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A 41-year-old member asked:

can you tell me how long do suboxone withdrawals last?

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Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Suboxone withdrawal: This is a very difficult question in my experience it varies extremely from several weeks to several months if nothing is done to lessen the symptoms there are ways to minimize the withdrawal. If you have the choice the best way is to come off the Suboxone very very slowly over many months.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do Suboxone tapers work?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Slowly: Tapering off suboxone(a combination of 2 potent medicine in and of themselves) is something that should be done slowly; and under the guidance of an addiction medicine specialist. Tapering too quickly has it's own 'side-effects', and the tendency to relapse grows greatly. Best of luck!
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A 26-year-old member asked:

I've been takeing saboxone for over a year its not causing long term damage if I keep takeing it indefanitly is it?

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Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox answered
Psychiatry 14 years experience
No: I am not aware of any long term damage. However, you may still want to consider a very slow taper for practical reasons.
A 25-year-old male asked:

Is Suboxone statistically considered to help please the addict taking it or is it just a poor excuse to make money on as well as enable the user?

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Dr. Jeffrey Junig
Psychiatry 33 years experience
It is a great tool.: As a recovering physician who treats addiction, i used to be all about the steps. But opioid dependence kills many young people. Suboxone has unique properties that eliminate the obsession to use opioids, allowing patients on it to feel normal. The best view is to see it as a 'remission agent'. As for money, if it was a great deal for docs, there wouldn't be a shortage of prescribers.
A 18-year-old member asked:

Someone I know shoots up soboxone, or bup and he's addicted to it. How can he get off of it?

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Dr. Glen Z. Brooks
Addiction Medicine 48 years experience
Suboxone Detox: Suboxone is, perhaps, even more addictive than heroin or prescription pain meds. It also has greater binding to opiate receptors, making "cold turkey" detox so difficult that most patients relapse before completion. Anesthesia assisted rapid opiate detox is a safe alternative to withdrawal that detoxes patients painlessly under deep sedation in hours as opposed to days.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I mitigate the symptoms of Suboxone withdrawl!?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Depends...: Check with your prescribing md. If you are having withdrawal symptoms because you are trying to come off Suboxone you may be weaning yourself off too rapidly in which case you should taper more gradually. Clonidine can help many of the symptoms. Non opioid pain meds.

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