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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
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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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Can i take a Suboxone 5 hours after a methadone?

Avoid: These medications should not be mixed. Serious side effects can occur. ...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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How long after taking methadone can I be switched to suboxone?

Methadone transition: Of course the risk is that with longer-acting opiates ( Methadone being one) there will be withdrawal precipitated with the transition to suboxone. It has an opiate antagonist in it - which makes the idea of abusing opiates much more unattractive (in addition they will provide no euphoria). Typically patients are encouraged to be in full withdrawal before switching over to the suboxone, ? 3 days. ...Read more

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What is the average theraputic methadone dosage? What about suboxone?

What is the average theraputic methadone dosage? What about suboxone?

It depends....: Methadone about 60-120 mg suboxone about 8-12mg. Your actual dosage has to be carefully determined by your treating md as our responses to meds differs because of genetics and other factors. ...Read more

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How much time do I need to wait to take Suboxone after taking methadone?

That depends on how: Long you were on Methadone and on what dose. Suboxone (buprenorphine) will precipitate withdrawal in people who are dependent on other opioid drugs. Methadone is very long-acting, and precipitated withdrawal can occur even days after your last dose if you were on Methadone long-term. Tapering Methadone down to 30 mg or less, and waiting 2-3 days (until withdrawal is present) is safest way. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using methadone vs suboxone?

Both work: Methadone is only available at special clinics, and is generally less expensive. Suboxone is available from authorized physicians; you may find one at the Buprenorphine web site. ...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