Can anyone help me with these side effects from Suboxone?

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Rebecca T
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   Posted 1/24/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Today is day three on 8mg a day of Suboxone. I was prescribed Sub while detoxing from Vicodin. At first I would take the 8mg in the morning. I was finding myself crashing about an hour and a half later. I had no option but to lay down and sleep. While at detox I spoke with the staff dr. and he agreed to split it.. do 4 in the morning and 4 at night. Yesterday was my first day doing that. Nothing changed in fact It may have gotten worse. Today I took 1/4 instead. MY GOD.. I have never felt so tired. I basically slept the entire day away and now after sleeping all of that.. I am falling asleep sitting up. I'm dizzy, and I feel like I can not control sleeping. I feel weak and my skin is very pail. I have had a low grade fever the entire time and I can barely type or write my name. I literally feel like death... so much worse than I did when detoxing without anything.
Will this go away? Will this get better? am I doing this to myself by lowering the dosage? My spouse thinks I should go to the Er. because I look and feel so horrible. Please Help!

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   Posted 1/24/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are feeling that badly, and can not stay awake your best bet is the ER. In my unprofessional opinion , you are on too high a dose of suboxone. When it is used to help a patient withdraw from medications, without an addiction problem, it is not generally used at doses higher than 2 mg over the course of a day. 8 mg of suboxone for a vicoden withdrawal is a lot of suboxone for what is a very minor pain medication on the oral pain medication scale.
I would contact your PM doctor to discuss this dosing. Usually it is given over the course of a few days to a week to get the pain patient off of pain medications, and not for more than 2 weeks at the most. Seems to me that your detox doctor gave you a dosing schedule for treating addiction, not a simple withdrawal problem.
Suboxone has a long half life, which is probably why you are so sleepy still , because you still have some level of sub left over from yesterdays dose and then the additional medication that you took today.
Can I ask why you went inpatient for this withdrawal instead of doing it at home? How much vicoden were you taking and for how long?
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   Posted 1/25/2010 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
8mg daily for a hydrocodone problem is way too much, alot of doctors that prescribe suboxone have no idea what they'er doing. Suboxone is 50 times stronger then morphine, its nothing to play around with and it will make you sick if not dosed right, but if you are dosed right it can be a wonderful medication. I was taking over 300mg of Methadone daily and 16mgs of suboxone is more then enough to me.

But because of buprenorphine's 37.5 hour half life, it can take a while to feel the effects of a lowered or higher dose. Just call your doctor asap and ask them what you should do, but if it's just that you took too much, then in about 3 days you'll feel better if you stick with a much lower dose. They're suppose to start you at a very low dose, but then again maybe your doctor is just use to people with very big tolerence to narcotics. and truthfully it would of been way more easier to taper off of vicodin then it would of suboxone, but if your looking for maintance then Suboxone is much more better. but remember LESS IS MORE with Suboxone, people find this hard to beleive cause with other narcotics, more is always better, but not with Suboxone, it's hard to explain why and the chemistry behind it.

The low grade fever...I wouldnt think that has anything to do with the Suboxone...atleast not that I've ever heard of, maybe your just coming down with something, could be the reason behind the fatigue call your suboxone doctor and ask what they think, and if it's nothing to do with the medication then go to your GP to see if maybe your coming down with something, the flu is going around....could just be bad timing, that happens to me all the time.

Well if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask me, I've been taking Suboxone for 18 months for chronic pain and I've done alot of research on it, I own a libary on books and pamplets and other stuff on Suboxone, I even have 2 pins and stickers that tell people at ask me about help if they're dependant on narcotics lol....


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