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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:20 am 
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What is your Suboxone and or Methadone dose and why?

I'm more so starting this thread to understand why we are on the doses we are? I myself am on 170mgs of methadone a day and to most that may sound high. but the reason I'm on such a high dose is because of my pain issues. So over time and increases I found a dose that keeps my pain under control as well my mental addictions under control. Which is how I ended up at this dose.

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[font=Comic Sans MS]Hi Bboy...I am on 20mg of suboxone. 8 in the morning, 8 in the afternoon, and 4 in the evening. I too dose for pain issues as well as addiction. This was the dose we settled on to control both. [/font]

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8mg of Sub, 4mg morning and 4mg evening. For me really it's about finding a balance between minimising side-effects and minimising cravings. If I increase my dose of Sub cravings fade but side-effects increase. It's early days for me on 8mg, so we'll just have to see how we go. But I wouldn't be going down any further any time soon.


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I'm on Suboxone for pain management as well as addiction, so I'm at a pretty high dose (16 mg, split up as 4 mg four times throughout the day). I work incredibly long hours and this has really helped me get through it. I have Crohn's disease, so the pain I experience is in my guts and in my joints, as arthritis is a common problem of Crohn's patients. While most people don't like how Suboxone causes constipation, that's actually a plus for me, as it has helped me be more mobile, whereas before I was afraid to leave the house a lot of the time.

Before Suboxone, I was taking oxycodone, and it helped with my Crohn's. But it worked too well, which is how I got hooked. I was on oxycodone for a couple of years and only came to Suboxone when I had hit rock bottom. Had I known how great it would end up being for me, I would have switched over long before (and saved myself a lot of money). But I'm just glad I managed to get here at all.


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I was on sub maintenance for two and a half years at 8mg once per day for addiction purposes. I was hooked on dilaudid/whatever I could find for about 8 years before that. I also was a bad daily drinker for 10 years prior to sub. That 8mg dose worked like a charm & knocked out my cravings and also along with meetings I believe it helped me to stop drinking too. After that 2.5 years on 8mg I felt ready to start tapering my sub and since January I have got down to approx .2mg now. Going down further, as low as i can go, don't care how long it takes. no rush, I drop the dose when I'm ready. Tapering has been easy but when I was at 8mg one thing I loved was that I could lay down and fall asleep in about 30 seconds. Now it takes me about an hour to fall asleep with valerian & melatonin on board. Been like that ever since i got to about 1mg.


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GREAT JOB, glen bee!!!!

you really ARE doing excellent.

So's everybody else!!! really!!!

So, I take 16mg a day,,, pretty regularly. Id say 3 times a week I take 24mg. Im perscribed 24,, but I'll be paying outta pocket again starting in two weeks, so Im totally ready to go down to 12mg, with 16mg when I need it.

Im dosing of course first for addiction, and pain as well. I work in a door/trim shop, and Im in a paint booth most of the day, standing on the concrete. Some days, my back hurts so bad I have nerve pain that goes down both my legs, all the way to my foot in one side. And dont even get me started about how I walk like an old football player 5 days outta the week. My doctor just started me on nuerontin, well the generic. I cant spell it!!
Anyways, that's helping a LITTLE. but, It sorta makes me sick. he says I need to 'work up to it' but I dont know. I take it kind of 'as needed' right now.

another issue Im battling right now, is I have adhd, pretty bad. I have had it my whole life, obviously. When I was younger I was on ritalin, and in my 20s, adderall. And, I dont remember ever abusing it per say. When I was young, I DID abuse it by giving it to my friends, but that was like jr high.
But, I mean as far as adderal being a stimulant, I never abused it. It never FELT like a stimulant to me.
Im planning on talking to my doctor when I see him at the end of the month about going on something to help with adhd.
It doesnt have to be adderal, but in MY opinion, if I had something to HELP with adhd,
I wouldnt take as much suboxone. Sometimes I feel like Im trying to get rid of THOSE symptoms ,,, with suboxone.

and I know thats NOT the answer. but it is how I feel.
Ive already talked to my therapist, we worked on many things, having to do with ADHD.
the last thing she said about it was I NEED to talk to my doctor. she would have written me an Rx, but becuase of the whole 'addiction'' issue, she'd rather I get it from my suboxone doctor.

So, on goes the battle.
I hope to get my dose down to 8mg/day. Paying for 30 strips a month, would be totally easy to deal with. Alot easier than 90, lets put it that way :wink:

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On 1mg of sub once a day......going to try .5 mg tonight.....can always take a .25mg piece in morning if I don't feel good in morning.


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Oh...and the why is because I want to get off this stuff!


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I take 16 mg of suboxone per day (8 mg in the morning and 8mg in the evening). I am on it for addiction, I have a high tolerance as I was shooting tons of opanas, dilaudids, morphine pills, and heroin before I was put on the suboxone. I used to take 8 mg per day but it was wearing off and I was waking up feeling like shit the following morning. Then, my doctor put me on 24 mg per day (an 8 mg in the morning, an 8 mg in the afternoon, and an 8mg in the evening). However, I was having such bad constipation that I tried taking only 16 mg per day to see if that would cut it -and it did. I can actually shit on 16 mg per day of suboxone -and it still gets the job done.

PS- I also have moderate back pain and the subs help with that a little.

PSS- Does anyone else find that subs give you WORSE constipation than full agonists like morphine and heroin???


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