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Dr. Gary Roach
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How much time does it take for opiates to completely leave your system?

Dr. Gary Roach
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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How much time does it take for opiates to completely leave your system?

Depends: Different opiates are metabolized differently. It takes about 4 half-lives to be 95%excreted. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Opiates (Definition)

Opiates are a type of drug including pain medicines like morphine and ...Read more


Dr. Karl Spector
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
20 years in practice
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Is there any test that docs can perform to tell the differences of what kinds of opiates you have in your system?

Dr. Karl Spector
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
20 years in practice
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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 more

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Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Board Certified, Pain Management
8 years in practice
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How can i clean opiate out my system is there a home remedy?

Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Board Certified, Pain Management
8 years in practice
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Can not.: No home remedies. Your liver and kidneys will clear it with time. Usually a few days to undetectable quantities. Hair will contain opiod traces for a long time. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Maxine Cartwright
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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I did 90mg OxyContin five days ago and have a drug test tomorrow, will the opiates be out of my system??

Dr. Maxine Cartwright
Board Certified, Psychiatry
29 years in practice
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Probably not: It really depends on the lab, and how the urine is collected. The real question is this: how do you give your body what it needs without risking any negative consequences. I would recommend a specialist. Most universities have clinics for this. Best to be honest from the beginning, so the cycle of is broken more rapidly. Thank You so much. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Madden
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How can opiates and opioids affect serotonin system?

Dr. Robert Madden
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How can opiates and opioids affect serotonin system?

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

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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Dr. Sarah Blake
Board Certified, Pain Management
15 years in practice
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How long do opiates stay in the bloodstream?

Dr. Sarah Blake
Board Certified, Pain Management
15 years in practice
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How long do opiates stay in the bloodstream?

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

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
17 years in practice
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Opiate drugs Stay in the placenta for how long?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
17 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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How long do opiates stay in urine?

Dr. Boris Aronzon
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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How long do opiates stay in urine?

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 more

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