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Old 05-24-2005, 07:38 PM   #1
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Question Fresh out of detox and on Suboxone...

I went into detox this weekend and was put on Suboxone 2mg 4x/day. Today is my first day out of the hospital and I have drug cravings like nothing I've felt before. The nurses at detox told me that I need to let the doc know if the cravings are bad so they can increase my dose of Suboxone.
My question is this, is it a good idea to increase my doses strictly for cravings? The w/d symptoms have pretty much passed (still can't sleep, and still a little muscle pain). Any insight for others taking Suboxone would be appreciated. Thanks

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Re: Fresh out of detox and on Suboxone...

Congratulations! Just Hang In There And Be Will Make It....i Know You Sooooooo Proud Of You And I Don't Even Know You!!

Old 05-24-2005, 08:11 PM   #3
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First of all, Congratulations, you have taken a BIG STEP and you will not slip now, I am sure.

Regarding the Suboxone. If you can ride out a few days, I think the cravings will pass. As long as you don't have any withdrawal physical symptoms, you're ahead of the game. However, if they continue, talk with your doctor. I believe you said you are taking 2mgs. four times a day? That is 8 mgs. a day. About half of what most of us start with. How many pills were you taking per day? The situation with Sub. is it is very easy to go down from 16mgs per day to 8 mgs. so if that will help you for a while I would do it. What is the point of taking Sub. if it's not relieving you of cravings??

I'll let others step in and give their answers as everyones experience is different. I believe though, that most people do not feel any cravings if they are on the proper dose.

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Old 05-24-2005, 08:13 PM   #4
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Re: Fresh out of detox and on Suboxone...

That's what Sub is there for.... to help with cravings. You really shouldn't be feeling any withdrawals and so I would recommend that you talk with your doctor. That's 8 mgs... that's not a high dosage, especially this early on. I'd give him/her a call and congratulations! You're going to do great!!!

I'd also talk to the doctor about not splitting up your dose so much... maybe just once or twice a day because it's really long acting. Just a thought but you're just getting little doses all day instead of the total 8 in the morning. Again, talk to them.

Old 05-25-2005, 05:31 AM   #5
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Re: Fresh out of detox and on Suboxone... takes about 4-7 days to stabilise w/ the sub-the 8 mgs will be fine but not for a few days..its very tough getting least it was for me..
But i am also a suboxone success story in the sense that i have not used in almost 2 yrs..
Talk to the dr. about going up in dosage for a week-and go back down to 8 mgs-are you planning on maitainence or detox..
can i ask what your DOC was?
Suboxone is really amazing as long as you commit to the sub-w/ zero are gonna find it difficult to stick with..
But it works-coming from a long term addict-that couldn't pull out of the cycle-i am amazed at the results..
im on .5 every other day now..and am trying to come off-i can stay on if i want-there is no rush-but there are other issues..weight,etc..i need to deal with..
So-hang in there-if you want out-its there for the taking-just give it a chance-and you will have your life back before you know it..
Best of everything..

Old 05-25-2005, 11:16 AM   #6
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Thanks to all for the response.
I went into detox Sunday afternoon and started the Sub. sometime Monday morning with the w/d's in full effect. I went to the doc. today and he's bumped me to 8mg 2x/day and the results are all good.
I was up to around 40-50 percs a day along with the morphine,fentanyl, and diluadid I was scamming at ER's. I was so desperate for drugs that I was dislocating my own shoulder and going into ER's all over the place to get more. I was seen in 43 ER's in the last 55 days. That's alot of travel. I was spending my life in my car driving from hospital to hospital. God that's lame.
I had a moment of clarity on Saturday, while having yet another IV placed in my hand by an ER nurse, and decided this is no way to live. So I came home and called a local detox and signed myself in Sunday.
I'm scared to death of relapsing again but the difference this time is the Suboxone. Oh yeah and this is the first time no outside (i.e. law enforcement, girlfriend, etc...) influence has pushed me to kick. This time it's for me.

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