Instructions for tapering with the Rx film cutting guide
Rx Film Cutting Guide Video Tutorial:
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SUBOXONE TAPER PLAN:
- When starting your Suboxone dose at 16 and 8mgs, reduce your increments by 1mg until you get to 4mgs.
- After you reach 4mg, reduce your increments by 0.25mgs until you get to 2mgs. At 2mgs, your body will be more sensitive to the reduction in doses. You'll need to start your gradual taper, reducing by 5-6%.
- When you're at 2mgs, start reducing your doses by .063mgs, as shown above with the 8mg films, until you reach 0.5mgs. This will result in 24 dose reductions. Remain at each dose for 1-2 weeks. This will slow down the taper process, but the reduction in withdrawal symptoms will be worth it.
- Once you get to 0.5mgs, it's beneficial to get 2mg films so you can reduce your doses by .015mgs. If you're unable to get 2mg films, remain are each dose longer so your body can adjust. Reduce your doses by .015mgs until you're down to zero. By reducing your doses by .015mgs, the Suboxone levels will reduce gradually so you'll never have a large dip in Suboxone levels, which is what causes withdrawal symptoms. This will result in 16 dose reductions.
- Once you're down to zero, take your dose every other day for 1 week. Then take it every 2 days for 1 week. Then every 3 days for 1 week, which results in only 2 doses. Then take one final dose and your finished!
- Patience and a thought out gradual taper plan will ensure your withdrawals are reduced, if not eliminated. If you can't wait 1 week between dose reductions, you can reduce the amount of days between each reduction, but if you start to fill the withdrawal symptoms, you should space it back out.
- The goal is to reduce your doses gradually so the levels of Suboxone in your body is reduced gradually. Download the Rx Film Cutting Guide to start your Suboxone Taper Plan.
TAPER Tips and tricks:
- Everyone is different, so it's up to you and your doctor to plan your taper accordingly.
- It's very beneficial to create a calender and spreadsheet to properly plan out your taper. You don't want a firm deadline to jump off, but you should keep track of your doses and how long you've been on each one.
- At higher doses you can jump between mg increments without feeling many, if any withdrawal effects, but as your doses get lower, you should stay at each dose for at least 1-2 weeks so your body can adjust to the reduced dose. As you get below 1mg, I encourage you to stay even longer. The longer you draw out the taper, the more your body will adapt to the lower doses.
- Dividing your daily dose into multiple doses throughout the day can help reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
- Exercise and healthy eating help keep your body in peak performance to heal as you reduce your doses.
- Taking a high quality multivitamin will provide your body and mind with the essential ingredients to repair itself while you reduce your doses.
- Additional supplements with amino acids will give your body the building blocks needed to help the repair process. The combination of L-Tyrosine and B-6 have been known to help with the healing process of the brain's neurotransmitters which are greatly effected with addiction.
- Talk to you doctor about getting several prescription medications to help with the RLS (Restless leg syndrome), high blood pressure and sleep when you get to low doses and decide to jump off.
- Several over the counter medications such as, Imodium, Benadryl, Aleve, NyQuil also help reduce the withdrawal symptoms at lower doses and when jumping off.