How Long Does Suboxone Stay In Your System?

One dose of buprenorphine (found in Suboxone) stays in your system and can be detected in urine for 3 days. Learn more about Suboxone half life and detection times here.

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Reviewed by: Dr. Dili Gonzalez, M.D. Dr. Juan Goecke, M.D.

ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Buprenorphine has an average half-life from 24 – 60 hours and naloxone’s half-life ranges from 2 – 12 hours. The relatively long half-life of buprenorphine has been designed to help treat and manage opiate withdrawal symptoms, by maintaining opioid partial agonist levels in the brain. Still, buprenorphine can be detected in your urine for up to 3 days after one single dose, and possibly days later if you are using Suboxone in high doses over time. More on detection times and Suboxone’s effects here.


What Is Suboxone?

Suboxone is the brand name of a medicine that is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used in medication-assisted treatment to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates, such as pain relievers like morphine.

The active ingredients in Suboxone are buprenorphine and naloxone. The two work together to lower cravings for stronger drugs while simultaneously blocking the action of opiates or opioids. In fact, buprenorphine has unique pharmacological properties that help:

  • Diminish the effects of physical dependency to opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
  • Increase safety in cases of overdose.
  • Lower the potential for misuse.

Because buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist, it produces effects such as euphoria or respiratory depression. However, these effects are weaker than those of full strength opiate drugs such as heroin, codeine, or fentanyl.

Taking Suboxone

Suboxone is mainly administered as a sublingual medication in either film or tablet form which dissolves under the tongue, although many people favor the film for its taste.

Suboxone is meant to be taken as a single daily dose. The recommended daily dose for Suboxone maintenance is 16/4 mg (ratio of buprenorphine to naloxone), although dosage can be progressively increased to a level that supports treatment and suppresses opioid withdrawal signs and symptoms Maximum recommended daily dosage of Suboxone is 24/6 mg.

Buprenorphine’s opioid effects increase with each dose until at moderate doses they level off, even with further dose increases. This “ceiling effect” lowers the risk of misuse, dependency, and side effects. In addition, because of buprenorphine’s long-acting agent, many persons may not have to take it every day.

National Library of Medicine images how Suboxone looks here [1]:

Peak Levels And Half-Life

The half-life of any drug, medication or substance is the period of time necessary for half the drug to be eliminated or disintegrated by natural processes in the body. Because Suboxone contains two active ingredients, the half-lives for buprenorphine and naloxone are different and should be considered separate chemicals.

Based on studies performed with Suboxone, buprenorphine has an average half-life from 24 – 60 hours and naloxone half-life ranges from 2 – 12 hours. The relatively long half-life of buprenorphine has been designed to help treat and manage opiate withdrawal symptoms, by maintaining opioid partial agonist levels in the brain.

During clinical trials, the onset of buprenorphine effects appear quite rapidly, with most doses nearing peak effect after 90-100 minutes. Still, a mass balance study of buprenorphine showed complete recovery of radiolabel in urine (30%) and feces (69%) collected up to 11 days after dosing.

Blood, Hair, And Urine Sample Tests

Drug testing is frequently a mandatory part of Suboxone maintenance treatment, or could be ordered by your school or work. Most drug tests during Suboxone treatment are looking for other drugs of use. However, in general, detection of a drug depends on BOTH usage factors and characteristics of the specific drug.

  • Dose.
  • Frequency of use.
  • Time since last use.

After a single dose of Suboxone (buprenorphine) in healthy adults, the average detection time for this drug was 9 hours with cloned enzyme donor immunoassay (CEDIA) and 76 hours with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS).

Currently, no precise test is commercially sold to measure the buprenorphine levels in Suboxone, although buprenorphine can be detected in urine, blood, or hair by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in urine. Specific urine based tests are ordered for Suboxone testing and include cloned enzyme donor immunoassay (CEDIA) or liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) tests. In addition, oral fluid can also be used to monitor the use of this opioid.


Significant respiratory depression has been associated with buprenorphine, particularly when administered intravenously. A number of deaths have occurred when people have intravenously misused buprenorphine, usually taking it with benzodiazepines at the same time. Deaths have also been reported in association with concomitant administration of buprenorphine and other depressants such as alcohol or other opioids.

This is why the following should be taken into account if you are starting treatment with Suboxone:

  • A serious overdose might occur if benzodiazepines, sedatives, tranquilizers, antidepressants, or alcohol are taken at the same time as Suboxone.
  • Suboxone may impair the mental or physical abilities required for the performance of potentially dangerous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery.
  • People should consult their physician if other prescription medications are currently being used or are prescribed for future use.
  • Persons should inform their family members that, in the event of emergency, the treating physician or emergency room staff should be informed that the person is physically dependent on opioids and that the person is being treated with Suboxone.
  • People who misuse, abuse, or divert buprenorphine products or other opioids should be provided with, or referred to, more intensive and structured treatment under medical supervision.

Suboxone Side Effects

The most common adverse events reported in clinical trials with Suboxone were:

  • Anxiety.
  • Asthenia.
  • Constipation.
  • Depression.
  • Headache.
  • Infection.
  • Insomnia.
  • Nausea.
  • Pain (abdominal pain, back pain).
  • Rhinitis.
  • Sweating.
  • Withdrawal syndrome.

Perhaps the most serious side effect of Suboxone and similar drugs is the potential for abuse and addiction, which can in time lead to severe health effects and overdose.

Does Suboxone Cause Dependence?

Yes, Suboxone causes physical dependence.

Regular, daily administration of Suboxone produces dependence of the opiate type, characterized by withdrawal upon abrupt discontinuation or rapid taper. The withdrawal syndrome is milder than seen with full agonists, and may be delayed in onset.

Because it contains naloxone, Suboxone is highly likely to produce marked and intense withdrawal symptoms if misused parenterally by persons dependent on opioid agonists such as heroin, morphine, or methadone. Sublingually, Suboxone may cause opioid withdrawal symptoms in such persons if administered before the agonist effects of the opioid have subsided.

Signs Of A Drug Problem

As with all drugs of abuse, the likelihood that you can become addicted to Suboxone is related to how you take it and how fast you experience desired results. If you are using Suboxone without a prescription or have been previously addicted to opiates, the risk of addiction increases, and clearly these are signs of a problem. Some of the main signs of a drug problem with Suboxone include:

  • Doctor shopping for more Suboxone.
  • Losing control over dosage amounts and frequency.
  • Taking Suboxone to get high.

Because of buprenorphine’s opioid effects, it can be misused, particularly by people who do not have an opioid dependency. Still, it’s difficult to get high on Suboxone. Naloxone is added to buprenorphine to decrease the likelihood of diversion and misuse of the combination drug product. When these products are taken as sublingual tablets, buprenorphine’s opioid effects dominate and naloxone blocks opioid withdrawals. If the sublingual tablets are crushed and injected, however, the naloxone effect dominates and can bring on opioid withdrawals.

Overdose Signs

It is very hard to overdose on this particular drug; however it is possible. This can cause extreme and widespread depression of a number of physiological processes, including slowed breathing and heart rate, coma and even death.

Seek immediate medical treatment and CALL 911 if you or someone you know experience the following symptoms [2]:

  • Intermittent loss of consciousness.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Profound drowsiness.
  • Slowed breathing.
  • Sluggish reflexes.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Vision problems.

Who Use Suboxone?

In United States, buprenorphine has gained popularity as a drug of abuse. It is sought by a wide variety of narcotic abusers: young persons, non-addicted opioid abusers, heroin addicts and buprenorphine treatment clients. So, what do some of the statistics reveal?

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that an estimated of 712,000 persons or 0.3 percent of people aged 12 or older misused buprenorphine products in 2016. What’s more, while the increase of people who misuse Suboxone is on the rise, so are deaths and overdose. [3]

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN ED), an estimated 21,483 emergency department visits were associated with nonmedical use of buprenorphine in 2011, nearly five times the 4,440 estimated number of buprenorphine visits in 2006. [4] The American Association of Poison Control Centers Annual Report indicates that U.S. poison centers recorded 3,625 case mentions and three deaths involving toxic exposure from buprenorphine in 2011. In 2014, the same organization reported 2,137 single exposures. [5]

Recent increases in the incidence of opioid abuse and dependence as well as increases in the number of person’s individual providers may treat lead to continued increases in Suboxone exposure.

So, if you think you have a problem…you are not alone!

Please reach out for help.

Problems With Suboxone?

If you think that you have a problem with Suboxone, you probably do. However, help is available. Please write us here with your questions or comments or need for help. We will try to respond to you personally and promptly. Or, give us a call. The hotline number is listed above.

Reference Sources: [1] NIH: Suboxone
[2] Home
[3] SAMHSA: Results From The 2016 National Survey On Drugs Use And Health
[4] SAMHSA: The DAWN report: Emergency Department Visits Involving Buprenorphine
[5] AAPCC: National Poison Data System Annual Report
DEA: Buprenorphine
FDA: Suboxone
MEDSCAPE: Buprenorphine/Naloxone Toxicity Treatment & Management
NCBI: Buprenorphine
NSDUH: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
SAMHSA: Buprenorphine
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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  1. My question is I have some one I love and care about deeply and she will take 5 suboxon 8mg strips in less than 20 hours what are the chances of death for her????

  2. I have had buprenorphine show up on a drug screen 14 days after I had stopped and was only on a small dose for 1 month. For a new job I failed the urine test?? Anyone hav this ?? Any and all comments will be appreciated.

  3. My partner has taken 8mg of saboxin he s not an addict but he s very high so how long will it take to wear of I’m feeling quite concerned could he OD and is there anything I can give him or do to get it out of his system

  4. Been on suboxone for about 8 yrs. Dr cut me down to 4 mg and for the past couple months ive been ahort because i take more than suppose to i still feel the need to take more. Dr is only about decreasing not increasing. I was on 6 mg for about 5 yrs then this dr lowers me. I feel ok bit some days i need more physically my body hurts and i get very moody if i domt have it should i look for another dr?

  5. How long does it take a Glee take for a person to become dependent on Suboxone would taking Suboxone 2 mg a day for 6 months cause withdrawals

  6. How long does it take for people to become dependent on suboxone would 2mg a day for 6months cause withdrawls?

  7. I have been studying effects of bupenorphine for some time and have been trying to get funding for additional reasearch into its negitive qualities through a non profit named PCORI, i myself have become a prisoner of this medication and will eventually start a study group on its effects on children who were born on it. Im trying to find insight on all different methods used to taper off and difference between all the other pharmaceuticals like it..if anyone has any input knowledge is power..i refuse to be a slave to big pharma..and a slave within myself inprisoned by a substance…HELP..I KNOW from personal experience if used for long term it can create health issues..only problem is the reasearch is not there and i dont yet have a phd….all input would be greatly appreviated

  8. My daughter has been shotting up suboxen for three years and the latter subtext three times a day. She says she hasn’t done anything but is still peeing deity.

  9. Robyn, I too have severe edema. My doctors are not positive as to the cause but the pain is so incredible that I have to be hospitalized for weeks at a time and am put on IV dilaudid which barely touches the pain. I can not wall to even urinate and often require cathordization. Because I suffer from two separate autoimmune disorders the doctors have been in the opinion that although I’ve recently began taking suboxone to help with pain control that it has nothing to do with the other…then I saw your post. Are you positive suboxone is the cause of your edema? Of so is your physician team willing to try plain Buprenorphin? I’m only asking as I have recently been switched over and seem to have much less severe cases of edema.

  10. I was prescribed suboxone for 10 yrs. starting at 24mg per day, by the 8th yr I had tapered down to 8mg per day. In May I started tapering down 1mg every other week. Nov. 2, 2016 was my last day of suboxone. Physical withdrawal has passed EXCEPT my hands constantly shake and I’m having painful tingling sensations in my forearms. Is this common and if so how long can this continue? I have been prescribed Effexor for depression & anxiety.

  11. i was heroin addict for5 yrs, then ovarian cancer 100mg fetynyl patches for 2years then dialaudids and when i went into remission that was it dr just wouldn’t do anything to help me off the meds i go 3 suboxone 8mg from a friend cut them in quarters took one every other day them switched to super strong pot candi caramels made with honey oil and i am not a pot smoker at all it makes me paranoid and feels like withdrawels to me but the candi was different experience all together i wouldn’t say it totally took away wd i mean i still had runs and sneezy but cold sweats were gone and i could eat n sleep i used candi for 2months and have been clean for a year now

  12. I’m in the methadone clinic and I really wanna switch to the Suboxone clinic, but I’m really nervous about if I’ll be sick or something. Does anyone have any answers please please please. I don’t like going to the methadone clinic Everyday it’s a pain in the Ass. I mean what do they start you on? My friend said they would probably start me on two 8 strips I guess I’ll have to find out

  13. I have been one 3 8 mg of subutex for four years I was wondering about how long it would stay in my system since I have been on such s high level and used a final script to tapper off. My dr just started drug testing and I have been off for about a month. Will trace amounts show up due to the length of time I’ve been in subutex and the high dose? Please help. It is sent to a lab. I considered using a drink to make all of the meds get out of my system as I am also on benzodiazepines that are prescribed, but I’m worried the lab test at quest may detect the drink

  14. I was on suboxin for 8 dr took me off in 4 weeks.. I wanted to be weaned off, not ripped off that quickly.i became very sick,very quickly,went to detox center.went to rehab.was still sick. Didn’t sleep for few months. Lost a lot of weight,couldn’t eat. I now have a major anxiety disorder,depression. Been in 2 psych wards ,with problems I am told from the suboxin changing my brain makeup. Please don’t stay on this stuff long

  15. I’ve been a heroin addict for 15 years and now I’ve been clean a year with subs but now feel like I’m addicted to the subs I’m tired of this struggle I probably am down to a 1/4 piece how long is the kick on such a small amount but intervenious use is the break longer ??

  16. I go to a pain cinic and get prescribed methodone for pain. I took a small dose of.a suboxone stripe tonite for first time. Today is monday going to pain clinic on weds. Will the suboxone show up at pain clinic .c them in two

  17. I have been on suboxone for 6 years for a opioid addiction. Started at three 8mg per day and am now trying to get off. I’m at 2mg per day. During my treatment I stopped using Sub for a week after a car wreck and a kidney stone. Took the opioid after a week off Sub with ZERO effect. I know the longer you take it the longer it stays in your system. There are factors like Walter intake, fat cells, duration of treatment, etc. There is a pain medication (Bupropion) in the Sub plus Narcan which is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks or reverses opioids. If you take an opioid while using Sub you are wasting your time and money. Not to mention your psyche. I need major oral surgery and have to get off the Sub, which in my experience is harder to kick than opioids. Used Sub to get off opioid but nothing there to get off Sub but sheer determination! It is my understanding that if you end up in the ER for a pain related injury Fentanyl might work but I have never tried it! Good luck!

  18. Unfortunatly i got hooked on injecting suboxone and i am having a hard time getting off of them because of how sick it makes me…i have alot of health problems and i am always in pain which is how i got hooked on the suboxone…i need to know how to get off them and not feel like im dying…i cant afford to b sick right now…a.d i need to know the best and fastest way to get suboxone out of my system to pass a drug test by tuesday afternoon…plz help me!

  19. I started sundown Oct 3, 2015 (6 months ago).I was originally prescribed 8-2. 2x day, although the first 3 months I took 1 strip a day or 3-4 strip a day. Today 6 months onto it I am trying to decrease to 4mg day and I after doing this for a week (skipping whenever I can) I plan to go to 2mg day for 1-2 weeks then 1milligrams daily til I can skip every other day for a week and then I am going. to jump off, I am bipolar with severe anxiety disorder and the suboxen is not mixing well with the ativan. I notice better results with valium but I can’t go back on valium for one more month. I was on class 2 pain killers for 32 years and I just wanted out of my opiate addiction, and I want to break the sundown before I become severely hooked. Am I on the right track?

  20. I am prescribed oxy 80s for ruptured discs. my problem is that I run out before my next visit to my doc. I get a few subs from a friend to hold me over till my next appt. Now my doc has told me that he has to start pee testing me. if I save some of my 80s and take a few days worth of subs and then restart my 80s say a week before my appt. will the subs show up in my urine test

  21. im currently tapering of suboxone and have been at very low doses for weeks. My current dose of an 8/2 mg strip is about the size of 2 ball point pen tips put together. I almost can’t hold it. I have to pass a urine test any day and want to know if such a low dose is detectable? I also take amino acids and vitamin supplements to help ease the withdrawal symptoms, any other advice to help me get off of this

  22. Have been on percocet (60-80mgs a day) for 2 weeks. Am starting suboxone 8mg, one a day for 7 days. Is that enough to get me through the withdraw period of the percocets? Thanks for your help?

  23. Are there programs to help someone addicted to suboxone ? The person I’m inquiring for lives in Vicksburg,Ms 39180 thank u

  24. I have been on suboxone for three years now. Some days I take two 8mg tabs some days three. I want to come off them and it has been very difficult to even try to cut down. So I was thinking of just stopping all at once And let myself start getting sick. Then from there I will take one 8mg pill and slowly taper off the eight milligrams. My question is how many days do you think it will take for me to start getting sick? My anixity is so bad when I try not to take them so I just want to know so I can mentally prepare myself. Thank you for any answers.

    1. Hi, Rochelle. You can call the number displayed on our site to get in touch with our trusted treatment providers to help you access the right kind of treatment that will fit your needs. Moreover, you may try SAMHSA’s treatment locator:
      You can add more details like insurance, location, sex, etc in order to find an adequate treatment facility. Good luck!

  25. so I was a heroin user and I got clean and have been in treatment for a little over 5 months now(this is my 3rd time being in treatment and I pray to god it is my last). Unfortunately I relapsed and have been using a small amount for each of the last 3 days, today being the 3rd and last time. I am prescribed Zubsolve 5.7mg/1.4mg(buprenorphine/naloxone) and was wondering how long I should wait to take about a 2-3mg dose. I split one into 3rds and was planning on taking 1/3rd at first then waiting awhile to take the rest.. How long should I wait to take this dose so I do not go into precipitated withdraw?

    ps- even if you are not able to give me an answer by the time that I take the zubsolve, please give me an answer as soon as possible either way.. I don’t want to ever use opiates again and I really hope and pray this is my last relapse but that is easier said then done, but I’m keepin my hopes up because I want to be a clean/drug free person I hate being on drugs and the lifestyle that comes with it… But I would appreciate it if you could give me an answer so that if I ever do go through the problem of relapsing again, I will already know how long to wait and not have to guess it on my own.. thank you very much for your time and support.

  26. I have been a hardcore opiate user for going on 20 years. It started with Oxy 80s, I was doing 5 not to be sick and at least 10 to have fun, then came plans, before long it was the same with them, 4 or 5 to keep from getting sick and 8 plus to have a good night. Then they made everything tamper resistant. Don’t get me wrong I never injected anything but sure did lol the smell and taste. The new generic oxymorphone is ok but I’d started subs buy then and it just wasn’t the same. What I don’t understand is that my tolerance for any of the remaining party favors remains the same but it takes a quarter of a strip to keep me feeling normal do the day. My doctor started me on 3 8mg strips a day but one was too much. I never told him that and kept getting them until the insurance companies started cutting buck to 2 a day. I’ve decided I’m tired of the castle so I’m planning on stopping all together. I cut my strips in to 8 equal pieces, took 1 a day for 8 days then started skipping a day. So far no problems. Next I’ll skip 2 days and if all goes well just quit after that. I’m not sure how it works for everyone else but it’s been pretty simple for me. I never got high but it took care of the cravings and the restless leg syndrome and, to me, that was the worst part. I’m glad to be done with it all, well almost done, but there are days I would give just about anything for the taste of a real Oxy just one more time.

  27. My friend jus got out of prison a couple weeks ago and started using suboxone a week ago about 4 mg a day and today is sun she has a drug test wed am if she stops today will she pass?

  28. I have a question. ive taken suboxone every way you can, the right way under my tounge, ive sniffed it, and a few years ago a friend introduced me to iv’ing them. ive been trying to stop and just always seem to go back to the needle. Im disquisted in myself because i told myself id never do it and my addict way of thinking was atleast im not sniffing oxys or doing dope anymore. Im prescribed to xanax and they help when it comes to trying to stop injecting and ill just take the sub the right way, ive only gone as long as 2weeks without injecting in the past 2-3years. Im prescribed to them so i have to take a portion of my script properly so my levels are good but still find myself not being able to stop shooting them atleast 2-4 times a day, i use to do it 8-10 times a day. What can i do to stop? Please email me or respond when you get a chance ifs ruining my life and ive been to detoxs abd have been sectioned because i live in mass and ive never met anyone else who especially is an opiate addict whos switched over to doing what i am, i cant tell if its the needle im addicted to or what. Please give feedback. Thank you

    Also i left out im presricbed to 16mgs a day but dont take all of that. I use to iv 8mgs a day but now im taking 8mgs a day properly but not all at once and am still injecting atleast 1-3mgs a day in between taking the whole 8mg. I have one last question, i get the pills and cant put a whole one under my tounge at once so i do them in pieces, what is the best way to maximize my levels? I know the obvious answer would to take exactly what im prescribed too but what i should say is how can i get maximum absorption. Also what i forgot to ask in my previous post is what would i do to get off of abusing suboxone? Is there a medication that could lean me off of it? I know this sounds completely stupid but i went back to doing oxys for a week so i could go into withdrawal from the oxy and took the suboxone properly and tapered off and thats when i got 2 weeks clean but i ended up relapsing cause i tend to isolate alot cause all my friends are dying and do dooe, not what im doing is any better.

  29. I took 1 whole 8mg suboxone and started freaking out because I was still withdrawing so I took another 12mg 20mins later. I feel sick now. How long will this all be in my system??

  30. Hello,
    I’ve been struggling for a couple of years with suboxane! I then started to try and ween myself off. But my problem is I can’t get threw the withdrawals so I literally take tiny pieces of suboxane. I take an 8mg pill split in half and split the halfs in half which last me like 5 days. Lastnight I took a little less than half and I got a big headache. The following day I woke up at 5am and it’s now 2pm and haven’t even taking a piece. I took a walk to see if that could help! Please let me no what I need to do to end this addiction. Thank you

  31. I know someone on Suboxone who apparently has very serious sleep disturbances: Stays up till early morning hours…CANNOT get up in the a.m. for appointments and other responsibilities….then tired during daytime. Affecting their life in a big way. Is this common?

  32. Joe- Yes there is hope for her! I’m married and my husband stays by my side.. She’s going threw enough.. I’m on a very low dose and actually I have tapered myself off.. Two days ago was my last dose.. So it’s possible to stop when your ready and if used correctly then it can work magic in helping.. Hope and pray everything works out..

  33. I have have a soon to be ex wife who left me for her addiction, she is on Suboxone and breaks my heart I will never see her again, I hope she get better, even after all the hurt she caused, just wanted to know if there is hope for her..

  34. I have been on pain meds(norco, then fentanyl patch, then Norco, M.S. Contin ER, then MS Contin Immediate relase and Norco-I had my last yesterday morning and took 4 mg of suboxone this morning roughly 8 hrs. I feel so bad-nauseated-bone tired andf headache plus eyes hurt and I feel like I am not breathing though obviously I am. I have anxiety attacks so I took 1/4 of 1mg Xanax after my pharmacist said it should be okay. I have a heart condition and when I tried to kick a couple of years ago my pain mgmt put me on Methadone and landed me in intensive care for 5 days because the Meth interracted with my heart med sending the heart into V-fib-almost died. This time my pain doctor said this suboxone was the ticket-wouldn’t interract or harm my compromised liver. I have or had Hep-C but cleared it 8 years ago with interferon but liver is stage 3 for cirrhosis and fibrosis. Sorry about the long back ground story but it leads me up to my question. How long before i flush this poison(to me) out of my body and what is the best way? I’m drinking water and powerade but have no appetite at all. I feel like caving and going to emergency room but it is a weekend and bad things and mistakes happen on weekends. I’m really a high anxiety personality and hoping it is my imagination and will pass soon. Tried calling my pain doctor and they never return calls. I swore the last time she changed my meds never again and here I am again…hanging on the edge of a cliff. I probably already know the answer….just tough it out or go to er and mostly stop whining….this sucks.

  35. I am currently 27 weeks pregnant and I am weaning off of subutex. I am currently down to about 1.5mg a day and taking lower amounts every other day. My question is, when I do take my last dose how many days will it be when I test clean with NO subutex in my system?? I don’t want to test positive for subutex and I don’t want my baby to be born with this medication in her system.. I am prescribed subutex and I got permission to wean off by my doctor.. As long as I feel good and have no problems..

  36. just a quick question I am currently on pain management and I ran out of my medication started feeling bad I was given a half a piece of Suboxone film been taking little pieces of it for a few days to the last one this morning I have a urine drug test 6 days from now I’m hoping this about some will be out of my system can you give me any advice on this or how long I should wait

  37. I just want my life back, I have to find a way to get off subutex, I’ve researched this 10 grand miracle 6 hour Detox, where they put you to sleep and when u wake up ur physical withdrawals are no more,…so my story is this I’m 28 and feeling swallowed I have been injecting it for a year, everyone has there reasons I don’t want to share mine I don’t want pitty I’m finally ready to have my life try to quit and end up having a mini stroke probably because my blood pressure was to high from w/d. I would love to have ten grand , but that’s just not feasible so what are my legitimate options, I beat this before when I was 19 with running and Valium a few tabs. For the really bad nights I couldn’t sleep and hated life, but I wasn’t working. Now 8 years later here I am but I can’t afford to take off work too many bills.

  38. Do not start on suboxone. I would look for alternative treatment like complete abstinence and a 12 step program. I went on subs for what was supposed to be a 6 week taper. 14 months later on still on it and cant get off. Im on 2-4mg daily. I wished now I never started it for now I have another monkey on my back.

  39. Took small pieces of suboxone no more than over 2 1/2 mlg over 3 daysspahow long will remain in system drug test in 7 days last taken today

  40. I have been on Suboxone for almost 3 years cut down to 2mg & just stopped. This is day 6 without & I am in hell. When can I expect some relief

  41. My son is shooting it up. I don’t understand. I thought it wasn’t addictive. The doctor he goes to does not care. He was doing xanax to. Not sure if he is still. He started another clinic that really wants him on it. He recently had his child in the car with him. Got in trouble and back to suboxone. This is just a very messed up situation.

  42. Please help me understand why after so many days i still was going threw withdrawals after 60 days I’ve been on suboxson for 12 years why and how long will it take for it to leave my system.

  43. Robyn Quinn I took percs with suboxone all the time. I didn’t get high but I still had the talkative and the energy that i felt while just taking percs. As far as pain goes, I didn’t have any pain before or after.
    But my friend got very ill when he took both. Puking for hours.

  44. That’s interesting. I take a 1/4-1/2 strip a day and my last 8 tests have come back negative. The place where I get it and my counselor both think I’m not taking it but i am.
    No I don’t take it at the same time or the same amount each day but I am taking it. So why have all my urine tests been negative for the last 4 months? I don’t have an issue of running out because I have enough to last me two months but they keep making me go back every 2 weeks. My goal is to stop taking it completely but the tiredness and lack of sleep pulls me back on. I don’t have even two days in a row to do nothing but withdraw. I refuse to follow their advice (same amount at the same time every day) because then i would be starting a habit and we all know habits are hard to break. I wish I never started taking suboxone.

  45. on Monday June 15, 2015 I took my last piece of subutex maybe 1.5 mg at about 6:15 am..on Sunday night around 9pm which would have been day 6 I broke down and took a tiny piece of suboxen it could have been maybe 1mg.. but I highly doubt it…all day Monday I feel fine..but my question is are the withdrawals gonna start all over..did I just prolonged the withdrawal

  46. I’ve been on Suboxone fir almist two yrs.4mg a day recently switched to 8mg.i have moved to Cista Ruca and they dont carry anything but methadine How long do I have to wait to start the Methadone without going through withdrawl?

  47. @ Jameson! Thank you so very MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENT ABOUT KRATOM!! Wow-CANT BELIEVE THIS IS NOT KNOWN ABOUT IN THIS DAY AND AGE!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You even commented twice bc no one seemed to look at what you wrote. Well, I did, and I found this so very helpful along with your step down guide!

  48. Is therre a quantitative measurement to check the amount of suboxone in your urine(blood). If so please explain..

  49. i have been on suboxone for 4 months. I have tapered down to 1mg a day for about 2 weeks now. am I ready to jump off?

  50. I am legally on Suboxone.. I am in Treatment by a Pain Doctor. I was addicted to Methadone and in a Methadone Clinic for 13 Years. Thanks God Almighty for the Suboxone. You have to be first of all in a Counseling Service, where I go once a month. I believe that it is required by law also . If you don’t have the Fax to the Pain Management Doctor, he will not prescribe it to you. Since I have a lot of Disability Problems ,and on Medicaid services, I am so glad because I could not afford it without it. Please don’t take Suboxone without a Prescription from a Doctor. If you are on other Medicine also it could kill you. I don’t feel high from the Suboxone. And I like it that Way, it stopped my cravings for Drugs and helps me with my Pains. I today can live a normal life. I wished that there was a place for People without Insurance to get help. I will pray for you all and hopefully you find a way to get the help you need. In JESUS Name. Amen

  51. I was heavily addicted to oxycodone for 2 years after I was medically retired from the military. I had a really difficult deployment and it caused me to start taking them to deal with the stress and depression but it got out of control. I was up to 4 30’s a day for almost 2 years. I am 28 and married with three children and finally decided to quit. I got a script for suboxone and waited until I was in bad withdrawal and took half of a step in the morning. I was immediately relieved of all withdrawal symptoms. I started feeling them coming back on later that night so I decided to take the other half and again all symptoms were gone. I woke up the next morning with no symptoms and decided to throw away the rest of my subs. I haven’t experienced any withdrawals after that one day of taking the subs. And most importantly I don’t have any craving for anything. I haven’t had anything in my system for 27 days and I feel great. My advice is use the subs only until the withdrawals are gone and then THROW THE REST AWAY!!! You don’t need to get rid of one addiction by ultimately forming another one. Sounds counter intuitive to me. Good luck all

  52. Hi Andrea. The worst part is over by now. You’ll be feeling better and better as time passes. Do you have someone else who can help you with your daughter until you are completely back to your normal self?

  53. I was taking 2mg of suboxone daily I stopped taking them 6 days ago still feel tired no energy and very sad if I took a tiny little piece would it help me or set me back thank you for listening or am I almost thru the worst part and just keep on going. My problem is I have a three yr old and feel horrible that I can’t be how I normally am

  54. To everyone reading! KRATOM….if you want to get off sub here is what you do….1. Wean down – it’s hard but important, start by planning your intake and set a date you want to go off. Then start slowly lowering your dose. If your on 8mg daily take the 8 for a week, then after a week drop to 7mg, another week down to 6mg, 5mg etc… when you get down to 1 MG a day you really have to be diligent. I took mine in the morning before work and by this point I wasn’t sleeping very good but I was still functional. Then after letting my body adjust to 1 MG for 2 weeks I dropped down to .5 MG for a week, then on my quit day I got ready for the wd symptoms…. 2. Wd prep – go to a week or 2 before your quit day and order maeng da kratom capsules (2 bags should do it) go to gnc and get multi-vitamins, potassium, L-tyrosine, and NAC. Start the suppliments immediately Then on your first day with no sub start the kratom, it is a miracle herb used all over the world for opiate wd, why it isn’t used here? Could be the corporate drug companies but who really knows…. anyway, take 4-6 kratom capsules and wait an hour…. you will notice the relief in a big way. The best thing is it is not physically addictive! I know more than a dozen people in my NA group who have had the same success as me and some of them quit from H with this method. You guys can do it. Kratom was my savior. Thanks for reading.

  55. Leave enslavement to substances if possible at all. Be free again. Will power and reasonable goals make it possible for us to achieve amazing feats. The power is belonging to you…. Wield it!!!! Be reasonable w regards to physical addiction. Wean down. Replacement meds are okay… For only a set timeframe. Be very gradual with wean down if possible. This attributes to success. It’s hard, it’s never too late, and you can do it! Freedom… Dream about it. The pride of this success when achieved. The example you can set. The life you can regain. The life you can leave behind. Gain “want to” instead of ” need to”. I suffered, then yet much more from addiction. Suboxen for me was best used in only small limited time frames in relevant amounts to dosage and meds. I now refuse to take it for more than 3 days. The cure is worse than the disease in this case. Wean down after that. That being no more than 4 mg . A day. For no more than 3 days. For WDs for opiates that may be necessary for actual pain. 26 years Ive fought and learned. This is my opinion and experience.

  56. I was hooked on pain killers for about 4 years and wanted off of them bad. Well a good friend of mine who had the same problem ended up getting on suboxine and knowing the struggle that I was going through was nice enough to split there script with me because I had know insurance and could not afford the doc bills or the meds. Well not knowing what I got myself into I am now hooked on them bad and all I want is to be off. My friend unfortunately is not going to be able to help me anymore and the w/d`s are so bad and intence that I literally can’t function at all. People say there not as bad as pain pills but that isn’t true in my case. I have never felt so horrible in all my life when I am withdrawing of those. I dont know what to do or who to ask for help, I am currently on probation( not drug related) and dont want them to find out so I dont know if I can even go to a self help center or doctor without my po finding out. I just want off theses things and am scared that I will go looking for something else when I cant get anymore of these. I dont want anything holding me back anymore I dont want to go back to the life I left behind. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  57. Hey plz plz.reply to this asap i have a subutex appt in the morning. Where i live its impossible to get tek instead of strips unless ur preg. So i took preg. pee witb me on my first visit they wrote me tek not strips b4 i even peed so i went and peed and came out they drew my pee into a blood vile to send it out they didnt dip test it there in office and then they drew blood so its time for my sec. appt i NEED to know do u think tbey are going to test my blood and urine for preg if they do i cant go back because thats a waste of 350 bucks for the Dr. visit and cause the strips cost more to fill than the tek and the strips.give me migrains which i have to take a migrain pill for now and i have them at least 4 times a week so the strips are useless to me i can not take them. So plz anyone that has done it b4 or knows how it works plz reply to me asap im begging. Thank u

  58. I stopped methadone-80mg, trick slowly wean off, and then try total body cleanse from gnc. I have chronic legs and back pain, I laid in bed for five years. I got hurt at work. after the methodone, I still was in pain after 8 months, I had pain and I had to go on pain meds again. I ended up on 32mg of exalgo a 24hr deladen a day. Now years later I started suboxen 8-2mg. I have been on it for 4 months. Now I have been without a dose for two days. I feel OK. Suboxen stays in your body/urine 3 days. Try vitamin c and b complex after suboxen use, it strengthens the immune system!

  59. Please help……. onpain mgmt….. my niece has been helping herself to my meds and ran out
    … lock box safe now. My question my pain and problems being without are excruciating
    my family member takes suboxone….. couldn’t stand it any more. I tooka quarter of a 4mg. And have a quarter left for tomorrow..then ibuprofen for days with a promise to pay me back my meds before my doctors appt. Took qtr 22nd do u think the suboxone out of my system for urine drug test 29th
    God….I hope tge answer is yes. I do not take this med prior

  60. I’ve been addicted to hydromorphone/roxycodone for about 4 years now. I’m now at risk of loosing my son if I don’t quit, so I’d been taking suboxone for 3 weeks. Haven’t taken any in 2 days and I still have withdrawal symptoms. How long will this last?

    1. Most likely two more days it’s half life is like 37 hours so you could steal have it in your system for up to 6-9 days

  61. I’ve been using sub oxone everyday for the last couple months and I stopped today because I have a drug test in 7 days will I pass?

  62. My husband accidentally took two last night ended up in the ER but now he has a drug test day after tomorrow wanting to know if it will be out of his system by then

  63. I have been taking maybe a drug1/4 mg of suboxen for a month now. How long will it take to be out of my system? I still feel withdrawal symptoms and haven’t taken any for four days…how long will that last?

  64. My best friend has been addicted to suboxone for years. His doctor doesn’t seem interested in weening him off despite his constant requests. In fact he even gets reprimanded when his urine test results show he has been taking less than the doctor ordered. I have had my own troubles with pills in the past but successfully weened off. Suboxone is a different monster evidently perhaps due to the half life and strong bond to the receptors. Either way, if he were to ween down which I advocate strongly given my own success, how much should be left in his system before he stops altogether.. Assuming it’s a very gradual and consistent tapper.

    I have read 25% reduction every 4 days as an aggressive tapper. I believe he is doing about 6mg a day (maybe more). Would you endorse the aforementioned tapper model ? And if done properly, it would leave him taking .12 to .09mg or less after 2 months per day. I know it’s strong, but is that even a dosage that the body would even register ? Or should he stop dosage at say .3 to .5mg per day.

    Lastly I have read skipping days toward the end is a method for tapering as well, but if you can skip a day, why not just stop. His withdraw symptoms are extreme and linger for months and months after cold turkey (he tried before and failed). Any suggestions on tapering as well as any tips for making withdraw more bearable ? I personally don’t know what the body experiences during this state but it ain’t pretty. I ask because expensive rehab is not affordable and he is paying out of pocket without insurance. Thank you for any suggestions.


  65. Donald you cannot take pain pills with Suboxone period. End of story.If you do you will go into automatic withdrawals – they are so bad that you won’t be able to work! Been there done that….awful experience.

  66. I took3mg of subutex over a three day period. 1mg per day. I took last mg on sat. I haue a (lab) drug screen Tue. morning. do i have any chance that i can test negative? No prior use.

  67. Amber, Ativan works wonders with regard to your particular situation. I am a PA (Physicians Assistant) with a specialty in neurology. I deal with this type of scenario on a weekly basis, if not more you should ask your PC Provider to write you x60 tablets1mg each to be taken twice daily. You can take both 1mg tabs before bed if you prefer however try and not take anymore than the 2mg daily dosage… You will start to feel better within 24 hours and will be able to ween down to just 1mg per day after 4 weeks. If you feel that you NEED to stay on Ativan your PC will likely write you .5 milligram does daily for around bedtime. I truly hope that this has been helpful to you and I would love to hear of your progress!!

    Mike J

  68. I quit suboxon on April 1st, I started taking suboxon because I was addicted to pain killers. its been four years now and its time for me to stop. how long will my withdrawls last? its been five days and I cant take much more. is there anything I can take that will make this stop. I went cold turkey and I take three a day. the last dose I took was march 31 at 1130pm.

  69. For steve.if it was once off and your fairly lean after flushing ie drinking lots of water to move it along with coffee in the moring as a duretic id be more than confident after five days of giving a cleany.if your real lean three days.thats if it was once no docter nut i know more about it than any dicter,pharmisist or guessers on some of these sights.i know for dead cert fact anything under a mill can be flushed out in one day.i did it in jail enough times to know.its a shonky habit and if that was your first shot at it make it your last bro.its not worth me on that from my current predicament.such is life.stay strong people:)

  70. I got hooked on bupe in jail id never heard of the stuff until my life spuralled and i ended up doing time.i originally used it cause someone said it would helo the chronic back pain and in general just make the days more bearable.i got parole and am doing better than i ever have in my life…..except this monkey.lve jumped through majir hoops ro get on the docs giving me serupax style stuff in large amounts which dont really help.ive just gotta wait another week or two but guess whos got a urine for parole in 5 days?will seven days if constant flushing and sweating be enough time ti get the 8-10 mills aday i was smoking for the last six months out of me?.two more weeks thats all i body pays what they owe hey?in this life or the next.stay strong people.

  71. Hi Raven. She’ll need to take it 3 times daily to really control the cravings. Otherwise, she’s trying to get high by taking ti all at once…but there is a ceiling effect for Suboxone.

  72. The dosage is 8 milligrams three times a day. It is currently being taken at one time only (24 mgs) … one dose per day. She had concerns that she would have to keep it constantly in mind to remember to take the next dose throughout the day. My impression is that she takes the full dose once and is done thinking about it for the rest of the day and doesn’t have to think about it any further.
    She told me today that she is attempting to take earlier and earlier, in small increments of time, to hopefully avoid the above described “symptoms” which are most observable and very troublesome at night.
    24 mgs sounds like kind of a high dose to me… but i’m just learning, so not sure.
    Still need some help.

  73. Hello Raven. It sounds like you’re describing drug abuse to me. The compulsion to eat, the euphoria, the lack of control in controlled dosing. How was Suboxone prescribed to your friend? What are the amounts and the recommended times for taking it? And are you willing to have an open discussion about your concerns with your friend’s doctor?

  74. Question: someone close to me seems to have a problem with suboxone when taken late in the day or evening. For example, she becomes VERY animated with speech….interrupts often…..has eating frenzies late at night ….procrastinates going to bed …. wakes within a couple of hours after FINALLY going to bed. Is exhausted the next day. This is affecting her life in many ways. I have suggested taking this drug earlier in the day but she fears getting “urges” if she does.
    Please let me know if you have any thoughts of suggestions – they would be greatly appreciated.

  75. Yea, I remember the days of bupe withdrawal all to well. It took me 3 1/2 weeks, and I was in jail which makes it even funner. I ended up getting back on it after I got out of jail, but I found Kratom soon after that, which was a lifesaver. Yea, I’M still addicted to something but after weighing bupes vs kratom, kratom is a lot easier to manage and stop if need be. I haven’t had any side effects such a constipation, insomnia, etc from kratom either. Try it out, its a wonderful herb, and its 100% legal.

  76. I’m addicted to suboxone film and have been on it for over 6 years.I’m prescribed suboxone but I have tried to tell me doctor I want to go to detox and they have requested that my doctor fax them a letter saying I can go. I’ve been asking my doctor and he ignores me as if he wants me to stay on suboxone longer to make money off of me. What do I do? If I can get a letter to go next time, detox only does what I could do myself but am not successful with. They lower your dose by a half or 1 mg everyday and on the 5th day you go home and are at a ‘no dose’ level. However, suboxone is still in your system at that point and if I go home, I’ll be sick and probably take subs yet again. They don’t send you home with the same meds they give you in detox (at least that’s what I’m told) so how do they expect me to stay off of this stuff? I’ve tried many times to take myself off and could never do it. I’m desperate, I’m not healthy because of it, I have serious edema because of suboxone, and I hate the way it makes me feel. Drowsy, headaches, morning hangover feelings. It’s horrible.

  77. Well I have been on subs for about 3 yrs and have been tapering off and have had the strangest and most painful headaches I would not wish them on my worst enemy stabbing pain in my eyes and temples I hate it but I just took a drug test yest SURPRISE for a new job and guess what it showed up I thought they did not test for BUP but this test was very high tech pardon my english but I was in shock bc I was so embarrassed and so upset first job offer ice had in 2 yrs and finally I get one and this happens anyways they said they would give me another chance but I told them I had taken a diet pill and that’s what made it they had poppy seeds in them they believed me but they want me to get tested again randomly which I’m sure will be ASAP but I heard and read it takes days to get out of your system and I take atleast 4 mg a day just need some advice I don’t want to take a test and fail again and be mortified and get fired I am thinking of just saying I got another job offer…….advice please thanku

  78. if a person takes one 8mg/2mg suboxone will it show up on drug test if the test was taken 16 hours before the test was taken

  79. Hi Robyn. I had a thought. If you are ready to stop Suboxone for good, you can find a detox clinic in your area to help. Call 1-800-662-HELP for more information. What does your doctor say about your use?

  80. I have been on subs/film/subutex prescription for 5, going on 6 years now. I’m addicted to bupe. I don’t know how to stop. Everyone keeps saying to lower the dose, which I have, but it isn’t enough. I am never taking any more than 1 a day. My problem is I think that it takes too long to kick in, and so I end up taking another small piece, so within 3 hours I’m high as a kite but my heart races and I feel disgusting. I know that no matter if I take 2 mg or 4 mg either way, in 3 hours, I’m going to feel something and when I take 4 it’s too much to handle. I’m going to try something different, and when I get up, I will take an even smaller piece – 1 mg maybe? The computer says it takes only 90 mins to peak…NOT FOR ME! If anyone has any other advice for me, please help! When I begin to get sick my back hurts bad, I yawn nonstop, and I can’t sleep. What a paradox. I wish I had 10 grand to go to Cali and go under to get it all cleansed out of my system for good.

  81. Everyone is different, but I will tell my experience with Suboxone. I have used opiates for 5 years now (30”s for the first 3 yrs, Sub. for the next 2 yrs.) I got prescribed 16 mgs. of Suboxone, but I only took between 2 to 4 mgs. a day depending. When I stopped I had only been taking 1 mg. for about 2 months. I started withdrawals the day I woke up without suboxone. The w/d’s weren’t as intense as coming off of 6 30mg roxi’s a day but they were the same but instead of being over by the 10th day, sub. w/d keeps going and going and going. I am currently 24 days clean from opiates. I have days where I feel like I’m back in day 4 of w/d’s, then I have days where I feel fine. But the anxiety, depression, increased heart rate persist every day. I’ve done research and with long-acting opioid antagonist you could experience PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome). Basically the w/d’s persist for months but the bad days, bad hours, get shorter and shorter. Meanwhile your brain is getting back to homeostasis. The longer you use without stopping is a huge factor in the length of your w/d’s. I will say the first ten to twelve days were the hardest physically but the better you feel physically the worse you feel mentally. I have no desire to return to using opiates, especially not suboxone. I am just ready to stop feeling so bad. Sick and tired of being sick and tired.

  82. thought it was funny how the article states that if you use suboxone without a prescription your risk of addiction’s usually the other way around. Either way you risk addiction by injesting anything that can cause your body physical addiction. Example–opiates or buprenorphine

  83. You would be a fool to take any pain meds while on suboxone. If the suboxone takes care of your ailing knee it will do the same for your upcoming hand surgery. Suboxone is nothing like methadone in my opinion. It is alot easier to taper off and in smaller mg doses than the “dones” Methadone is worse than pills or “H” imo. Try to space out your sub intake to days and not hours. You can get down to a couple mg every couple days and from there it is a piece of cake. Take it from a hardcore 20 odd year junkie,subs are the best thing out there for recovery. They also are a class A pain med..just without the high. Subs can get you off the dope,it’s up to you if you stay off. Be strong..moderation and a little time and u will be good. GET COUNSELING

  84. I feel like im a slave to Suboxone just like I was to Methadone and its all a hoax for the Powers that be to make more money off of opiate addicted folks seeking abstinance.
    While I have found Suboxone to be more of a recovery tool, I fear that Im stuck on this just like everything else I’ve been stuck on most of my adult life.
    I now participate in NA and do not abuse anything anymore, but I’m frighted to walk away from the Suboxone because of all my previous experiences trying to get clean……most especially from Methadone. What a vicious cycle! I was advised to wean off of Methadone with Subutex and Suboxone and now I cannot get away from this!. What is the ANSWER? There must be SOMETHING out there tried & true to aid in the detox…I cannot afford a treatment center.

  85. I am due for a hand surgery in a week but am on suboxone daily for chronic knee pain. How will suboxone effect the meds I am given for pain due to the surgery? Will I get any relief with their pain meds while on a daily suboxone routine?

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