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How long will i need to be on Suboxone in order to comfortably withdrawal from methadone? I want to be normal asap.

How long will  i need to be on Suboxone  in order to comfortably withdrawal from methadone? I want to be normal asap.

Depends: It all depends on how long you were on Methadone and what dosage you were taking. Methadone unfortunately stays in the body for a long time, so it takes awhile to detox. Also, you can have side effects, like seizures, if you do it too fast, so i would definitely recommend going slower rather than rapidly, just to be safe. ...Read more

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Methadone (Definition)

Methadone is a synthetic opiate used for pain control and in the rehabilitation of opiate addicts. Methadone used in rehabilitation relieves craving, suppresses withdrawal symptoms, and blocks the euphoric effects associated with ...Read more


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I want to stop taking methadone iam on 125mg I want to switch to Suboxone as soon as possible how can it be done with no withdrawals?

I want to stop taking methadone iam on 125mg I want to switch to Suboxone as soon as possible how can it be done with no withdrawals?

Very Complicated: The guidelines for switching someone from Methadone to suboxone are complicated and very specific. You need to be down to 30 mgs of Methadone per day for at least one week, then completely off Methadone for at least another week before taking the first dose of suboxone. Otherwise, taking suboxone will cause severe opiate withdrawal symptoms. Methadone stays in the body a very long time. ...Read more

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What's the length of physical withdrawal symptoms from heroin, and which is worse-heroin, suboxone, of methadone-in terms of withdrawal duration and intensity?

There is no 1 answer: because there is enormous variability between people and all of these opioids (and others). However, in general heroin and other short-acting drugs produce a 5-10 day acute withdrawal, usually worst at 24-72 hours and is VERY severe&then improves, but a post-acute withdrawal which is milder but can last months. Buprenorphine is milder than methadone;both peak at 72 hours but can last many weeks. ...Read more

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I'm currently on 18mgs of suboxone. I was wondering how bad the withdrawal from suboxone is? Compared to methadone or opiate withdrawal?

I'm currently on 18mgs of suboxone. I was wondering how bad the withdrawal from suboxone is? Compared to methadone or opiate withdrawal?

Opiate withdrawal: If you’re considering discontinuing suboxone, you’ll need to taper it. Withdrawal can include nausea, muscle cramps, anxiety, depression, diarrhea, insomnia, etc. Opiate withdrawals are generally similar in their predictable effects. Suboxone withdrawal is treatable by tapering the medication. Please discuss a taper regimen with your prescriber if this is what you wish to do. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've been on methadone& then Suboxone for withdrawal for about 1 year. If i need surgery, after quitting all med, will any narcotics ever work again?

I've been on methadone& then Suboxone for withdrawal for about 1 year. If i need surgery, after quitting all med, will any narcotics ever work again?

Yes.: Hi conni, yes narcotics will work just fine. You may need a little more than a regular person, but if you've been off of them for a while, it will be the same as for the opiod naive person. Make sure you use IV opiods sparingly in the hospital and go to oral meds as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can I use oxycodone to help the withdrawal from 17yrs of methadone use daily, my Goal is to be off methadone, I have tried suboxone but relapsed. Ty?

Bad idea: Hard to get good help though if you have been getting it on the street. I suggest you keep at the suboxone. It is your best bet outside of a methadone clinic or seeing a specialist in addiction medicine. ...Read more

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I've been on methadone for a week and a half. I started at 30mg and went up to 90mg. Then I lost my car and can't go to the clinic anymore. Its been a few days now and I know I'm going to go into withdrawal. I have some suboxone I was prescribed from befo

I've been on methadone for a week and a half. I started at 30mg and went up to 90mg. Then I lost my car and can't go to the clinic anymore. Its been a few days now and I know I'm going to go into withdrawal. I have some suboxone I was prescribed from befo

Slow down/get help: first and foremost, contact the clinic and see if they can help you - there may be someone who lives near you who can carpool, or public transportation. I am concerned about a clinic raising you so rapidly - this is not in keeping with modern concepts of patient titration. Suboxone may make your withdrawal worse within 2-3 days of taking methadone. ...Read more

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I took 4mg of Suboxone on tuesday cause I ran out of my methadone and was in complete withdrawl... I have a urine test on Monday 5 days later?

I took 4mg of Suboxone on tuesday cause I ran out of my methadone and was in complete withdrawl... I have a urine test on Monday 5 days later?

Unlikely to show: Unless urine test specifically looks for buprenorphine, it's unlikely to detect that drug, which would be in very low concentration by then. It's still best to be honest with your physician when he asks about drug intake. ...Read more

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My dose when i stopped cold turkey was 120mg methadone.It's day 5 without it and im feeling mild withdrawals.Can i take suboxen now?

Please see a doctor: You need to stop Methadone for several days and be in full withdraw for suboxone induction. The dose for suboxone will be determined by your doctor during the induction. Please do not start it on your own. Please see a doctor asap and discuss your need. ...Read more

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My girlfriend got pregnant while taking suboxene. She stopped taking it, and is now having withdrawals. Her obgyn told her to go to a methadone clinic. Is she serious?

My girlfriend got pregnant while taking suboxene.  She stopped taking it, and is now having withdrawals.  Her obgyn told her to go to a methadone clinic.  Is she serious?

Yes : Yes i believe she is serious. Methadone has been used successfully and safely with pregnant women for over 30 years. Methadone has proven to be safe during pregnancy with little risk to mother and infant, and is actually necessary to prevent relapse. So if your goal is to keep mom and baby safe, i suggest you take the advice that the doctor has given. All the best to you, your girlfriend, and baby on the way. ...Read more

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How to switch from methadone to Suboxone in a week?

Some guidelines: You should not try this on your own, rather, you need an experienced practitioner to help make the switch. It can be quite tricky. The guidelines are to be on 30 mgs of Methadone or less for at least one week, then completely off Methadone for at least another week. The Methadone remains in one's system for three weeks, so the suboxone needs to be started at a low dose and increased very slowly. ...Read more

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Is it helpful if i used Suboxone to get off of methadone?

Probably not: It is much less complicated to transition from suboxone to Methadone than from Methadone to suboxone. To move from Methadone to suboxone the patient must be on 30 mg of Methadone or less. There is still a risk of suffering symptoms of withdrawal when transitioning from Methadone to suboxone. The use of suboxone to avoid withdrawal from Methadone is preferable to stopping Methadone abruptly. ...Read more

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What are the effects of smoking Suboxone or methadone?

What are the effects of smoking Suboxone or methadone?

Don't: Neither substance should have a high effect when smoked/burned. On the other hand, the things that go to make a pill aren't meant to be inhaled and are liable to cause irritation to mouth, throat and lungs. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of methadone? What about suboxone?

Some good ones: Methadone can lead to sudden cardiac death at high doses, half life is not as predictable, can have many drug-drug interactions. Suboxone is considered safer. If doing a risk-to-benefit analysis & the choices are staying on illicits or suboxone, the latter wins. Side effects are outweighed by its benefits in many individuals. The 10 year experience in usa limits the answer to 10 years. ...Read more

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Hi there does taking methadone or suboxone make you more tolerant to alcohol? Thanks

Hi there does taking methadone or suboxone make you more tolerant to alcohol? Thanks

No!: It actually is expected to increase ALL the effects of alcohol - the ones you might want and others too! It is absolutely not recommended for you to drink during Tx. Talk to your Doc about it and how to manage this and other difficult parts of getting straight. You deserve to feel supported and good about doing this. ...Read more

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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?

Possibly: It depends on the dose of Methadone you were receiving prior to starting suboxone. If you were on 30 mgs per day or less, after five days off methadone, you might be okay especially if you start with a very low dose of suboxone and increase it very gradually. The Methadone will still be in your system for a while, but a very low dose of suboxone with a very gradual dosing increase could work fine. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Suboxone (Definition)

Suboxone is semi-synthetic opiate compound. At higher doses, it is used to treat opioid addiction. In lower doses, suboxone can be used to control moderate acute pain in non-opioid tolerant individuals and ...Read more