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are suboxone withdrawals better than roxy withdrawals?

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Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Depends: There is no answer. This is variable from patient to patient. Suboxone is used to help detox from opioid dependence and addiction. If successful, withdrawal from oxycodone should be minimal and then you can be gradually weaned from the Suboxone to limit withdrawal in order to be free from the dependency.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
Not necessarily: I have heard patients tell me that Suboxone withdrawal is not as bad and have also heard it's worse. It depends on from how high of a dose one is stopping whatever opiate they've been taking. It is much easier and safer to try and gradually decrease the opiate dose until one is stopping from a very low dose and not a higher dose. The higher the dose, the worse the withdrawal when stopping.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Chris Sadeh
19 years experience Emergency Medicine
Suboxone : withdrawals will last longer, due to the very long half-life of suboxone. A medically supervised taper will help manage this, but expect a long course. Roxy withdrawals are also miserable, not usually medically managed, but can be limited to a week's time due to the much shorter half-life. Of course, the immediate detox / withdrawal is only the first part of a successful recovery.
Answered on Aug 22, 2017

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