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How long after taking methadone can I be switched to suboxone?

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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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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I'm taking 30 mg of methadone once a day & i'm waiting on ins. To approve Suboxone so i can switch over. How do I go a/b the switch the right way?

Suboxone induction : Your doctor will tell you how long you will need to be off Methadone before you can start your suboxone in your doctor's office during a supervised "induction" in the office to determine your daily necessary suboxone dose. ...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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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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Am dosing at 52 mg methadone. When can I switch to suboxone? How many days between last dose methadone and initiation of suboxone?

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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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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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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How long until this Suboxone makes me feel better? (methadone before hand)

How long until this Suboxone makes me feel better? (methadone before hand)

Methadone->Suboxone: Transitioning from Methadone to suboxone can be challenging but possible with the right planning on the part of the physician and the patient. It is not advised to jump into suboxone from methadone. Frequent dose adjustment is often needed. Precipitated withdrawals are not fun for he patient or the treater. In certain cases can take up to a week for a successful transition/induction. ...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

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