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|Subject: How Long Does Suboxone Stay In Your System? Tue 19 May 2009, 1:41 pm|| |
I am trying to find out more about getting off Suboxone? How long does it stay in your system? I've been off for a week and I am so tired, unmotivated and can't bring myself to do anything.
Many people ask the question addressed above and others want to know because they have an Employment Drug Screen. I have addressed the Employment Drug Screen and Suboxone will not show up as an opioid therefore you have nothing to worry about because you are safe. It requires a special test which is not part of your Employment Drug Screen. Now, I thought I would share about the half-life and of tapering off Suboxone.
I know that suboxone has a 37 hour half-life, which means that every 37 hours, the amount of suboxone reduces by half. So if you took 16 mgs on Monday at 8 am, on Tuesday at 9pm you'd still have 8mgs in your bloodstream. Then Thursday morning you'd be down to 4mgs, and the amount keeps reducing by half every 27 hours. You also have to take into account the way the doses stack up because of the long half-life - so if you took 16 mgs on Monday, and then another 16 on Tuesday, you're adding that second dose to the remainder of Monday's dose that hasn't metabolized out of your system yet.
Depending on how high your dose was and how long you were taking it and how long and/or slowly you tapered your dose before you quit, it could be a couple of weeks before you clear all the suboxone from your body. I believe this is why so many people recommend long, slow, super-gradual tapering, especially if you were using for a long time before you got on suboxone or if you were on suboxone maintenance for a long time (more than a month or so).
*Obligatory Disclaimer - I am a medical professional, but the above is just my personal opinion. Please do not take it as a substitute for advise from you doctor.
I have heard others say that they got tired and unmotivated after stopping Suboxone. If it doesn't pass soon, you should probably talk to your doctor.
I was told it is somewhat dependent on how you taper down as I explained above, (due to the half-life). One patient shared with me they went from 24mg to 16mg for two weeks; then 8mg for two weeks, then 4mg. They stayed on 4mg for about a month and stopped altogether. They complained of being tired and had some night time sleeplesness for a few days, (which is to be expected) but no lack of motivation. I have heard some people experience a brief perioid of depression when they stop Suboxone but they are generally the people who say they feel a bit of a high from the drug in the first place. I fail to understand how but many have told me this and of course, many feel euphoria from methadone but I myself never have.
I spoke to a woman who had been on Suboxone for four years. She did try and go cold-turkey and jump off at 2mg. Nightmare! The symptoms of withdrawal did not start for days, leaving her unsure if it was the flu or the absence of Suboxone that left her feeling sick .
Her final tapering lasted only a few months, going from 2mg to 1mg to 0.5mg to crumbs of Suboxone every few days. It was after not taking the crumbs of Suboxone for five days that she realized it was her mind that needed it , not her body. So she let go ...finally! The sloooooow taper worked for her. It finally left her with absolutely not one sign of withdrawal. It is different for each one of us because we all have different body chemistry but where there is a will there is a way and if you need help in tapering off Suboxone, please do let us know. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.
It is your fearless leader checking in to see what condition your condition is in? I wish I had much more time to spend with each of you and get to know you but Dee and Barbara are here to assist you and answer your questions and if you need to reach me I am always accessible to you. You can always send me a Private Message or reach me by E-Mail.
Thank You for joining with us and choosing to learn more about Suboxone. We need each other every day of the week to give us the support and encouragement needed to stay strong in our recovery.
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|Subject: Re: How Long Does Suboxone Stay In Your System? Tue 19 May 2009, 2:04 pm|| |
Thank you so much for putting this on board. As you know I'm trying to eventually stop taking Suboxone. I've gotten down to 1 milligram and wsn't able to go to work...just lay on the couch and vegitate. I'm now at 2 milligrams and suffering with a runny nose and no energy. When I'm at work, I have to do another 2 milligrams in the afternoon. When I do decide to tapper, I'll refer to your instructions you have put here for us. Needless to say, I'll still stay around to help other people.
Yours in the struggle,
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|Subject: Re: How Long Does Suboxone Stay In Your System? Fri 22 May 2009, 4:56 am|| |
When is the time to withdraw is the million dollar question. Learning more and more everyday about suboxone i'm taking it as any other mind altering drug, almost like an anti-depresent. Just like mentioned above. A slow graduale reduction in your dose. Your mind and body will let you know how your doing. You could find out your not ready, but can function on a lower dose or you could find out you feel pretty good. I hope for everyone its the later of the 2. There is light at the end of the tunnel.