A treatment plan to help you taper off Suboxone safely can be developed and supported by your prescriber.
Suboxone Taper: Reduction of Dose
Although treatment plans may slightly vary from one individual patient to another, the recommended Suboxone taper daily dose reduction is often no more than 25%, with no more than a 4mg reduction per day.
Length of Tapering Schedule
Tapering plans can also vary in length. So while one plan may reduce each Suboxone dose on a daily basis, another plan may reduce each Suboxone dose every two or three days.
These differing dose reduction schedules mean that the Suboxone tapering plan for one person might end up being 28 days or longer – while for another person, the tapering plan might be as short as seven days.
Which Suboxone Tapering Plan is Best?
Interestingly, one study published in 2009 in the journal called Addiction set out to evaluate if the length of the Suboxone tapering plan made any difference in the plan’s effectiveness in keeping patients clean.
It turns out that there appeared to be no significant difference in effectiveness between the 7-day and the 28-day tapering plans. What was found, however, was that there seemed to be greater patient satisfaction at the end of the 3-month follow-up for patients who underwent the longer tapering plan of 28 days.
Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms
If you have been regularly taking Suboxone and suddenly stop taking it without any period of tapering off the medication, you may experience some of the following typical opioid withdrawal symptoms:
- Drug cravings
- Moodiness: anxiety, fear of withdrawal, depression.
- Stomach cramps
- Runny nose, watery eyes, sweating.
- Restlessness, insomnia, yawning.
- Fever, chills
- Muscle spasms, joint pain, tremors
- Nausea, vomiting
- Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
While these withdrawal symptoms may be uncomfortable, they are rarely lethal. If you’d like a more comfortable experience as you withdraw from Suboxone, however, professional opioid detox treatment programs can help you gradually reduce the level of Suboxone in your system. These programs also provide helpful resources for preventing drug relapse.
I Can’t Stand the Side Effects of Suboxone. What Should I Do?
Perhaps you are looking to get off of Suboxone because you can’t tolerate the side effects you may be experiencing from Suboxone.
Serious Side Effects
If you experience any of these alarming side effects, you should contact your doctor immediately:
- Irregular or Difficult breathing
- Pale lips, fingernails or skin
- Lower side or back pain
- Trouble or pain urinating
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Fever, chills
- Cough, hoarseness
- Redness or warmth on the skin
Common Side Effects of Tapering Off Suboxone
Like any other prescription drug, Suboxone can produce side effects that aren’t necessarily dangerous – but side effects that are simply uncomfortable The discomfort from these side effects may make you decide that you don’t want to continue taking the medication Here are some of the more common side effects from taking Suboxone you may experience:
- Stomach pain
- Nausea, vomiting
- Trouble with having bowel movements
- Physical weakness
- Difficulty sleeping
If you can’t tolerate the side effects of Suboxone, contact your healthcare provider to discuss your treatment plan options and strategy for tapering off of Suboxone. Stopping Suboxone without any medical supervision is not recommended, and you’re more likely to successfully recover from Suboxone dependency if you get help with the detox and rehabilitation process by addiction professionals. Tapering off of Suboxone in a sober house environment can only increase the probability of success.