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I Thought This Would Be Easy
Buprenorphine / Naloxone (Suboxone)
Citation:   Effuzion. "I Thought This Would Be Easy: An Experience with Buprenorphine / Naloxone (Suboxone) (exp92393)". May 31, 2019.

0.5 - 16 mg sublingual Pharms - Buprenorphine (daily)
  0.125 - 4 mg sublingual Naloxone (daily)
For the Love of God Do Not Use This Daily

I personally took the drug for 7 months, which was plenty of time for me to get my life together and develop healthy habits. After I asked my doctor to taper my dose (to his dismay; suboxone doctors hate losing patients) so I could be off the drug in time for college classes that were starting soon, he told me to take 1 mg less every 2 weeks. Already having tapered myself down to 4 mg from the 16 mg per day I was being given in rehab, I thought this would be easy.
Already having tapered myself down to 4 mg from the 16 mg per day I was being given in rehab, I thought this would be easy.
And it was, up until it was time to stop taking the drug completely.

The first few days were not bad at all, but by day 4 the sickness was getting worse and worse to the point I couldn't do anything other than sit in bed, eat half a bowl of noodles and sweat my ass off. Any thought of doing normal things like driving were out the window. With classes starting in less than a week and no end in sight after a week of being off of the drug, I was forced to get back on so I could remain productive for school.

And that is suboxone in a nutshell. Just another instrument to trap us in our cycle of addiction. I will get off one day when I have the time to endure the pain, which supposedly lasts a month or more for someone who has taken this drug as long as I have.

The pills take about 45 minutes to dissolve, and I can't talk during that time or I waste some of it. The strips dissolve in 30 minutes or less and don't taste as bad.

Exp Year: 2010-2011ExpID: 92393
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 20
Published: May 31, 2019Views: 834
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Pharms - Buprenorphine (265) : Medical Use (47), Addiction & Habituation (10), Not Applicable (38)

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