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Can Suboxone be injected?

Yes. But the effects of injecting depend on the opioid tolerance of the person injecting buprenorphine. We review injecting Suboxone here, and invite your questions, comments, or feedback about treatments for Suboxone addiction at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all questions about signs or symptoms of Suboxone addiction with a personal and prompt response.

Why inject Suboxone?

One common reason for injecting buprenorphine relates to the low oral bioavailability of the drug. Only 25-30% of sublingual buprenorphine reaches the blood circulation, compared to 100% of injected buprenorphine.

Some people who inject buprenorphine claim that they are trying to stretch the action of illicit buprenorphine 4-fold, so that 8 mg prevents cravings and withdrawal for 4 days rather than one. Because of the shortage of buprenorphine-certified physicians in many areas, many addicts ‘treat’ themselves with buprenorphine purchased on the street at inflated prices.

Suboxone injection and buprenorphine tolerance

The brain does not distinguish between buprenorphine that has been injected and buprenorphine taken sublingually. The brain is subject to a more rapid rise in blood level of buprenorphine when the drug is injected. But the effects of injected buprenorphine vary with tolerance.

Buprenorphine has a long half-life (i.e. stays in the body longer than most medications). If a person injects usual clinical doses of buprenorphine daily, tolerance will develop to the medication after a week or two. At that point, injecting buprenorphine will not result in any significant subjective effects, just as sublingual doses do not have significant effects in patients tolerant to buprenorphine.

However, a person who is used to taking large amounts of illicit opioids (greater than 80 mg of oxycodone, for example) will usually experience sudden and severe withdrawal symptoms after injecting buprenorphine. The effects are similar, but more rapid, than the effects of sublingual buprenorphine in the same person.

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Little incentive to inject Suboxone

The pharmacology of buprenorphine removes much of the incentive to inject the medication. For regular opioid users, injection of buprenorphine precipitates withdrawal. People who inject buprenorphine regularly are essentially ‘on buprenorphine’, and have little subjective effect from the medication. People who get ‘high’ from injecting buprenorphine are those who have a low opioid tolerance, who use buprenorphine infrequently (i.e. every few days or less often).

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84 Responses to “Can Suboxone be injected?
gigi
9:50 am August 31st, 2014

I shot suboxone one time and Later that day ended up with a fever of 103.6 I was throwing up and extremely hot why was that? ?

Michelle
9:51 pm October 17th, 2014

Gigi the same exact thing happened to me And I would like to know why also…..ç

meme
11:07 am December 4th, 2014

Gigi and michelle,
Did you shoot the suboxone or the cotton left over. Bc that sounds like cotton fever. You shouldnt get cotton fever from suboxone with out cotton. So my advice would be dont do your cotton after so long. Also if a small piece of suboxone didnt dissolve then it went into it and you injected it and it caused the same effects as cotton fever. Be careful with both. Cotton fever is normally because of re-used cotton that you used to filter yoursuboxone in the first place, if you let the cotton sit more than a few days you will experience that sick feeling along with the shits too. Your hot and then again cold to were your freezing to death. Its bc that cotton is old. Use the cotton within that 3 day spain..if you neglect to do so, you can still use it but be sure to add crumbs or pieces of the suboxone pill/strip and it reduces that common effect of beening sick…hope this helps, and I pray that we all overcome this disease of addiction

DARREN
3:15 pm December 29th, 2014

To those PEOPLE out there injecting suboxone be warned l LOST A FINGER AND ALMOST LOST MY LOWER ARM& HAND IT CLOGES ARTERIES. WARNING DONT TRY IT…::::

mel
10:45 pm January 1st, 2015

Wow my man and i had the WORST feeling after shooting half suboxone. We thought we were gonna die…for real.

bark
4:16 pm January 14th, 2015

I am on subs and with my experiance if you take H or any kind of opiate and subs the same daay or while the effects are still there (the high) of H and then you take subs you will get extremly sick DO NOT MIX THESE DRUGS IN THE SAME DAY wait untill you are you are really sick and WD from H or other drugs before you take suboxone

Kirk
5:34 pm February 6th, 2015

If you are planning on injecting suboxone make sure you are in full withdraw. I am the worst at waiting just like many ppl I don’t like feeling sick or even slightly uncomfortable for even a minute. You will get very sick and be sent into horrible withdrawal but in my experience in about 30 minutes you are Ok and withdraw is completely gone and u feel normal. Depending on how much you inject you might feel slightly as if your body is floating.

Larry
5:08 am March 27th, 2015

does injecting suboxone strips decrease the half life of the drug?

10:37 am March 27th, 2015

Hi Larry. You shouldn’t inject Suboxone. It’s a medication that contains buprenorphine and naloxone. While buprenorphine may provide the wanted feelings, naloxone when injected will immediately put you through adverse withdrawal symptoms.

H_Hansen
1:14 am March 31st, 2015

Everyone is talking about injecting Suboxene….. I took Suboxene for 2 years then I went to Methadone for 4 years, recently stop taking Methadone and needed to get back on something to help with the my dependency. Today I was accepted to a research program for an injectable suboxene. The program is basically being a guinea pig for this medication, I am a addict but I never shoot up. The research is free…they actually pay you. I’m not going to lie I’m extremely happy that I don’t have to pay out of pocket for my Suboxene cause without insurance it is expensive but I am curious if anyone has tried this legal way of taking Suboxene? They start out by giving you the strips for about two weeks and then the injections are given. It is dispensed once every 28 days, its a gel like substance that is injected under the skin. Has anyone done this?

gabriel
12:15 pm April 29th, 2015

I am hungarian.take suboxone to my blood.it was 8/2 with naloxone….it was terribly, near to dead..naloxone same cold turkey shortly..never use this shit….never use 8mg suboxone/2mg naloxone..i am very sick there was methadone , never use intraveina only to mouth

4:18 pm April 29th, 2015

Hi Gabriel. That’s why they put the naloxone in Suboxone – to prevent people from abusing buprenorphine. Naloxone causes severe withdrawal when injected. Are you ok now?

cruis
1:17 am May 17th, 2015

I’ve been on suboxone for 4 months. Opiate addict for 20 years. I’ve stopped for few years at a time but could never get to feeling right. (No motivation, energy). I used to shoot up the suboxone daily. I don’t recommend it. Does not hit you harder. I just had a needle feddish. Probably done it 50 times. But I would only do a halve at a time of the 8mg pill. Used the whole filter as a wick. Don’t shoot unless it’s see through or clearish. DONT SHOOT AT ALL. Is what I’m saying. but people do what they want, so just adding my 2 cents.

2:40 pm May 22nd, 2015

Thank you, Cruis. Sharing personal experience as someone who’s done it can help many other readers refrain from injecting suboxone. Thank you, again, for the valuable first-hand information.

William s.
4:55 pm June 5th, 2015

I was a moderate to heavy opiate user for about 6 months. I started using sublingual suboxone to try and get clean. Eventually I tried shooting the suboxone.I have found that as long as it is properly filtered and you don’t miss the effects are quite nice.DO NOT inject suboxone unless you are already in full-blown withdrawal.I usually wait around 30 hours between the use of H and subs. if you do not wait then you will go into heavy withdrawal. heavy sweats, diarrhea, body ache, cold sweats, and nausea the whole bit and worse then normal DT because it happens immediately. if you do wait and filter it properly though it can really take the edge off of your detox. I recommend about 4 milligrams or half of a sublingual filmin 60 cc’s of water. Use a cotton to draw draw it through and don’t miss because it huts like hell. after doing this for about a month, using suboxone in between heroin binges, I was able to kick and have been clean of everything for one month.good luck to anyone trying to kick either of these addictions.

j
6:54 am June 28th, 2015

I’ve been an addict for eleven years I’m almost 29 I’ve been back and forth with sub’s ,H ,Roxi unfortunately I am a needle fed I hate it I hate who I am when I’m getting high I just recently stopped everything I went through terrible withdrawals from H and its been a week and I’m laying in bed now for twelve hours with chills rls cramps is this all the sub leaving my system I shot it for about two months everyday anywhere from a quarter of an 8/2 to a half plz help me understand I’m done getting high I want a normal life ………AND FYI TO THE NEEDLE USERS DO NOT SHOOT SUB PERIOD I had very large veins in my arms now there hard BC I kept shooting sub your veins harden up and clog over time thanks and i hope everyone finds there way to sobriety

J1989
7:43 pm August 14th, 2015

H_Hansen What you’re talking about is the Vivitrol shot. I haven’t tried it, what are your thoughts on the effectiveness?

HiveMecha
10:51 pm August 16th, 2015

Not advising that anyone should ever inject suboxone but just to clear things up, the fact that Naloxone is paired with the Buprenorphine is simply a marketing strategy to make the drug appear to be abuse proof when in truth it can be injected without causing precipitated withdrawal.

The reason for this is due to the extremely strong binding affinity of buprenorphine compared to that of naloxone, thus when injected the naloxone has no effect remaining inert because the buprenorphine binds to the receptors too strongly for the naloxone to have any effect whatsoever.

The reason anyone will experience precipitated withdrawal is from the buprenorphine itself however only if the person taking it already has other opioids on their receptors still as the buprenorphine will rip them from your receptors ultimately the terrible lengthy ordeal that is known as precipitated withdrawal syndrome… Again not implying that it is okay to inject, just wanting to let people know the truth.

RicketyRyan
7:01 pm August 17th, 2015

The Bupe has a higher affinity than the Naloxone. Meaning that, no matter what the ROA, The Bupe is going to attach itself to your receptors faster than the Naloxone. Which basically means that the Naloxone is useless! The pharmaceutical company just put it in there so they could market it’s “low risk of abuse”. Now you CAN still get precipitated withdrawal from it, but it’s the Bupe causing it, not the Naloxone. If you still have any other opiates on your receptors when you take a sub, the Bupe will effectively knock all of the receptors clean, and replace them. So this renders the Naloxone USELESS!

Gabriel
11:52 am August 18th, 2015

suboxone/naloxone same , strong colt turkey shortly.like a hell, never again, almost die, if your body not strong or your heart small force you can die there.i am metadone addict, i used 30 mg after kick out 24 hours, after i am get to my mouth , not injected , but naloxone comes same IV use…Fucking hell, shit matter never used of this…if you not addict or not use metadone , subo work, but you opiate addict naloxone connect to receptor and stopping other anyone, only pain
iam fine now…eating 40 mg metadone and benzodiazepine and now easy , can work…suboxone only min72 hours clear from metadone, or 15 mg doses

Jeff C
2:44 pm August 23rd, 2015

So, Iv been reading all these posts claiming that if you infact inject suboxone (Bup & Nalaxone) that you will go into severe withdrawal.. Im not condoning or advising ANYBODY to inject anything. However, Iv been on the strips for 8 yrs now. I started out using them sublinguly at first (1-1/2 strips per day). I also have a friend that has been on Bup for several years & told me that I was wasting about 3/4 per strip by putting under my tongue. I figured Id try his advise & injected 2mg. Of course Im very cautious, safe, & responsible when injecting. If any one does inject them, FILTER THEM WITH COTTON) !! I know a couple ppl that just drop like 2 mg into the barrel, pull back some water, shake, & shoot. This WILL ruin ur veins, turning them into straight cartlige. (Iv heard its from the white writing on them Idk), but havent had ANY issues with that or any type of withdrawals, fevers or anything. I do notice now that putting just 2mg under my tongue does hardly nothing. For me (& this is just speaking for myself) 2mg intravenous = 8mg under my tongue. Just putting my experience out there, I realize every person is different. I wish GREAT Luck to each and every one of you. (y)

Kate
8:01 pm September 4th, 2015

Will injecting suboxone give it a longer or shorter half life?

vetgag6565
11:44 pm September 6th, 2015

GIGI you may have been experiencing Cotton Fever if you filtered it improperly this is common.

vetgag6565
11:54 pm September 6th, 2015

I was one of the people that was the Pig for the va I learning about Suboxone and I know every aspect of it. Naloxone a cousin too naltrexone is mixed with Buprenex as a limiter too how much your system gets. it is like a governor on a vehicle where you cant go any faster IE die from overdosing however you can crush 2 suboxones and filter the shit out of them and inject. the best way is too crush them up and dissolve in as little water as possible OR a little regular drinking alcohol and get an oral syringe and stick it up in your rectum and there you go …lay on your side and relax you will se A much better result than injecting this shit. I also informed my doctor of this who stated …and he is the best in MASS. it is not advised but since I was in the process of getting dentures …and IM young. Lol and I was losing much of my dose because of the teeth issue This is not recommended but it is so good or Better not just saying that or peppering it up but it works BETTER!!!!!

11:03 am September 7th, 2015

Hi Kate. A half-life is the amount of time required for the Suboxone concentration in blood plasma to reach one-half of its steady-state value. Injected Suboxone may have a faster onset and stronger effect, but the body will still eliminate the metabolites at a similar rate.

Shandra
1:14 am September 14th, 2015

My family and I are trying to figure out which drug my brother is abusing. He is a recovering H addict who has been subscribed sub in the past, but not currently. A while back he told us that the reason he was acting jittery was because he shot up the suboxone. Is it true that shooting suboxone can make someone twitchy, jittery, talkative, jumpy, talk in strange voices, clap, and yell?

4:09 pm September 22nd, 2015

Hi Shandra. The only way to know for sure is to drug test him. If it’s not another drug, then abnormal levels of buprenorphine will be detected which may indicate he’s been abusing his medication. Buprenorphine is also an opioid medication, and abusing it can cause the same effects as other opioid drugs.

amanda
6:02 am September 27th, 2015

I’ve been shooting suboxone for 3yrs. Now. And, got to stop!!! My whole entire body is extremely swollen. And,having a lot of problem’s with my breathing and chest pains.It also has destroyed my veins. I started in my hands,fingers,breasts,feet and now I have to hit y stomach and sides. I hope it’s not to late for me. That’s how powerful the addiction to needles is. So, to anybody thinking about trying or is doing pleaz Stop now.

Aria
3:23 pm October 4th, 2015

Guys, don’t inject suboxone. My brother is addicted to heroin and out of desperation he shot up suboxone lastnight. Well, from 4am to 6am he had uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhea while having convulsions. All three of those symptoms at the same time, not a pretty sight. He thought he was gonna die.
Drug use has ruined my family.

Nick
8:25 am October 12th, 2015

I have been on suboxone 4 years, I have injected twice a day, half in the morning, half at night after work All 4 years. I have never ever had a problem. I hear lots of myths but I tell you, I’m a test subject, I have done this all 4 years every single day. I have never had clogged veins, hard veins, nothing I’ve had mri’s for the brain and nothing abnormal was found anywhere in my cardiovascular system. It is the needle addiction that has kept me doing this. Not recommended but I am living proof that you can inject sub safely, please use a sterile needle every single time, sterile cotton every time, do not draw the sub without a cotton, do not miss your vein it hurts like a mother, be cautious, don’t tighten your fists while injecting, use alcohol swabs before injections, use a 30-31 gauge needle. Strips are fine but use at least half cc water or 50 units. Generic pills are safe too, I’ve done them all IV daily for prolonged time periods and I am 100% FINE besides severe constipation but that can be helped with miralax, use miralax for 3 days, then eat high fiber diet and take psyllium for 5 days, switch back to miralax for 3 days and repeat, never take the same stool softener or laxative too long in a row or they stop working. If your going to inject suboxone go nuts but be safe I thought it was all fun and games until I caught hep c, I’ve been through the wringer and as long as you use new needles, don’t share spoons, and alcohol your arm you will be fine!! To this day I get a little bit high when I inject it, especially in the morning. Thanks. And don’t feel bad for me, yes its true I’ve done this twice a day for four years, but I live a normal, healthy life still I work everyday and am doing great without heroine or morphine or oxy, considering that, I feel great. If u have opiates in your system do not inject the sub! Only when they are completely out of your system can you inject sub. As long as u wait three days since your last opiate you will be good! That’s the only time u will precipitate withdrawal, when u already have opiates in your system. Otherwise you will be A OKAY!

JD
12:01 am October 15th, 2015

people please do not shoot suboxone the strips or the orange pills i almost died i couldn’t breath my head started pounding my heart felt like it was going to stop or something and my skin turned bright red and i started sweating all over my body and it was the worst feeling ever i thought i was going to die. it was not worth it just put it under you tung like the directions say…. now if you have the regular buprenorphine pills (also know as sebutex) little wight 2mg or the larger 8mg. you also are suppose to put under the tung and let it dissolve. but sebutex is water solubal and can be injected just like heroin crush it up add water mix it up and add your cotton filter….then do your thing make sure your in withdraw from the come down of what ever opioid your on… for me it worked grate was super sick and with in less then 10 sec. i felt way better…. but the point of subs are to kick the habit not start a new one

michelle
12:36 am October 15th, 2015

Shandra no ur brother was not on suboxone

Ashes2ashes
3:13 pm October 19th, 2015

I find it SO odd (and annoying) that there is little or no physician/hospital/treatment information for those who inject suboxone- this is a great article!!
My son just began shooting IV suboxone, I am in recovery 15 years clean (on methadone) and I am embarrassed to say I didn’t KNOW a person COULD inject suboxone on the street! I thought the pharm of the sub made it impossible! (one would think the company WOULD make it impossible!)
My QUESTION: Does suboxone (by mouth) make a person nauseous vs. IV? He says he can’t take it by mouth – he does have inflammatory bowel disease- so he says that is why the uses it IV.
Is this a rationalization- or could it be possible?
ALSO- WILL he find after a few weeks that it no longer “balances him out” (he is saying it doesn’t get him high- just provides some kind of balance of some sort)
ALL FEEDBACK WELCOME! (positive please- no war stories!)
So I am

Ashes2ashes
3:16 pm October 19th, 2015

JD- thank you for that warning- we SHOULD be helping each other out! ALSO- I LIKE WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT NO STARTING ANOTHER HABIT- that is SO True- good luck in your recovery!! (IT IS WORTH ALL THE PAIN- I AM LIVING PROOF!!)

Stephanie
10:43 pm October 26th, 2015

DO NOT INJECT SUBOXONE!
I have been in and out of sub programs for over 5 years and I’m only 22. I’ve Ivd my suboxone films for three years. I have done irreversible severe damage to my fingers hands arms feet and neck, basically my whole vascular system (blood system) is dying out. Doctors can never get a normal IV in me. I always get a pic line or central line, which also occurs when I have to get blood drawn it turns into a all day event. That is not good for a 22yr old. PLEASE DO NOT INJECT SUBOXONE OR SUBS OF ANY KIND AT THAT. IF YOU KNOW THE PAIN WHEN YOU MISS THE VEIN IMANAGE THE PAIN INSIDE YOUR BLOOD SYSTEM! IM A SURVIVOR. DO NOT INJECT!

Sheila
12:55 am November 9th, 2015

My son passed away on the 1st October aged 39 left 2babies because after 5 yrs started injecting Subutex . He turned his life around so I thought…. Please think on he died a painful death because of this drug… If only one person learns from this his life would not be in vain. Our family has been destroyed . Please DO NOT take changes with your lives you leave behind so much sadness you are all so much better. My Daniel had a hard upbringing and he turned his life around because he went to prison to fund his drug use but over came this, I was so proud but that drug got him again even though he had what he dreamed of two beautiful children and a loving partner and a happy family unlike his own upbringing because of a violent nasty father!!! Please please seek HELP !!!! It’s all so sad … You can do it… My Daniel also suffered from bipolar he didn’t stand a chance but you do ….

11:55 am November 9th, 2015

I’m sorry for your loss Sheila. Thank you for sharing your story about Daniel! I hope many read it and seek help to stop injecting Suboxone as soon as possible.

Daniel
12:06 pm November 12th, 2015

If you are on suboxone it is because you are trying to get OFF a drug. Injecting is defeating the purpose. To those whom have even considered…GOOD LUCK!

Leena
1:16 pm November 12th, 2015

Shooting subaxone was the worst thing I ever did in my life…I thought I was going to die…! Never again!!!!

Max
1:46 pm November 12th, 2015

Just wanted to say, do not shoot up suboxone. It really defeats the purpose of quitting if you really are trying to quit. I was an IV heroin addict for 1 year I mean I’ve been an addict for over 4 years with the roxys and percocets but eventually graduated to shooting. I tried suboxone but didn’t really help. I mean it help but it’s really a substitute and just bringing in another addiction. I tried Clonidine and xanax for atleast a month and have been clean for, it will be 2 years in January. So if you want to you can do it!!! Life is so beautiful without dont get me wrong it’s very hard to stay clean!!! But everyone can do it . Good luck to whoever is trying to help! .

6:45 pm November 12th, 2015

Hey Max. Thank you very much for sharing your experience. I hope other readers will find your information helpful.

gabriel
2:03 pm November 20th, 2015

Suboxone Big Shit, never use iv, if you want to live…8/2 sub and naloxon means dead.Subutex aint naloxone, there is like clear morphine.but naloxone seek on your brain opiate and teke you shjortly cold turkey what seems to be dead….i am metadone addict , must be 72 hours clear , nothing other opiate, suboxoxone work only by mouth under tungue covered

Jennie
9:56 pm November 21st, 2015

Nick!
I was so grateful to read your post! It is so hard to stay encouraged when I hear people saying that shooting suboxone defeats the purpose of quitting if you really are trying to quit. But I understand that might be the case for some people. I’m 28 and have been using since I was 17, I didn’t start shooting until 3-4 years ago. Just in this year I have already been to 3 rehabs, did the ibogaine treatment and the NAD drip to help my addiction but I am still falling.. I haven’t been able to make it barely more than a week being sober and have already overdosed and hospitalized 3 times this year and it crushed me to see my family hurting. My fiancé wants to quit his job so he can just watch me bc he is terrified of what he will come home to. I don’t want to do that to them and I am trying so extremely hard! But its a constant battle that for the past 11 years, I have been losing. I waited until I was in severe withdrawals before shooting the suboxone and I have been on the subs for 9 days now.. NO HEROIN! :-) And so far no bad side effects at all and I only have to shoot 2-3 times a day! I thought it was a miracle that i was free from that chain ALL day long! I was rlly happy. But reading these posts last night really made me rethink everything and I was feeling like… defeated. I wanted to use more than anything bc if Im not improving then what is left??? It makes me cry even writing this bc I feel hopeless… All I have to hope for is improvement… But your story is keeping me going! I have never written in one of these email posts so I don’t know if you will get this but I just wanted to let you know how positively you have effected my life! Just to know that someone out there understands the depth of being severely addicted and to hear that you have been living a good life gives me so much hope for myself! Just for today right?! Well for today.. I am choosing to stay clean and even if that means that I am injecting suboxone, I would rather do that than OD on H. You have given me so much courage and motivation! And bc I’m so fragile and early in my recovery if it wasn’t for your post, I would’ve felt like my last option was gone. So anyone else that is stuck in a deadly cycle please keep going! You can do it! If you have to take subs a different ROA then okay! That is a decision only you can make! But just remember, don’t give up hope! Nick is a living example that there is a good life out there for us! 4 years & counting! And he gets up every day, goes to work and lives a normal and healthy life! That is my dream! Thank you for sharing Nick! And congrats on the 4 years!!!

sammy
5:58 pm December 2nd, 2015

I totally agree with the article above. I shot 2 suboxone’s everyday and I don’t never catch a buzz. It just makes it to where I can function in public and just really be a normal human being by getting up to go to work, clean, eat really just to do about anything. So I’m thankful for subs. They also keep me from wanting other drugs which is a really good thing cause of my probation.

Kbaby
11:23 pm December 21st, 2015

Okay so I haven’t been shooting suboxen for that long but I’ve gotten it ready plenty of times to no what he looks n taste like after being crushed in water. Well recently we’ve been going threw a rough time and we can only afford one person to go to clinic and we just split what he gets. Which is only 7a week. We run out alot and he started getting shady. I’ve seen him numerous times crush up baby Tylenol to his dad n his dad would snort it and not even no. Well i shoot tgem and im pretty aure he has started doin ne tge same way. How can i no for sure its suboxen and he isnt mixin it witg somethinf else

JD
2:37 pm December 23rd, 2015

What is the difference of trying to get off suboxone when you shoot it instead of let it melt under your tongue. I have been shooting suboxone for about a year and a half and am trying to wean myself off. I know shooting is not good anyways but will it make it harder to get off of Suboxone?

crazy
5:43 pm December 26th, 2015

Iv injected subby for 5 yrs or so..it’s bad stuff. Pls try not to do it, so hard to get off.

Justin
5:26 am January 14th, 2016

I have been addicted to pain meds for about 13 years I’m 25 I was completely clean for 5 months went cold turkey from taking over 150mgs of methadone a day plus all the oxycodone I did not dry out in a controlled place I went crazy LITERALLY! they said it was drug withdrawal psychosis an i was also catitonic but my point being I’ll never be the same I trip out daily sometimes bad its scary.I’ve been on suboxen for about a year 2mgs oral works ok but then i stated injecting it again witch sucks it brings bavk scary memeories of a few bad overdoses is there a way to help stop myself from injecting my veins are bad ii always use a filter an I am very careful idk I need help I still crave getting high I jus don’t feel human without something :(

dannyboy1234
1:19 pm January 16th, 2016

Ok, so I inject suboxone on a regular basis. I got some coke today, which I did IV. I’m going to be coming down soon and I absolutely HATE that part of it and have always had H to come down with before. I’ve used sub to come down before, but not while I was using it regularly and I KNOW that makes a huge difference. QUESTION: Will injecting sub when I start coming down still help me even though I’ve been using it everyday for quite a while now? Also my buddy got some coke too. He’s also an everyday sub user. Will it help him? He doesn’t inject it though. I told him he should mix it with water and snort it that way he will get more of the chemical. Does that make sense? Will it make a difference on the “comedown help”? Time is of the essence here. Coming down is really hard for me. This is the first time I’ve done it without having H, or sub (while it is still as effective as H) or a girlfriend. I’ve always had one of those 3 because that’s the only way I can handle it. Having sex works extremely well. I also find I’m a lot more sensitive down there when I’m coming down and it takes it from a horrible life threatening experience to a sensual, sexual, expedition to paradise. I don’t know what my problem is with coming down, but I change. Completely. I’m a totally different person. The first time I came down without anything was the first time I did it, and I ended up in the hospital for attempted suicide. Problem is I REALLY like coke. As you can see, I rant quite a lot (and enjoy writing). It literally makes me write music. I’m a musician and its actually part of my process.. As strange as it might sound.. I’ll have several unfinished pieces of work that I’ll gather together, set up my instruments, and have everything ready for when the BIG moment comes after I do that shot. In that, 20-45min, period of time when I’m on top of the world everything gets finished. AHHH HELPP ITS COMMING SOOON

Bradicus
5:56 am January 17th, 2016

I have been taking buprenorphine tabs for the past couple years, shooting 8mg a day. I recently went 3 weeks without anything as I was jailed for a crime committed by someone else. When I got out, I injected 4 mg and went into FULL BLOWN WITHDRAWAL and felt like total crap for 2 days.. which is strange because I used to catch a sweet buzz injecting 4 mg 2x/day. Does anyone know why this is? I’m confused.

Keith
12:08 am January 27th, 2016

Brilliant! And exact!

Jake
11:49 am January 28th, 2016

I have been on subs off and on for a long while, damn what a waste of time now that I think of it lol. Anyway I’m once again on subs (8/2 twice daily) and I have taken as prescribed and banged them, I prefer under the tongue but I never felt a real difference in strength like most are saying here. If anything it seemed like it didn’t last as long and I didn’t get the “warm blanket” feeling I get when I take them as they’re meant to be taken. Either way to each their own, do as you will but me personally I advise not to inject anything unless done by a professional. It’s just a lot of badd juju stuff can and does happen regardless of how careful you are. Hep C and AIDS isn’t exactly something I would want to catch, it’ll be my luck that’s exactly what would happen even with sterile “utensils” if you will. Lay em on the table and (BAM!) hep c, lol, yeah I have that kinda luck.

Doug rash
4:29 am February 3rd, 2016

I shot some suboxine last nite and i thought i was gonna die i was freezing to death and my temo was up there .its not cotton feaver i didnt use a cotton so something in there does some weird crap.id like to know whats up.but not cotton feaver.

Matthew
1:20 am February 21st, 2016

I have a low tolerance to opiates and IV use suboxone. It takes a lot less to fill it but it is nerve wrecking because if you miss I’m sure the pain will be intolerable. I used to use heroin on a daily basis I have been off of it for a few weeks now and whenever I shoot suboxone it takes about 20 minutes to feel anything but you get 100% instead of the average 25 to 30% of taking it orally my only advice if you are going to IV use is to make sure you use a filter and triple to quadruple check while you’re pushing in that you’re still in the van and you do not miss

thomas
12:59 pm February 22nd, 2016

Hi I recently injected suboxone in my leg behind my knee and missed it know I have a large hard lump do u have any advice on what mite be plz

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:39 pm February 24th, 2016

Hi, Thomas. I suggested you go to the hospital, and check your lump.

Rico
6:28 pm February 25th, 2016

I have been shooting suboxone for 5 years now and I have got my self down to shooting eighths and sixteenths only using about a quarter or a little more a day so my question is if I stop now can I avoid ending up in the ER?

I’m honestly ready to start doing Heroin again. It’s a hell of a lot cheaper then going to a crooked doctor who charges you $250 for the first visit then its $100 a week after that for 8 weeks. It’s absolutely bullshit. And it doesn’t even take half the time it does to come off of suboxone so take it from me if your on dope and your thinking about taking suboxone to get off of heroin, DONT FUCKIN DO IT JUST WEEN YOURSELF OFF THE DOPE ITS A LOT EASIER!

mikey
11:50 pm February 29th, 2016

Do not shoot subs they are for you to help yourself not to be another way to get high

buck
11:58 pm February 29th, 2016

I read just about all the comments I just shot alittle less then a half of the film subs and I’m not sick I just got really really hot for about 15 min an I’m good not but I feel like I’m on a cloud I’m not saying do it but if you do run it threw 4 or 5 new cottons before doin it just to be safe it won’t look like much at the end but trust me it really is more then enough be safe everyone hope we all get off this stuff it sure is a rough life style be safe again your family loves you

rage
8:25 am March 1st, 2016

Hey so ive been injecting subs for about two years. I have reccentlt had a blood clot now i have this wrist that feels broken it hurts so bad…an its swollen but where is hurting an swollen its also squishey so wat do u think this is. Its not where i missed buf u kno how when u miss theres a knot there an its not squishey so its odvisoly not a miss. Its so weird…its fluid of some kind. I noticed it today. Input please……

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:36 pm March 3rd, 2016

Hi, Rage. I suggest you seek medical help about the blood clot.

Mark
9:26 am March 5th, 2016

I’ve been sober for 5 months now, completely cold turkey. I’ve been an IV Heroin addict for 13 years. Reading these comments is a good reminder of how absolutely insane addicts are in full blown active addiction…. Dear lord.

Anyways I was injecting Suboxone 8/2mg strips on and off for months at a time during my active drug abuse. Naloxone does absolutely nothing, Buprenorphine itself is what causes all those nasty PWDs. I found if your trying to switch from full agonist Opiate/opioids to bupe, the best way to play it safe is too take a 2mg dose under the tongue. Wait an hour or two for that to saturate your receptors, then start IV doses of 1-2mgs/hour until you find a good threshold. Remember it’s not Heroin, your not going to be rushed with euphoria, then nodding off while standing up. If you’re trying to eliminate heroin dependence, then quit cold turkey. Go to a police officer and have them arrest you and taken to jail. I PROMISE YOU WILL GET CLEAN! I’ve been to DOZENS of detoxes, rehabs, tapers, etc… It’s all bullshit… Going to jail for several months was the blessing that saved me. It was the easiest cold turkey I’ve ever done, because you know you can’t get it. I swear your mind plays tricks on you when you still have that option of picking up, in jail I only WD for 4 days and was good too go. I was coming off 1-2 gram a day habit. Once you detox, also remember your not in the clear either. Usually things are at the worst, because you still have all the same problems, but now you can’t get high to fix them. Be proactive about your recovery, DO SOMETHING SERIOUS TO STAY CLEAN!!! None of that “I’m going to the gym, and going to workout to stay clean!” garbage… At the very least I recommend going to AA of some sort and getting a sponsor.

Until the day it finally gets bad enough for all of you to quit, I pray for God to have mercy on your souls.

(P.S. When deciding to use any substance intravenously, please be as safe and logical as possible… Use brand new sterile syringes every time, they are only $0.13 each for the love of God… If you can’t afford to buy them, you shouldn’t be injecting anything, and you have a serious problem. GO GET HELP!)

Jamie
6:05 am March 15th, 2016

There is no point in shooting subs. If ur taking them to get or stay off dope then why inject. This says ur just looking for a high that taking normal doesn’t give u.

Ryan guy
12:16 pm March 22nd, 2016

Personally…. most comments on here are wrong. I shoot everything from crack to hank to suboxen. Not proud of it just have maybe a addiction to the process of injecting drugs. Anyways, I been low on cash for two weeks now, my sister is kind enough to give me about a quarter to a half strip of suboxen everyday. I shoot it, one more than one occasion I didn’t wait to be in withdrawal. Well I did instantly feel sick as a dog and kinda panicked. But literally it’s just the sub kicking the present opiates off the receptors. I have to say longest this should take is 30 minutes. So if you don’t wanna wait for full blow misery, man/woman up and bang it or eat it, whatever you prefer. Lay down and enjoy the sickness for max 30 minutes then as I like to say you get your legs back and feel fine, maybe even high if you do enough.

Now my experience with doing a quarter piece of suboxen then doing a opiate. I have been getting 50 mcg/he fentanyl patches and I try to do the whole 24 hour thing but I just smoked and banged a nice amount of crack with a friend and I do not like the come down. I feel the opiates help me level out and not go full blown crack head and carpet crawl… Lol some ppl will know what I mean. Anyways doing a quarter to a half strip of suboxen by injecting it I have only waited 6 hours and chewed the he’ll outta my patch and have had full blown effects from it. So this 24-72 hour bullshit is false. At least for me. Now let’s say you are doing a whole suboxen and have I been for some time then I could see it being 24 hours. Luckily I don’t have to use suboxen that much or long before I can score some good hank, fentanyl patch, oxy, or new personal favorite, a little light yellow pill called daylatah. “that spelling is beyond Fucked up” but they hit you harder than most hank and after you crush it and I mix it with about 30cc of water and a little heat, there is no left over anything. Just a nice yellowish liquid that draws up well through a cigarette filter.” I always use cigarette filters, even if it’s a butt. The nicotine in the filter gives ya a nice rush for a sec too to be honest”. Anyways that’s what I have experienced in my personal low spot in life. And no I’m not a thief or piece of Shit. I did 8 years in the Marines, I am a 0331 with 3 deployments and 2 combat action ribbons. One for Iraqi campaign and the other Afghan campaign. I was exposed to things most ppl and even more so most military personnel don’t see. Other 03’s in the Marines can back this statement up. Due to this I have found comfort in substance abuse. I am currently rated at 70% disability through the VA for PTSD and TBI due to three concussions I received from IED blasts and one was received from being to close and a little in front of a main tank gun firing. End of story. Let’s get high!

Edge
4:54 pm March 28th, 2016

To much help out their not to b helped and in grateful but us addicts r complicated people I just hope one day I get it

thomas
7:52 pm April 2nd, 2016

Can i takevthe 8/2 strip orally after takeing 150 mgs ofvseroquell to slleep it if .will i go into instant withdrawls if i mix these.together to sleep ut off?

Erek
2:55 am April 7th, 2016

I was a hard core drug addict since the age of 14. in fact i started doing opiates before i started smoking ciggs. etherway i have been shooting up suboxone everyday more than once a day for 6 yrs now i have shot the strips the orange pills and the white pills all of them 8 mg never tryed lower dose pills or strips. ether way i have been opiate clean for 5 and a half yrs now. the main thing i want people to know is i have not had any short term or long term bad side effects so yea its a life saver and life changer. i thank god every day that R@B invented this drug because now i live a normal life. just wish i could meet the people who invented this and thank them.

erin
3:57 pm April 7th, 2016

Naloxone does not cause severe wd symptoms when injected, on a regular occasion when a person has NOTHInG else in their system. The only reason it causes someone to go into wd is if they still have a different opiate attached to the receptors in their brain. The Bupe actually is the one who knocks the remaining opiates off of the receptors and thus causes severe wd. Precipitated withdrawal. The only way you’ll have this happen to you is if you inject your sub too soon after using a different opiate. Subs should only be used when one is in pretty severe wd. That’s all. There’s so much ignorance surrounding this subject. Injecting subs is NEVER a good idea but if you do you should use a micron filter or filter your sub at least three times before you shoot it. Until the liquid suboxone in the syringe looks like water. That way you’re shooting way less particles and such into your veins. Shooting subs will no doubt collapse your veins in like, a month flat if you shoot consistently. It’s really not worth it.

Skyedr
4:27 am April 8th, 2016

If u get sick after shooting suboxone it’s cause u still have OPOIDS FROM OPIATES IN YOUR SYSTEM.

James
4:29 am April 10th, 2016

If you want to build up your veins again then start working out with weights. After about a month you will notice those small veins getting larger. As far as shooting Subs, it doesn’t turn your veins into cartilage. Just like shooting H or coke or whatever, eventually the veins will collapse and/or get smaller (the body is protecting itself).

Shooting Subs is just substituting the experience of shooting H. Its the ritual… getting the spoon, the water, heating it up, mixing it, dropping the cotton in the spoon and drawing it up in the needle. It is replacing one addiction for another. But Subs do let you live a fairly normal life. You can hold down a job and function without worrying about how to hustle up $$ to get the next fix.

How I wish I never went down this road in life…

L. L.
5:57 pm April 12th, 2016

So I’ve been reading most of these posts about injecting sub films cause I’m craving that feeling or action of prepping and shooting. I’m gonna go ahead and do it and let u his kno. I’ve been an addict for a while now, lets see u was 19 web I started w coke, then tried h nd got hook for a few months but stoped cause I got preg. After my first baby, went back to work nd started again, I think worse. Then moved to get away but started again. Moved back home nd got cream for a coupe years but getting subs. Anyway, long story short, I’ve injected a lot of times just for the rush, I even shot whiskey one find cause the craving was so bad. I’ve alway been careful to do everything right nd clean, never got an abscess or n nothing but cotton fever. I’ve been taking subs films and pills for a few months so I don’t have any opiates in my system. I’ll post after I do it…

Jcm
9:41 am April 25th, 2016

Smashed some suboxone out of curiosity and for the fact I had indulged in some stupid dope, it had no effect whatsoever not bad nor good and I have been taking it for probably close to a year , I did some opiates within 24-36 hours before too

CC
6:23 pm May 4th, 2016

Im shooting suboxone for two weeks I want to stop but I’m scared if I’m going to have withdrawals. Can someone tell me if I’m going to be OK if I stop now?! Plz

Frank
11:09 pm May 15th, 2016

Can subs/bupe be injected into the veins in your legs?

John
8:04 am May 24th, 2016

I’ve been on the suboxone program for over eight years now- been injecting for the last two or three years. I do it to make the meds go further because I can’t seem to stop abusing them- so when I run low I start injecting to try and stave off withdrawal until I can get my next script. So why not inject all the time so maybe I wouldn’t run out at all- because I hate shooting up, i want to stop. I have no idea why i started abusing the medication- i think because my tolerance built until it no longer gave me that optimistic, motivated feeling- not high but close enough. So i started chasing it, then someone showed me how to inject and that made the medication go so much further at first- it fixed everything. But now my tolerance has built to that as well- it helps a little when I run low but not much. This is driving me crazy though- this getting sick every month and having to freak out and try to find something- it drives you to desperate behaviors. i’m taking care of my dying parents- one 83 the other 72- this is the last thing I need now, i don’t have time for this. They need me every day, I can not be sick. Something has to give.

Nathan g
1:44 pm May 29th, 2016

I Have been using suboxone on and off for three years. I started with a pill habit (from 45 to 70 mg per day. Due to unavailablity i was unable too obtain any oxy)codone. I spoke to a friend at work about not feeling well due to my lack of pain medication. He told me that he was perscribed suboxone and offered me just 2mg to try. Ithelped immensely. All withdrawl effects diminished and i felt great. I had a high with lack of pain. Itching (which i enjoy and attribute to being high when in all reality is a side effect of stress on your kidneys and liver). And a high energy level. I started buying suboxone on the street because it was much cheaper than when buying pills opposed to getting them prescribed. I continued this for eighteen months until i was unable to obtain them as well. I tried to go back to pills and found them to be ineffective. I was able to do 200 mg plus without the desired results.i was ran out of money and was still sick. As a result i tried heroin. Part of me still wasnt right but i git far closer to normalcy. I ended up doing all sorts of drugs intravenously tha i wouldnt have tried otherwise.after doing heroin lobg enough i became an addict to it solely. The withdrawl was horrible but only lasted 3-5 days. I got back on suboxone to kick the heroin and when i tried to quit. Withdrawaled for over a month… A MONTH I SAY before effects diminished. Suboxone is a highly engineered drug that possibly could be beneficial under the right circumstance. I currently am back on them legally. I have a perscription for sixteen mg a day which is eight times more than when i was using them illegally. I have been clean from other things whilr i have been prescribed them but i know deep down suboxone has been my absolute worst problem ever and am absolutely terrified to get off of them. I realize that i will either live on them or die without them. I will never consider myself clean on them. They arent like any normal recreational drug in the fact that you withdrawl forever.i am going to try to quit them again so any prayers will be greatly appreciated. God i wish i was on dope instead of this… I likely wont survive

Nate
1:52 pm May 29th, 2016

Suboxone ruined my life. I would rather quit heroin five times than subs once. Recovery from subs is a lie. I am back on em annd am accepting the fact that i will die addicted to them or from trying to get off them. Stick to the opiates until tou are strong enough to fo through the little ass three day withdrawl. Subs are ao much worse

Thomas
6:47 pm June 5th, 2016

Okay if you are serious about getting straight you should try this drug and give it a chance
I walked off a Methadone clinic detoxing from 180 mg to 30 mg and did the switch i was very sick but not as sick if i was in jail kicking methadone cold turkey.
The thing is you have to get a script for this and maybe get some from a friend the more you put into your system it boots the narcotic ie heroin oxycontin oxycodone methadone after it knocks this out you will feel like a new person I wish they had this 30 years ago but i live a very nice new life

Betty
1:42 am June 19th, 2016

My ex daughter in law is in the hospital right now from injecting suboxen strips, I have no clue how she did that, but, she almost died, she has massive blood clots in her lungs and vascular system, her arm swelled to almost bursting from cellulitis, and she contracted mrsa, an almost always deadly disease. She swelled like a balloon and was life flighted, she almost died. She’s been in the hospital for six weeks has two to go, suboxen strips gel when injected in the veins! It’s not sterile, hence the Mrsa. Why would one do that? She was a heroin addict.

st524
6:20 pm June 22nd, 2016

A family member has been addicted to pain pills for the last 9 years and meth at times within and before that. Two and a half years ago he claimed he was done living that life and decided to to suboxone treatment. At first he seemed sincere and even did a couple months of NA. But it didn’t last. He said NA was full of court ordered addicts that didn’t really want to stop their drug. So he quit going. I tried to find him therapy elsewhere but he always had excusses why he couldn’t go. Shortly after that, I started finding needles, caps, water bottle caps with cotton and bent spoons. I’m pretty sure by that point he was injecting the sub. I’ve also seen days of vomitting for no apparent reason and days he just can’t seem to get out of bed. When confronted, he always lies. He tells his other addict friends that he takes the sub for the blocker. From reading comments I see that the blocker doesn’t work when injecting. I need to know if you can tell from the discription if he is injecting to use less sub or if he’s doing it because he is taking something else and needs to inject for either withdrawls or to get the other drug out of his system to test right at the doctor.

Jd
7:45 am July 24th, 2016

I find it vary interesting that you can go on this blog and read about people shooting suboxone. And how everyone seem to have the same result . About 90% of us say the same thing we felt like we’re going to die and we withdraw get sick and so on. So if your thinking of trying it and your reading blog after blog about what happens. Don’t . Unfortunately I have always been one to lern the hard way and have to try it. And I was seconds from calling my nieghbor for help but I pulled it barly. Wen it come to injecting any substance you should alway be with some one who know what there doing . So with that’s said don’t shoot suboxone ever pill form or the strips the chances of death are pritty up there people have die doing it but everyones body chemestry is different . Now if you have the regular buprenorphine tablet 2 mg or 8 mg also know as subutex then yes these are water solubal. Meaning wen you crush them up and add water a cotton filter and draw it up just like if you were to do a shot heroin. I have been exspermenting with this for about 2 years. I use to. Be able to do a sub ish about 10-12 hours after
My last heroin shot depending on how good the heroin is. Good H I wait as long as I can pushing 20 hours or so befor doing the sub shot . There has been a.few times were I thought it was long enough and I shoot about 4mg. And I sent my self into way they call PAWS Post acute withdraw symptoms. That’s wen you induce withdraw to your self. And I end up flipping around and cringing for about 4-5 hours befor dosing off to sleep. Wen you awake you will feel much better then you did befor you fell asleep. But hay remember this my excperence with this drug just because i miniplate this drug to work for me doesn’t mean you will have the same results be careful and to every one out there whos going through the same struggles with addiction play safe.

Keith
6:38 pm July 31st, 2016

Perfectly written!

Jimmyjo
1:34 am August 6th, 2016

Has anyone injected the white suboxones with N8 on one side and an arrow on the other? They smell kind of fruity was just wondering if it’s the same as any other suboxes or not. Please let me know something asap

Cheryl
6:31 pm September 9th, 2016

I have been on sibling for 2 years in the afternoon I’m so tired I am in bed at 5pm I don’t go out at night cause I’m tired is this normal

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About Dr. Jeffrey Junig, MD, PhD

Dr. Jeffrey Junig, MD, PhD is a psychiatrist practicing in northeast Wisconsin, in recovery from opioid dependence. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and holds a PhD in Neuroscience. He writes about buprenorphine at Suboxone Talk Zone, and manages a forum for patients taking buprenorphine called SuboxForum.

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