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A 31-year-old member asked:

what can i expect being 16 days off methadone (after 7 yrs) and 1st day of suboxone?

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Dr. Mahaveer Mukkamalla
Specializes in Family Medicine
May be withdrawal: You might experience some opioid withdrawal effects such as sweating, headaches etc. It depends on the dose of Methadone you were on too.
Dr. Allen Fein
Specializes in Family Medicine
A very good day!: You probaby will not have any problem. The Methadone after 16 days is almost entirely out of your system. Any craving for opioids will be handled by Suboxone within one hour of starting this safe medication. Normally Methadone is a challenge when starting suboxone, because of its long staying power in the patient, but after 16 days, you should be a star. Great way to deal head on addiction!
Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry 35 years experience
CONGRATS!!: You should be alright with over 2 weeks of being off Methadone but it will depend on high the dose was that you stopped. Hopefully you tapered and so it should be really smooth. Stick with the program. It works and should be better than with the methadone.

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I been off methadone for 5 days. Starting Suboxone maintance tomorrow. Will the blocker in Suboxone make me feel sick if methadone is still in me?

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Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry 35 years experience
YES!!!: Unfortunately the half life of Methadone is extremely long so chances are it is not completely out of your system in 5 days depending on the last dose. The opiate blocker in Suboxone will kick off the rest of the methadone. But good for you on switching it will be way better in the long term!
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I just got out of a six day detox from opiods, the put me on a methadone taper . I ate 5mg of methadone at 6am. can I take 2mg of Suboxone now?

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Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Probably not: Why are you taking Suboxone and methadone? They're very rarely used together. The problem with methadone is that the bioavailability & half-life of the parent drug is notoriously unpredictable. So without knowing your complete history - the combination of the 2 opioids might precipitate respiratory depression. Good luck!

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