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Suboxone Withdrawal Timeline

Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms

Suboxone Withdrawal SymtpomsSuboxone Withdrawal Symptoms

Suboxone is one of the newer drugs out there trying to help curb the opiate epidemic in America. In the past decade it has steadily replaced methadone as the drug of choice for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Although it has been found to be very effective short term for the process of detoxing off of heroin and opiates, the effectiveness of Suboxone being used as a long term solution for opiate addiction is questionable. People taking Suboxone often discover that the addiction to Suboxone and the proceeding Suboxone Withdrawal symptoms and timeline to be more severe and longer lasting than many opiates. Many people find that when it is time to get off of Suboxone, inpatient drug treatment is necessary to achieve a successful recovery.

There are two active drugs in Suboxone. The first, Buprenorphine is actually an opiate that helps lessen the withdrawal symptoms of an opiate detox. Unfortunately, Buprenorphine itself is an addictive narcotic. The second drug, Naloxone, counteracts the opioid effect if the drug is not taken correctly (injected, snorted). If Suboxone is taken with other opioids, it will cause immediate and severe withdrawal symptoms. The true benefit of Suboxone lies in the science behind Buprenorphine. Although it is an opiate, it does not produce the intense euphoric high seen in other opiates such as Vicodin or Oxycodone. Furthermore, it is long lasting enabling people to take it, in some cases just once a day. When tapered off of Suboxone correctly it can be highly successful in treating opioid addiction. The downside of Suboxone are the severe withdrawal symptoms if you are not tapered correctly or stop suddenly, these include:

Withdrawal Symptoms





-Runny Nose

-Goose Bumps

-Abnormal Skin Sensations




-Rigid Muscles

-Rapid Heartbeat




Suboxone Withdrawal Timeline

As you can see, Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can be daunting. That is why it is recommended to do it in a safe place. Typically, a supervised medical detox such as an inpatient drug rehab is the best and safest option. As well, the Suboxone withdrawal timeline can be significantly longer than other opioids. Most opioids have a withdrawal timeline of 3-7 days. The Suboxone withdrawal timeline can be as long as a month before relief of many of the symptoms.

Getting Help

If you or someone you know needs help getting off of Suboxone or is interested in finding a facility that uses short term tapers of Suboxone to get off of opioids there are many facilities and resources that can help. It is recommended to make a plan and find a good inpatient rehab facility to safely taper off of Suboxone and minimize the Suboxone withdrawal symptoms.


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