dose from 6mg to 4mg, total dose 12mg - 10mg... and I woke up this morning all goosebumpy with the kicks. Maybe I'm a freak :| Dang this fast metabolism crap. Sometimes I wonder if my half life is more like 20 hours.


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That's a good point T, I should have said the "average" half life of Suboxone is 37.5 hours.

Some people metabolize it much faster than others, some metabolize it fairly slowly. That 37.5 hour number is simply an average Strugglin'.

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At really low doses, the mean half-life of about 37 hours just doesn't really apply. It's pretty normal for people on doses of ~1 mg or less to get hit w/ w/d in a day or less. That's why many people go to twice daily dosing at some point during their taper. So in my opinion what you're going through is completely normal. I also think that if you're having withdrawals the way you describe, you're not ready to jump yet.

What you could do is try to start stretching out your dosing a little more, even if it's just going from every 24 hours to every 25 hours and adding an hour each day (or however often you are dosing). It's clear that your body/brain is still accustomed to getting it's daily opiate dose, so if I were you, I'd keep tapering down.

Good luck with it.

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