Hi JB welcome to the forum. It's great you want to get off methadone. Congratulations on getting down to 50mg methadone.
Than you for sharing with us your drug use. I'm so glad you are here today alive to share your story.
My understanding is to switch from methadone to subs ideally you need to be at 30mg of methadone. Also before starting subs a person must be in withdrawl to avoid precipitated withdrawls. (I just thought it best to add this in case you don't know or someone reading these posts thinks of doing this and does not know)
Methadone is also very potent and can be difficult to work out a conversion.
Switching from methadone to subs is changing from one opiate to another, ( I do understand methadone is a full agonist while sub is a partial). So your body is still going to be dependant on opiates. JB so where you have mentioned addiction to subs starts after using same after 21 days, I don't think applies in your case, because you are already taking methadone.
We all have something in common.. looking for the least withdrawl symptoms possible. Who wouldn't be?!
Are you planning on switching from methadone to subs and tapering through your clinic or doing this yourself?
The only way you will have the least withdrawl symptoms possible is by doing a long slow taper, much longer then what you are planning.
We can't give you a taper plan here....What we can and will do is support you through your journey.
JB its also a good idea to have support readily available. Are you in a recovery group such as NA/AA or seeing a therapist? If not please really think about doing so.
There are many here who have successfully tapered from methadone and suboxone. They will want to help you too.
You can do this. It is amazing to be set free from the liquid handcuffs or whatever it is that has a hold of you.
It does not have to be a life sentence!!!!!
Best decision, to switch from dones to sub. Only my oppinion. Subutex is my miracle drug. There are so many reasons to switch, if you have the chance, take it.sub def saved my life, dones were notworking. Subutex did everything it has suposed to. I take 2 8mg subling. A 1... it works great. No withdral symtoms, better life, learned to value my family, i have also been able to quit ciggs and alcohol.. i truly think for the right person. Subutex is the answer.
Hi JB, great to hear from you. Thank you for sharimg your medical history. JB with your diabetes and hypertension being as unstable as it is, if you are planning on going onto subs and detoxing yourself, please don't.
If you are doing this with the support of your dr how many mgs of methadone do you plan on going down to before you try the sub route? Where are you getting the subs from? Will they be prescribed or are you buying them?
JB I know you badly want off methadone, I really do. You need though to understand that if you go from methadone to subs that you will still be taking an opiate. Your body will not recognise you are taking subs, (well it will if you are not in withdrawls when starting subs) other then that your body will be addictes to the subs, because you are switching to another opiate. So you are trading one opiate for another. Also if you are going to switch to subs you will need your methadone dose converted to the equal doseage of suboxone otherwise you will go into withdrawal.
What is making you want to go onto subs, rather then continue to taper down as you are on methadone? If you are not tolerating the drop, it might be a good idea to go longer between each drop.
I'm sorry for your financial situation. Im guessing you are receiving all the assistance you are able. I'm from Australia we are very fortunate to have the health care we have here. Most people on the forum are from the USA you never know they may have some ideas where you could seek help. I know a good diet is vital when you have diabetes.
Look forward to hearing from you.