Suboxone withdrawal is a very real possibility especially for users that have been on the drug for a number of months. Because Suboxone is addictive and because it sometimes is used over a long period of time to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal, it’s important to remember that the box and also comes with its own withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can sometimes last for over a month at a time and many of the symptoms resemble some of the more common experiences that users getting over an opioid addiction can also suffer. In order to understand more about the withdrawal symptoms and what to expect as well as the timeline for withdrawal symptoms, we have to understand the importance of the medication and why it is used.
Suboxone is a medication which is used primarily to treat opiate dependence and addiction disorders. It contains buprenorphine as well as naloxone. In most cases this drug needs to be taken over a long period of time and shortly after the user has stopped taking any type of addictive opioid. It often prescribed for individuals that have been abusing painkillers as well as taking strong opioids like heroin. It substitutes by filling up the same receptors that these powerful opioids would typically used to enable symptoms of euphoria for the user. With a receptor antagonist it’s also possible to fill up these receptors without creating the same type of stimulation.
Suboxone can be addictive like other opioids mostly because it helps to normalize the symptoms of withdrawal and as soon as the patient discontinues use the same similar withdrawal symptoms begin to appear as they may have begun to experience on opioid withdrawals. The symptoms of withdrawal in every person will actually depend on the duration and the dosage that a person has been taking Suboxone. It’s extremely difficult to just stop taking Suboxone especially if you have been taking it over a number of months.
Most of the physical withdrawal symptoms from Suboxone detox will begin to subside after one month of being completely free of Suboxone. The psychological dependence of Suboxone and the ongoing cravings can remain. Having some type of support program available to help you to overcome the symptoms of psychological dependence will be extremely beneficial to preventing relapse.
Like many other symptoms of Opioid withdrawal the first 72 hours of Suboxone withdrawal are about the worst. Suboxone has a relatively long time line for leaving the body but most of the physical symptoms will continue from the first 72 hours to the first week after the discontinuation of Suboxone. Sometimes physical symptoms can persist after week depending on the amount of time that a person has been taking Suboxone. Most of the early body pains and severe physical symptoms will subside after a week.
During the second week ongoing mental symptoms such as depression and mood swings as well as headaches will continue to persist. After around one month of the discontinuation of the drug a person will likely begin to experience more in the way of depression and intensive cravings. A month after the discontinuation of Suboxone is one of the largest risk times for a person to experience a potential relapse in their addiction.
The base timeline for Suboxone withdrawal moves in this format for many individuals:
If you are thinking of stopping the process of taking Suboxone or you would like to live your life drug free with medically assisted detox from opioids speak to a medical professional today before proceeding.