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Opiates Stay In Your System
Is there any test that docs can perform to tell the differences of what kinds of opiates you have in your system?
Yes: Yes, although it can take a while. Most clinics and doctor's offices use an on-site urine or saliva screen for certain drugs and medications. What is gained in having quick results is occasionally lost with accuracy. Thus, sometimes the urine is sent out to a lab-- it is there that they can tell the difference between the different opiates among many others. The lab very rarely makes errors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does Suboxone enter your system as a opiate or does it break down into Suboxone after taken? Also, if intra-rectally will it break down into suboxone?
Semi-synthetic: Opioid that is used to treat opioid addiction in higher dosages (>2 mg) controls moderate acute pain in non-opioid tolerant individuals in lower dosages (~200 µg) controls moderate chronic pain in dosages ranging from 20-70 µg/hour. Extremely high binding affinity at the µ- and ?-opioid receptor. Suboxone is Buprenorphine and Naloxone in a 4/1 ratio. ...Read more
Serotonin : Most opioids have no direct effect on serotonin. However, a newer opiate called Nucynta (tapentadol) acts on the usual narcotic receptors in the central nervous system (CNS), but also inhibits the re-uptake of serotonin & norepinephrine in the CNS which may help with certain types of pain conditions & depression. ...Read more
Unpredictable : They all have different half lives in the body and are excreted at different rates. High tech testing can detect it in your hair for a long time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Depends on the med: Most short acting narcotics (percocet, vicodin etc) last about 3-4 hours. Most long acting narcotics (ms contin, Opana er, oxycontin) last 8-12 hours and the duragesic/fentanyl patches last 72 hours. Any narcotic can persist in your bloodstream for one week to one month depending on how well your kidneys and liver filter out toxins. ...Read more
Depends: That depends on which opiate drugs you are referring to, how long you have been on them and what dose you are using. The more important question is how long do these drugs stay in the baby. Discuss with your obgyn which prescribed opiate medications or which illegal narcotics you are taking. Then a plan can be made to keep you and the baby safe ...Read more
Depends: Many factors contribute to elimination of opiates in the body: half- life time, your enzymes and liver function, your physical activity and other factors. Your question is related to drug testing, if it is, in most cases waiting 3-5 weeks will get negative urine tests. No guarantee. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1-6 months: Some people recover fairly quickly (as soon as 2 weeks). Some take longer, up to 6 months. It depends on the medication taken, the dose and how long it was taken. ...Read more
Various meds: There are many meds used to target specific withdrawal symptoms. 2 meds that can be used are suboxone and clonidine. Suboxone should be used only after withdrawal begins. Such treatment must be carefully planned and supervised by an md. ...Read more
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