Suboxone generally stays in the system to protect the receptors from reacting against opiates for up to 24 hours. Most doctors recommend taking doses of Suboxone once a day at the same time every day. It can occasionally take time to dial in the correct dose of Suboxone and depending on a person’s metabolism, history of substance abuse, weight and several other factors a person’s ability to metabolize Suboxone can change. Working to create a customized dose based off of an honest medical history with a medical professional is one of the best ways to ensure that Suboxone can continue to block opiates over at least a 24-hour period.
Regardless of the way a person has been using pain management drugs or opiates, they can all be addictive and a person can develop a chemical dependence on them. Even ever person has a legal prescription and is taking opiates for pain, opiates can be misused. If a person has decided that rehabilitation is the best course of action from removing their addiction to opiates, sometimes a medically assisted rehabilitation effort is the best course of action.
Suboxone is a medication that is commonly used to assist with withdrawal symptoms during the course of rehabilitation from opiate drug use. Although Suboxone is a mild opiate agonist it offers an extremely slow release as well as a safeguard that prevents abuse. Suboxone ultimately can mimic some of the main effects of opiates lessening the cravings for opiate drugs as well as reducing the side effects of withdrawal. Taking this medication is relatively safe and once the dosage is confirmed it can continue to work at providing support to individuals who are interested in becoming drug-free. The difficult process with Suboxone is gradually tapering down the dosage to ensure that a individual can eventually be off of drugs entirely. Suboxone does also have a chance to make people chemically dependent and as a result has mild addictive properties.
Most opiates are designed to relieve pain and these drugs typically work by blocking out signals which are sent to the brain to convey pain. In most cases they directly affect the area of the brain which is responsible for controlling emotion as well as painful stimulus. With this area of the brain affected many people start to experience changes in behavior with long-term opiate use. Eventually these areas of the brain can grow chemically dependent on the use of opiates in order to achieve their equilibrium state.
Many of the world’s top opiate drugs include morphine, codeine, heroine, Hydrocodine, oxycodone and more. In most cases drugs like oxycodone, codeine and morphine are all prescribed in the use of pain management and by medical professionals legally. The problem that many people face however is that a person being prescribed the medication will eventually become addicted to the substance and their tolerance will grow as well.
When tolerance for opiates begins to increase this can cause many people to seek out other sources of the drug as well as overuse the drug in ways other than how they were prescribed. This often leads people to seek out street drugs like heroin, crush up drugs like codeine for injection and more.
NIDA or the national Institute on drug abuse estimates that opiates will continue to cause a feeling of euphoria as well as affect the brain causing nausea, depressed respiration confusion and in some cases extreme drowsiness.
With long-term use of opiate drugs it’s possible that a person can cause permanent damage to brain tissue as well as negatively impact brain function. Extreme use of opiates can in some cases leads to hypoxia which can have neurological impacts, induce comas and cause brain damage. Opiate addiction can eventually cause people to have permanent decision-making and self-control issues through influence and damage to the brain’s white matter.
Opiates have one of the most complex and difficult withdrawal symptoms to deal with. Opiate withdrawal often occurs when the use of opiate drugs is completely ceased or significantly diminished. If a person has been commonly using drugs such as morphine, methadone or oxycodone it’s possible that they will start to exhibit withdrawal symptoms 24 hours to 72 hours after they have taken the drug. The misuse of opiates may be more common than you think as around 9% of the population has misused opiates apart from prescription at least once.
With the ongoing use of opiates the body and the brain will eventually require the drug to reach a state of balance. In many cases people will depend on the drug to feel euphoric or to feel a sense of calm. When the body becomes chemically dependent on opiates this can start to create the symptoms of withdrawal when opiate use has been ceased. The amount of time for a person to become chemically dependent on opiates will vary from person to person but when a person becomes dependent, if they stop opiate drugs withdrawal symptoms are not far behind. Individuals should never attempt to detox from opiates without some type of medical assistance. Medical detox with the help of drugs like Suboxone are the best way to proceed for your health.
Suboxone works through its combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which is commonly delivered in the event of an overdose. It works to prevent the possible abuse of Suboxone by ensuring that it is activated in the event of tampering. If a person attempts to tamper with the medication in an effort to up the dosage of buprenorphine to experience symptoms of euphoria, naloxone will fill the opiate receptors ensuring that a person cannot experience the symptoms that they crave. Often times naloxone will work so effectively that a person will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms which act as an ongoing deterrent to avoid the use of tampering again. Buprenorphine is slowly released in Suboxone and it will not increase the effects past a certain point which can ensure a person can avoid their dependency or misuse. The buprenorphine from Suboxone can stay in the system for roughly 24 hours and continue to work on the receptors for at least three days.
In most cases was Suboxone during the starting dose treatment will begin shortly after a person has begun to experience their first withdrawal symptoms from opiates. Beginning treatment in the later stages of withdrawal can often be ineffective. After the first dose or a few doses of Suboxone a person will enter into the second phase in which they will experience far less symptoms of cravings for opiates in which case Suboxone doses will be adjusted. The final phase of Suboxone use involves steadily decreasing the dose of Suboxone over time to eventually taper off the use of Suboxone until it is no longer needed.
When a person has completely reduced their use of Suboxone they can eventually get to a point where they no longer chemically dependent on drugs and the main physical withdrawal symptoms have subsided. The next challenge will be to handle the psychological effects and the ongoing psychological cravings to return to opiate use. This is where counseling and a solid support network can be extremely beneficial in preventing relapse.