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How long does it take to come off suboxone?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Suboxone: This really depends on the dose you are using right now. Usually dose reductions are done every 1-2 weeks as long as you are stable.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
It's Multifactorial: It depends on about five factors. 1) how long the person took opiates. 2) what they took and how strong it is. 3) how much the person took per day. 4) the route in which they took opiates, i.e. By orally, intranasally or intravenously. 5) whether there is a family history. All of these factors seem to play a role in how long a person may need to stay on suboxone. It depends on the individual.
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Depends...: For someone who has taken Suboxone for maintenance? There is no consistent agreement on the way to stop most providers would advise a slow taper after other supports (therapy, support groups, etc.) are structured and being used. There are as many taper schedules as there are providers. Most patients can taper faster from the higher doses but have to slow down as they get to low dose.
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Depends: Depends on Dose? If someone wants to replace with other treatment option? If its maintenance treatment/ harm reduction approach for addiction reasons what's person's plans are to replace Suboxone with ? For example : Psychological therapy/ Support group. Individual metabolism ? with doctor's guidance usually slow reduction helps and shows better results.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long before i can take Suboxone after heroin?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
As your doctor Rx'ed: Take it the way your doctor prescribed it. If it was diverted to you than that's a mute point. Go on suboxone.Com and educate yourself. Basically, you want to be in a state of moderately severe withdrawal. Look up clinical opiate withdrawal scale. Induction can be tricky & suggest seeing a doctor + you need education on od prevention in case of relapse.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long after heroin is it safe to take suboxone?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
Depends: On how much you are taking. Small amounts can go immediately onto the drug. Very large amounts require up to twenty four hours and there can be precipitated withdrawal even then.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does Suboxone take to fully kick in?

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Dr. Aron Tendler
Psychiatry 19 years experience
45minutes-2days: The answer to this is complicated. When you start the Suboxone you are started on low dose because there is still some regular opiate (i.e. Oxycodone) in you. You should notice the initial 2mg in 45 minutes, after two days on Suboxone you can be on the normal dose (16mg a day) and you should notice the benefit that day.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long does the new Suboxone take to kick in?

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Dr. Julia Irwin
Psychiatry 26 years experience
peaks fast: Peak plasma time is 1.53-1.72 hours. When introducing Suboxone it is done over several days. Day 1: dosed up to 8mg day 2: based on withdrawal symptoms present. Doses not to exceed 16m sl.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Suboxone: how long should you take this before it gets dangerous?

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Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Suboxone: You should be in a treatment program monitored closely by the doctor who is prescribing it and some psychological support. There's no particular reason to think of it as dangerous. Once on it it's a very safe drug. Getting off it should be a slow steady process. Stopping abruptly will probably end in some pretty pretty severe withdrawal symptoms. www.brianlynchmd.com.

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