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Just quit Suboxone after 5 years of use, was taking 3 mg a day at time I stopped Sept 9th 2014 how long before sleep returns?
DO NOT GIVE UP!: First of all congratulations on the great job of getting off drugs. Give your body/system time to acclimate and just keep busy with life. Keep a good balance with your eating and exercise and sleep /wake cycle. Can try benign things like benadryl (diphenhydramine) or melatonin over the counter. Avoid excess caffeine and keep up the good work ...Read more
Finally quit "Suboxone" after 10 years and the withdrawals just get worse. I did slow taper. What can help me, Rx, OTC, home remedy? Anything?! Thanks!!!
In addition to: The medications you have been prescribed please consider some mind-body medicine. A clinical psychologist can help you learn strategies such as self-hypnosis, meditation, stress management, etc. See www. Relexationresponse. Org for some self-help also. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I am having trouble quitting oxycodone/suboxone. How long are these withdrawal symptoms supposed to last?
Quiting Opiates: Suboxone is used to help with addiction to opiates like oxycodone. Maybe you need to get yourself on a maintenance dose of Suboxone which you can then slowly taper off over time. In my experience, patients often will need to stay on Suboxone for about half the amount of time they abused opiates. So, if a person took oxycodone for 4-5 years, they may need the Suboxone for a couple of years. ...Read more
I've been tapering from Suboxone for quite a long time. Down to. 25 1x day then quit. I'm on hour 102 the withdrawals have not come. Will the wd come?
Probably never: You taper narcotics to avoid withdrawals. It sounds like if you have not had any yet, you probably will not. ...Read more
I've been an opiate addict for six years. Quitting cold turkey scares me, but I don't want to be stuck on Suboxone forever. What's the best choice?
Suboxone: This is the proverbial rock and a hard place. Not a lot of options. If you can stick with it. If you have the time and the money and support that's the best. There is a cocktail of no opiate medicines that will help you through much of this including Clonidine and sedatives. Otherwise Suboxone is an excellent choice and it helps stabilize you and keep you from using again. ...Read more
I'm on 16mg of Suboxone a day how can I wean my self of and sometime soon quit cold turkey also how can I wean myself from smoking?
Don't: Don't try to wean yourself off of anyhing on your own. If you want to wean yourself off of Suboxone or any medication do it under the supervision of your physician. You can go through withdrawals if you do it on your own. Smoking ypu can discuss with your physician as well as there are many options including cutting down by number of cigerettes daily or the patch or gum. Speak with your physician. ...Read more
I have been taking suboxone for 10 years. Jan, 1, 2016 I Take none. How much longer will I feel horrible, irritable? Is Vicodin a safer way to quit?
For a while:
If you used Suboxone 8/2mg daily for 10 years it is nearly impossible to just quit it, You will go through significant withdraws for weeks. Suboxone treatment depend on your commitment and depends almost solely on you, Suboxone dose should be redused gradually over good period of time, somewhere from 6 months to several years.
Even if you are on 2 mgs daily its hard to just quit. ...Read more
Can I take clonidine before suboxone? Today I am quitting 5 years of heroin use. What can I do for ease on w/d?
I've been on methadone& then Suboxone for withdrawal for about 1 year. If I need surgery, after quitting all med, will any narcotics ever work again?
Yes.: Hi conni, yes narcotics will work just fine. You may need a little more than a regular person, but if you've been off of them for a while, it will be the same as for the opiod naive person. Make sure you use IV opiods sparingly in the hospital and go to oral meds as soon as possible. ...Read more
A great product: It is a medication that can help you abstain from illegal opiates. There are many other uses for this medication, but you need to talk to the person who can prescribe it. The best results are when this medication is used along with other treatments ...Read more
Opiate Dependency: Suboxone contains Buprenorphine plus a short acting opiate blocker called naloxone. Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic partial opiate agonist. That means, it has very unique properties compared with other opiates like hydrocodone and oxycodone. Suboxone can take away the cravings for opiates so the addict can work on figuring out why he or she takes opiates in the first place. Suboxone saves lives. ...Read more
It is easy to taper off suboxone. However, the likelihood of relapse is high, if it was done prematurely before making positive changes in one's life. The positive and successful steps toward recovery are to change the life style, achieve better job performance, establish stable family life, or control the legal and financial
damages caused by addiction. ...Read more
Open ended: A general answer to the question, "how long should I stay on suboxone? " would not do justice to the uniqueness of this therapy. In the ideal world a few weeks or months and then stop & some do succeed. However, as long as potential for harm is higher from being on vs off, the on option is preferred. Everyone should be given a chance to get off, when they are ready to get off. ...Read more
It Depends: Each case is different. The length of time a person may need to stay on Suboxone may depend on several factors including the length of time the person abused opiates, how potent was the opiate abused, how high a daily dose, the route they used (i.e. Intravenous, intranasal, by mouth, etc) and finally, whether the person has a family history of addictions. Slowly tapering Suboxone is usually best. ...Read more
Rx for opiate depend: Suboxone is a medication used for opiate abuse and dependency. Whether for heroine or over use of prescription drugs (opiates/ pain medications) is can help patients deal with withdrawal and addiction. It is a combination of Naloxone (an opiate blocker) and buprenorphone a weaker opiate that has higher attraction for opiate sites (receptors) in the brain - reducing cravings and chance for abus. ...Read more
See below: It of certainly safer than the alternative of continued use of illegal opioids. Ideally, one ceases the use of all drugs but many are unable to attain this goal. Suboxone is the next best option and many people can be stable on this for decades without major insurmountable health issues. ...Read more
Totally depends on: Dose, duration of use, and how much you are taking now. That's how variable it is as it depends on how many half lives of time you have been taking it? Weeks, months, days, hours? It will stay in your system longer if you've been on it for a long time, vs. If you just started it. So, depending on the metabolites it produces, those can remain in the body too. So need more info than this to help you. ...Read more
Depends...: For someone who has taken Suboxone for maintenance? There is no consistent agreement on the way to stop most providers would advise a slow taper after other supports (therapy, support groups, etc.) are structured and being used. There are as many taper schedules as there are providers. Most patients can taper faster from the higher doses but have to slow down as they get to low dose. ...Read more