How long does Suboxone stay in your system after taking the last dose?
“How long does Suboxone stay in your system?” When a drug addiction treatment patient asks this question, it is important that I know why they are asking. The reason I must know is so I can discuss the risks of stopping Suboxone.
Why do people stop taking Suboxone?
I am happy to hear from a patient that they are ready to finally taper off of Suboxone. The patient has been in private therapy. They have become deeply involved in recovery. Hence, they are working steps with a sponsor. And, they are building a support network of friends in recovery. On the other hand, not everyone stops Suboxone in the right way.
What is the wrong way to stop taking Suboxone?
Sometimes a patient tells me that they are fine skipping doses of suboxone. In fact, I have had patients who thought they were cured of addiction in the first week of treatment. They stopped Suboxone and felt fine for a few days. Unfortunately, it simply does not work this way. The sickness may not come back right away, but the cravings will sneak up on you much sooner. By not following directions and making up your own treatment plan, you put yourself at higher risk of relapse.
So, how long does Suboxone stay in your system?
Your urine drug test will show a positive result for Suboxone for several days after you take the last dose. Suboxone binds very strongly to opioid receptors. We believe that it binds permanently. The only your receptors open up again is with the natural turnover of old receptors degrading and new ones forming.
How long will it take for the Suboxone withdrawal to end?
Unfortunately, Suboxone causes withdrawal sickness when you stop taking it. It is after all still an opioid. You may feel sick for a few days. The sickness may even linger for up to two weeks or more. Doctors can prescribe treatment to make you feel better through this time period.
Talk to your doctor before you stop.
It is very important to let your doctor know if you are going to stop taking Suboxone. This gives your doctor a chance to help you get through this transition in the safest way possible.