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how long after stopping suboxone does someone have to wait before narcotic painkillers become effective?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
27 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: The answer varies upon the individual's physiology and body habitus.
Answered on Dec 4, 2016
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Dr. Momen El Nesr
38 years experience Addiction Medicine
24 to 36 hours: Suboxone will be out of the system after 24 to 36 hours. Patients with opioid addiction should be not using any narcotic painkillers after stopping Suboxone as it triggers and activates the craving for narcotics, .
Answered on Mar 4, 2018
Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
It depends: It depends on how high of a dose of Suboxone the person was taking per day. A small amount may take one or two days and a higher dose maybe longer. You should know that taking Suboxone over time tends to reduce one's tolerance for narcotic painkillers. A person who has been on Suboxone may take their usual high dose of painkillers and quit breathing because they thought they could handle it & die.
Answered on Feb 18, 2015
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