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Quitting Heroin with Suboxone
 
If youíre not able to quit heroin cold turkey or warm turkey for whatever the reason may be, then whatever you do, donít give up and donít slow down now - move on to plan C:
Quitting heroin with Suboxone.

If you canít do it cold turkey, or warm turkey, then do it with Suboxone. Because anything is better than doing nothing at all. And while the thought of trading one drug for another may seem senseless to some - sometimes, itís necessary, and can become very helpful as well.

And in the end, Suboxone just might save your life or the lives of your loved ones as well.
  What is Suboxone
Suboxone is a semi-synthetic opioid medication which is prescribed to help addicts quit heroin and opiate addiction. And believe it or not, it works! Suboxone works.

Suboxone comes in the form of small orange tablets or small film strips, both of which can be placed under the tongue to dissolve and enter the blood stream as quickly as possible.
 
   And when taken correctly, it can reduce and eliminate most and even all withdrawals symptoms when coming off of heroin. Furthermore, when taken for a short period of time, itís possible to taper down and come off of Suboxone without feeling too much discomfort at all.
     
 
Suboxone comes in 2mg and 8mg strength levels. However, 8mg tablets and film strips are more commonly used and prescribed.

Suboxone, consist of Buprenorphine
combined with Naloxone. Buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist) is the good part of Suboxone and is similar to other opioids such as morphine, codeine and heroin. However, it produces a less euphoric "high", if any high at all.
      
  The euphoric effects of Suboxone can vary from one person to another. Some people may feel a slight buzz after taking suboxone while others may not. And that also depends on the dosage level taken as well. But itís no where near enough to get the same high as they would ever get on heroin or other pain killer drugs. And most people wonít feel anything but a mild calm effect.

Naloxone, an opioid antagonist, is combined with Buprenorphine in order to discourage you from dissolving and injecting the tablets. If Suboxone is injected then it can cause you to go into full severe withdrawal. However, when taken correctly, under the tongue, Naloxone will not affect the effects of Buprenorphine and will allow the Buprenorphine to do its job correctly.
      
  What is Subutex
Subutex, like Suboxone contains the same main ingredient Buprenorphine, which works to reduce and eliminate opiate withdrawals, yet Subutex does not contain Naloxone. And this may be why some users feel much better on Subutex than on Suboxone.

The reason being is because the Naloxone within the Suboxone can make it difficult for the brain to restore endorphin and serotonin levels back to its normal state. Some people are hypersensitive to Naloxone and thatís one of the reasons why they remain depressed, even while on Suboxone.
     
  Furthermore, Naloxone can cause headaches and nausea for some people when using Suboxone. Subutex however, contains only Buprenorphine which is a pain reliever/feel good drug and this may be the reason why many users feel much better when using Subutex instead of Suboxone Ė because Subutex does not contain Naloxone.

Subutex also comes in 2mg and 8mg strengths. And although Subutex is readily available in the U.S., you would have to ask your doctor for Subutex instead of Suboxone. And you can use the argument of Naloxone and depression to win your case. But if your doctor knows that youíre shooting up heroin then the chances of your doctor prescribing you Subutex over Suboxone are slim to none.

In fact, here in the US, most doctors will insist on prescribing Suboxone over Subutex to deter you from shooting up the medication. However, in Europe and in the UK, Subutex is more commonly available and prescribed as well.

NOTE: If youíre going to see a doctor then you may be better off asking for ďgeneric BuprenorphineĒ instead of Suboxone or Subutex. Itís much cheaper and it wonít contain Naloxone.
       
  Suboxone tablets vs Suboxone film strips
Suboxone tablets have been around for many years and have been the standard form of suboxone for quite some time. However, here in the US, suboxone film strips have become readily available and are more popular and effective as well.

And although Suboxone tablets will continue to remain on the market, Suboxone doctors are pushing the film strips over the tablets for several reasons.
 
 
  For one, Suboxone film strips dissolve must faster than suboxone tablets. It normally takes around 10 minutes for a Suboxone tablet to dissolve completely under your tongue. But it only takes about 5 minutes for Suboxone film strips to dissolve completely.

Furthermore, Suboxone film strips do not produce that bitter orange taste which comes with the tablets, which makes the film strips much more tolerable. And best of all, Suboxone film strips can be cut with a scissors making it easier to cut and divide the film strips into smaller pieces in order to reduce dosage levels to taper down and come off of Suboxone completely.


Suboxone tablets however tend to crumble into little pieces and powder and are very difficult to break into perfect 1mg and 2mg peaces, (when splitting 8mg tablets, which is the most common dosages found on the streets). However, Suboxone tablets and film strips both have the same strength and are both just as effective. But youíll be much better off if youíre able to get the film strips instead. NOTE: Suboxone tablets will most likely be phased out soon.
      
  How Suboxone works
  1. When heroin attaches to the opioid receptors, dopamine is released, causing pleasurable feelings to be produced within the body and the brain. Pain is relieved and the heroin high begins almost instantly.
    
     
 
     
     
  2. As heroin leaves the receptors, the heroin high begins to fade away. And within several hours, withdrawal symptoms begin.
     
     
 
     
     
  3. Heroin continues to leave the receptors until you come to the state of full opiate withdrawal. And at this point, you can begin to take your first dosage of Suboxone.
     
     
  
     
      
  4. Buprenorphine, which is the primary active ingredient in Suboxone, attaches to the now empty opioid receptors suppressing withdrawal symptoms and relieving discomfort. However, since Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist it doesnít produce the high associated with heroin.
      
     
 
     
     
  5. The Buprenorphine from the suboxone attaches itself firmly to the opioid receptors. And at a sufficient dosage level Buprenorphine fills most receptors and blocks heroin and other opioids from attaching to those same receptors. And since Buprenorphine has a long half-life, its effects will not wear off so quickly as is the case with heroin.
     
     
 
     
      
  Does Suboxone work for everyone
Yes and no. It can and will reduce withdrawals symptoms but since Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, its opioid effects are limited compared to those produced by full opioid agonists such as heroin or methadone.

Therefore, not everyone is able to obtain complete relief from Suboxone, but most people do. And it also depends on how much you take, i.e. 2mg, 4mg, 8mg, 16mg etc, and how long you wait before taking that first Suboxone dosage. And of course, it also depends on how much heroin you were using before going onto Suboxone.

Furthermore, some people may have an adverse reaction to the Naloxone within the Suboxone and may want to take Subutex instead. And in some cases Suboxone may not even be an option for long term, serious heroin addicts. And in such cases, Methadone, may be the better choice.

Everyone is different and everyone reacts differently to the effects of the Suboxone. But just about everyone is able to obtain help from Suboxone in some form or another. And for most addicts, Suboxone does work.
    
  How to get Suboxone
There are a few ways to obtain Suboxone. And believe it or not, most people get their suboxone off the streets, as this is the only way they're able to get it - because they simply cant afford it any other way. On the street an 8mg Suboxone tablet or film strip can run anywhere from $5 to $15 a piece and sometimes more. And a person can make 1 8mg tablet or film strip last for 2 to 3 days.

At the Methadone clinic: Many methadone clinics are now administering Suboxone as well. And although the majority of people who go to such clinics would much rather get on the methadone, some users opt for Suboxone instead.

When getting Suboxone from a methadone clinic, one has to go by the same rules as for methadone, which means, youíre not going to get a monthly take-home prescription, and youíll have to go to the clinic every day to get your Suboxone dosage until youíve been clean from heroin for some time. Then they can allow you to take home dosages, for example, on the weekends. Although most Suboxone programs are pay as you go, many clinics can place you on a pay scale and partial payment plan as well. But it will always come out much cheaper than seeing a Suboxone doctor. And some state run and subsidized clinics offer Suboxone for free as well, (if you qualify).

Some people may not like the idea of going to a methadone clinic every day because of inconvenience, the environment, the people going there and the stigma that goes along with going to a methadone clinic. But thatís ok. Youíre not there for them. And youíre not there to make friends. Youíre there to get your Suboxone and then go on your way. And you can always wear a hat, a hoodie and a pair of sun glasses.

But beware, for there are drug dealers there as well. Therefore, donít talk to anyone and donít make new friends. All you have to do is just get in, get your dose and get out. It should be over with quickly. And the earlier you get there then the sooner you can get out.
      
To find a local Methadone/Suboxone clinic here in the U.S., simply call the National Substance Abuse Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP and ask them to recommend a free to low cost methadone clinic in your area.

Canada:
To get help finding and locating a free to low cost Suboxone clinic or methadone clinic which disperses Suboxone in Canada, click here now.


United Kingdom: To get help finding and locating a free to low cost Suboxone clinic or methadone clinic which disperses Suboxone in the UK, click here now.

Ireland: To get help finding and locating a free to low cost Suboxone clinic or methadone clinic which disperses Suboxone in Ireland, click here now.

India: To get help finding and locating a free to low cost treatment center in India, click here now. (NOTE: Suboxone clinics may not be readily available in India as they are in other countries but Buprenorphine is and is sold under the brand name ďQudictĒ. Therefore, you can find, contact and visit a local and private family doctor who can provide you with a prescription for ďQudictĒ.)

Australia: To get help finding and locating a free to low cost Suboxone clinic or methadone clinic which disperses Suboxone in Australia, click here now.

New Zealand: To get help finding and locating a free to low cost Suboxone clinic or methadone clinic which disperses Suboxone in New Zealand, click here now.

Contact your local or national, drug treatment guidance and referral service and ask them to help you find a free, (government funded) or low cost Suboxone clinic or methadone clinic which disperses Suboxone in your country. (You may qualify for government funded assistance.)

Contact the clinic, get all the details and procedures and then just go. When you get there, ask them to please start you off at the lowest dosage possible and beg them to wean you down as soon as possible. Make it clear to them that you want to get off the Suboxone and all opiates as quickly as possible and youíll do whatever you have to do to make this happen, which means providing negative drug test results at all times and participating in meetings and counseling sessions as well. Let them know that youíre serious about quitting opiates and turning your life around and that youíre willing to do whatever it takes to do so. And if they see that youíre serious and sincere in the matter then they just might comply.
        
From state or county run hospitals: You can also call or visit your state or county run hospital. If they have a substance abuse program, which many do, then you can get into their outpatient program for free or almost no cost at all. And you can get your prescription from the state hospital pharmacy for as little as $10 per month, (if you qualify). And they can also offer you some free drug-counseling as well.

For more information contact your state or county hospital. Dial 411 and ask the operator for the phone number for your local state or county hospital. Or you can call 1-800-662-HELP and ask for the number and location for your state-funded rehabilitation center. Call them, ask questions and then go.

From a Suboxone doctor: For those of you who do have insurance, or have enough money to cover the costs of the doctorís visits and the Suboxone itself, then a Suboxone doctor can help you get on Suboxone in a convenient and private setting.

You can locate a Suboxone doctor in your area by going to the Suboxone website www.Suboxone.com and using the ďFind a DoctorĒ search option on the right side of the webpage. Type in your zip code and a list of Suboxone doctors will appear on the next page. Then you can start calling those doctors for pricing, procedures and an appointment as well. However, be forewarned that visiting a certified Suboxone doctor can become very expensive. And obtaining Suboxone can be very expensive just as well.

For example, a 1 month supply of Suboxone can cost anywhere from $170 to $400 per month and sometimes more. And you can end up paying $100 to $400 per month for doctor visits as well. (NOTE: You may be able to find discount coupons for your Suboxone prescription at www.Suboxone.com)

Most likely, you will have to be in withdrawal before you can see the doctor and get your take home prescription for Suboxone. And that first prescription may be a 1 to 2 week supply.

The doctor knows very well that if you take your first Suboxone too soon then it can cause you to go into severe withdrawal. Therefore, to avoid such, they have to make sure that you are actually in withdrawal from all opiates before prescribing you Suboxone and placing you on a Suboxone plan. And there are many family doctors that prescribe Suboxone as well, yet do not advertise their services.

When you do see your doctor, tell them the truth. Tell them exactly what youíre doing, how many bags, how long youíve been using, how you use, i.e. snorting, smoking, injecting, etc.. Itís important to be open and honest with your doctor so that they can give you the best help possible. And if you have any questions for the doctor then make sure you write them down as well, before you go in for your appointment. (NOTE: Everything you tell the doctor well be kept private and confidential)
     
  How to take Suboxone
Disclaimer: Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult a physician in all matters relating to your health. Any action taken on your part in response to the information provided on this web site is at the reader's discretion.

NOTE: If at all possible, you may want to start taking some "Milk of Magnesia" a couple of days before starting your Suboxone taper plan in order to let go of some of that constipated waste from within your intestines. Milk of Magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide), is a milky-white liquid medicine that is used as a hydrating laxative and relieves constipation within six hours or less. And doing this before starting your suboxone plan will reduce continual bowel movements.

WARNING: Taking that first Suboxone too soon can cause you to go into severe withdrawal. Opiate receptors in the brain must be free and cleared first before taking your first Suboxone dosage. You must be in withdrawal from heroin and/or any other opiates before taking that first Suboxone tablet or film strip.

And the longer you wait to take that first Suboxone dosage then the more effective that first Suboxone will be, and the less likely you are to go into precipitated withdrawal.

Yes, you can take that first Suboxone when youíre just starting to go into withdrawal, but youíre also taking a chance on taking it too soon. And if you take Suboxone too soon then youíre going to go into severe withdrawal almost immediately. And that withdrawal will be worse than heroin withdrawal itself. Therefore, the longer you wait, then the safer youíll be.

The waiting period from your last intake of heroin or other opiates till your first Suboxone dosage will vary depending on the drug(s) youíre using. For example:

Heroin: 24 hours or more (or when in full and complete withdrawal)

NOTE: For some people, even 24 hours might be too soon. You might have to wait 30 hours or more while others may only have to wait 15 hours or so. Everyone is different and results will vary from person to person. But the longer you wait, then the better for you.

Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycodone, Oxycontin: 24 hours or more (or when in full or complete withdrawal)

Methadone: Reduce methadone dosage to 30mg daily for 5 to 7 days and then stop the methadone and wait 48-72 hours (2-3 Days) (or when in full and complete withdrawal)

And during this waiting period, you can not take any type of opiate drugs which include: Tramadol, Morphine, Codeine, Dilaudid, Fentanyl, Methadone, Percocet, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Meperidine, and of course, heroin. You can not use any of these drugs during the waiting period nor while taking Suboxone as well. Therefore, you will have to go through a struggle for the first 24 hours. But donít worry Ė help is on the way.

(NOTE: Itís also important to remember not to panic if you donít feel better right away after taking that first suboxone tablet or film strip. Because some times, it can take up to 60 minutes to feel much better, for some. So whatever you do, donít panic; hang in there (in the hot tub), and wait for the Suboxone to take affect and do its job.)

(NOTE: If you experience precipitated withdrawal then you can take an additional 2mg of suboxone or subutex every hour on the hour until symptoms reduce or go away completely. And this may take only 1 more 2mg dosage. In other words, if you go into precipitated withdrawals after your first 2mg or 4mg dosage then wait one hour to see if the precipitated withdrawals go away by themselves, which many times they do. It just takes time for the Buprenorphine (Suboxone) to kick out the rest of the heroin from those receptors and land and attach itself to those same receptors. But if the withdrawals donít go away within 1 hour of your first administration then taking an addition 2mg should help.
   
  Don't take any other drugs while taking Suboxone
Itís also important to remember that if youíre taking any other type of pain medications along with Suboxone then there could be a negative drug interaction as well. For example, taking suboxone while taking pain meds such as Mobic and/or Seroquel can cause a negative interaction. In fact, if youíre taking any other medications at all then it would be best to ask your doctor or do some research first to make sure that there are no known negative interactions with Suboxone and whatever other medications youíre taking.)
 

Suboxone should be taken one time per day, preferably in the morning.


Suboxone is a sublingual medication which needs to be placed under the tongue in order to be absorbed into the bloodstream. And before administering Suboxone, you might want to drink a little water to help moisten your mouth which will help the Suboxone film strip or tablet dissolve more easily.

Then carefully place the Suboxone film or tablet under your tongue close to the bottom on either side. (If youíre placing a film strip under your tongue then make sure your hands are dry first and with your fingers carefully hold the film by the outside edges of the film strip and place it under your tongue.)
     
 
Taking Suboxone film Taking Suboxone tablets
       
     
  If youíre going to take 2 tablets or 2 film strips then place one on each side, under your tongue. If youíre taking 2 film strips then try not to let them touch each other so that they wonít get stuck together making it harder for the strips to dissolve.

Once youíve placed the film strip or tablet under your tongue, then close your mouth and leave it there. Give it time to dissolve completely (5 to 10 minutes). And during this time, donít talk, donít chew and donít swallow, (not yet).

You may want to sit up and look at a magazine so that you can keep your headed titled forward just a bit to prevent saliva from going down your throat while the Suboxone is dissolving.

Whatever is left over after the tablet or film strip has dissolved completely, can be swallowed. (NOTE: Some people report headaches and nausea after swallowing the leftover orange saliva from Suboxone tablets. If you experience headaches and/or nausea after swallowing the left over saliva then you may want to try spitting out the left over saliva after 15 minutes to ensure complete absorption of the Buprenorphine.)

After absorption is complete, and your mouth is empty from the left over saliva, then try to relax for 10 to 15 minutes without doing anything. Donít rinse, donít brush your teeth and donít drink water. Donít do anything. Just relax.
     
  Induction
For some, induction may work best starting off at 4mg and then taking 2mg of Suboxone every hour until you become stable or at least to the point to where you can handle the mild withdrawals and function like a normal human being. And believe it or not, with Suboxone, sometimes, less is better.

For example, you can take your first induction dosage of 4mg at 8:00am. If within 1 hour or so youíre still feeling strong withdrawals then you can take another 2mg dosage at 9:00am. If within another hour or so, your withdrawals are mild or minimal then you might want to stay at a total of 6mg. But if youíre still feeling bad then you can take another 2mg and stay at 8mg. Although many people are able to get by on only 4mg of suboxone each day for the first 3 days and then jump ship completely. By then the worst is over and the heroin is out of your system. (NOTE: Heavy users in poor health may need to begin with higher dosages. i.e. 6mg, 8mg).

And if you feel that starting off at 4mg is too low then you can start off at 6mg and then take 2mg within 1 hour if youíre still feeling bad.

Most people can expect to feel some or complete relief from withdrawals within 30 to 40 minutes from your first 4mg or 6mg induction. And most people feel even better after another dose of 2mg as well. It just depends on how bad your habit was and how long youíve been using. And youíll know soon enough what works best for you.

However, some users donít want to wait around and experiment with induction adding just 2mg every hour and therefore may choose to take their first dosage at 8mg.

But if you have the patience to do so, then you might want to start off at 4mg first, and then wait an hour and take another 2mg to see how you feel. You might feel better that way instead of taking an 8mg sub all at once. But of course, thatís up to you. And again, everyone is different.
       
  Suboxone taper and use plans
This website will only promote short term use of pharmaceutical drugs when drugs such as suboxone and methadone are used to help people get off of heroin. Long term use of suboxone is not only pro-longed slavery, but also damaging to your mental, emotional and physical health as well.

However, I do realize however that there are people who need more time to get their lives straightened out while on the Suboxone drug. But even so, the goal should be to get off this stuff as soon as possible in order to avoid long-term damage and Suboxone addiction.

Long term Suboxone use can turn into life long horror stories. However, the sooner you taper and come off of this drug, then the lower the likelihood of developing Buprenorphine HCl dependence (Suboxone addiction). In which case, you wont be able to live and function without it.

Therefore, this website will always promote the use of suboxone as a short term crutch for 2 to 4 weeks, 8 weeks tops. But if you need to go past that, for whatever the reason may be, then thatís entirely up to you.

Some people need to be on Suboxone long enough to get used to living without heroin in their lives and learn how to live in a civilized manner. And for some people, that takes time. But the sooner you get off this stuff then the sooner you can begin to feel your normal mind and body once again, and thatís the dream Ė to be normal Ė to be free.
     
  Splitting tablets and cutting film strips
When it comes time to taper down, youíll need to split tablets or cut strips. And you can carefully cut and split 8mg tablets into 4mg and 2mg pieces with a razor blade.

But when it comes to splitting tablets into smaller 1mg and .5mg pieces, you may need to crush the tablet on a mirror and divide the little powdered mountains into even 1mg and .5mg piles. Then pick up your 1mg or .5mg pile with an index card and pour it under your tongue. Cover and store the remaining piles of Suboxone powder in a safe, cool and dry space.

Film strips however can be easily cut into many even pieces or slices with a scissors. Simply cut the strip in half. Then cut that half into another half. Then cut those halves into more halves etc.
     
  Getting Started
Once you have your Suboxone film strips or tablets in your possession, and know how to take them, then itís time to start quitting heroin, and start taking subs.

The following taper and use plans are based upon length of days and how many Suboxone tablets or film strips youíre able to obtain. Most addicts are broke and therefore can only obtain 2 to 3 film strips or tablets at the most. And sometimes, depending on where you live and who you know, finding enough Suboxone tablets or film strips can become difficult as well.

And although induction and stabilization is important, itís not easy to do so when you only have a few tablets or film strips on hand. And although some people may still feel slight to mild withdrawals starting off on 4mg, it wonít be anywhere as bad as going cold turkey or warm turkey as well.

The main thing you have to worry about when working with a few Suboxone film strips or tablets, is getting through the first 3 to 4 days of your heroin detox. After that, you will survive.

(NOTE: The Suboxone tablet and film strip images below are not the actual size of the real product and are used for illustration purposes only. The actual Suboxone tablets and film strips are slightly larger)
     
  Suboxone taper and use plans starting off at 4mg
    
 
3-Day Sub Plan: Requires 1 8mg Suboxone tablet or 1 8mg Suboxone film strip:
Day 1: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 2: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 3: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 4: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
     
     
 
3-Day ER Alternative: Requires 2 1/2 8mg Suboxone tablets or 2 1/2 8mg Suboxone film strips:
Day 1: 8mg (full tablet) (full film strip)      
Day 2: 4mg (in the AM) (half film strip) 4mg in the PM
Day 3: 2mg (in the AM) (quarter film strip) 2mg in the PM
Day 4: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
    
    
 
**3-Day 4mg Plan: Requires 1 1/2 8mg Suboxone tablets or 1 1/2 8mg Suboxone film strips:**
Day 1: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)      
Day 2: 4mg (in the AM) (half film strip)      
Day 3: 4mg (in the AM) (half film strip)      
Day 4: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
    
    
 
5-Day Sub Plan: Requires 2 8mg Suboxone tablets or 2 8mg Suboxone film strips:
Day 1: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 2: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 3: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 4: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 5: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 6: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
     
     
 
6-Day Sub Plan: Requires 2 8mg Suboxone tablets or 2 8mg Suboxone film strips:
Day 1: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 2: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 3: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 4: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 5: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 6: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 7: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
     
     
 
7-Day Sub Plan: Requires 2 8mg Suboxone tablets or 2 8mg Suboxone film strips:
Day 1: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 2: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 3: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 4: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 5: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 6: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 7: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 8: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
     
      
 
14-Day Sub Plan: Requires 3 8mg Suboxone tablets or 3 8mg Suboxone film strips:
Day 1: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 2: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 3: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 4: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 5: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 6: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 7: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 8: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 9: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 10: Skip, no subs        
Day 11: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 12: Skip, no subs        
Day 13: Skip, no subs        
Day 14: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 15: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
     
     
 
16-Day Sub Plan: Requires 4 8mg Suboxone tablets or 4 8mg Suboxone film strips:
Day 1: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 2: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 3: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 4: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 5: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 6: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 7: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 8: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 9: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 10: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 11: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 12: Skip, no subs        
Day 13: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 14: Skip, no subs        
Day 15: Skip, no subs        
Day 16: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 17: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
     
     
 
25-Day Sub Plan: Requires 5 8mg Suboxone tablets or 5 8mg Suboxone film strips:
Day 1: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 2: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 3: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 4: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 5: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 6: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 7: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 8: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 9: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 10: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 11: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 12: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 13: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 14: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 15: Skip, no subs        
Day 16: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 17: Skip, no subs        
Day 18: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 19: Skip, no subs        
Day 20: Skip, no subs        
Day 21: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 22: Skip, no subs        
Day 23: Skip, no subs        
Day 24: Skip, no subs        
Day 25: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 26: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
     
     
  Suboxone taper and use plans starting off at 8mg
     
 
32-Day Sub Plan: Requires 9 8mg Suboxone tablets or 9 8mg Suboxone film strips:
Day 1: 8mg (full tablet) (complete film strip)  
Day 2: 8mg (full tablet) (complete film strip)  
Day 3: 8mg (full tablet) (complete film strip)  
Day 4: 8mg (full tablet) (complete film strip)  
Day 5: 6mg (3/4 tablet) (3/4 film strip)  
Day 6: 6mg (3/4 tablet) (3/4 film strip)  
Day 7: 6mg (3/4 tablet) (3/4 film strip)  
Day 8: 6mg (3/4 tablet) (3/4 film strip)  
NOTE: Youíll have 4 2mg pieces leftover. Use those 2mg pieces for Days 13, 14, 15, 16)  
Day 9: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 10: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 11: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 12: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 13: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 14: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 15: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 16: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 17: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 18: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 19: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 20: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 21: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 22: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 23: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 24: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)   
Day 22: Skip, no subs        
Day 23: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)   
Day 24: Skip, no subs        
Day 25: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)   
Day 26: Skip, no subs        
Day 27: Skip, no subs        
Day 28: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 29: Skip, no subs        
Day 30: Skip, no subs        
Day 31: Skip, no subs        
Day 32: .5mg (1/10 tablet)  (1/10 film strip)  
Day 33: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
     
     
 
40-Day Sub Plan: Requires 14 8mg Suboxone tablets or 14 8mg Suboxone film strips:
Day 1: 8mg (full tablet) (complete film strip)  
Day 2: 8mg (full tablet) (complete film strip)  
Day 3: 8mg (full tablet) (complete film strip)  
Day 4: 8mg (full tablet) (complete film strip)  
Day 5: 8mg (full tablet) (complete film strip)  
Day 6: 6mg (3/4 tablet) (3/4 film strip)  
Day 7: 6mg (3/4 tablet) (3/4 film strip)  
Day 8: 6mg (3/4 tablet) (3/4 film strip)  
Day 9: 6mg (3/4 tablet) (3/4 film strip)  
Day 10: 6mg (3/4 tablet) (3/4 film strip)  
Day 11: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 12: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 13: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 14: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 15: 4mg (half tablet) (half film strip)  
Day 16: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 17: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 18: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 19: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 20: 2mg (quarter tablet) (quarter film strip)  
Day 21: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 22: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 23: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 24: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 25: 1mg (1/8 tablet) (1/8 film strip)  
Day 26: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 27: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 28: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 29: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 30: Skip, no subs        
Day 31: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 32: Skip, no subs        
Day 33: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 34: Skip, no subs        
Day 35: Skip, no subs        
Day 36: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 37: Skip, no subs        
Day 38: Skip, no subs        
Day 39: Skip, no subs        
Day 40: .5mg (1/10 tablet) (1/10 film strip)  
Day 41: Stop the subs: Use Dayquil or Nyquil and Valerian Root Capsules
     
     
  Higher Suboxone dosages
Higher dosages are simply not necessary for most, if anyone at all. However, if you have to start off at 12mg, 14mg or 16mg then you can follow the same method as outlined above, inducting at 2mg or 4mg every hour for 2 to 3 hours until you reach stability.

Or, you can take that first 12mg or 16mg stabilization dosage all at once. (Although 8mg is more than enough for most). Then taper down by 2mg every 4, 5 to 6 days, whichever way works best for you, and/or according to how may Suboxones you have on hand.
     
  And then once you get down to 1mg or even .5mg then start skipping days for 1, 2 and 3 days and then jump ship completely with the help of over-the-counter meds, (if necessary).
       
  Tapering, skipping days and jumping off
When it comes time to taper, no matter which plan you follow, itís important to start drinking as much water as you can on a daily basis. Drinking water is vital to your detox from heroin and Suboxone as well.

Just by drinking water, you can begin to detoxify your brain and body while also becoming energized. And the more water you drink then the less discomfort youíll feel each time to drop in dosages.

Your mind will feel better. Your bones will feel better. Your muscles will feel better. Your whole body will feel better when you start and keep drinking water.

And when it comes time to skipping days, itís important to keep yourself busy and distracted so as not to think about it so much. Drink water, stay active and you can also take Valerian Root capsules at night to help relieve anxiety.

But when it comes time to jumping off Suboxone completely, itís important to remember that it may not be over yet. Just because you may not feel withdrawals on that last day, doesnít mean itís over.

Suboxone has a half life of 40 to 60 hours which means that you can be fine the first day you jump off Suboxone but you can also start feeling slight withdrawals within 24 to 48 hours.

And if that happens then don't worry and don't panic. It will all be over with shortly. And in the mean time, start drinking as much water as you can and get active. Go for walks, go to the park, just to walk around. And you can take OTC meds as well. But don't worry. You can do this.
       
 
You can quit this drug, once and for all.

If you really want it, then you can do it. But you have to want it.

You have to want to be free in order to succeed. You have to want a better life in order to have one.

And with or without Suboxone, you can do this. You can quit this thing and turn your life around.

And quitting heroin will be the best thing that you ever do with your life, no matter how you do it.

Now you know what to do. And now you know how to do it. All you have to do now is just do it.

Get the subs, quit heroin, and turn your life around.

Good luck. And may the good force be with you --->..
 
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