How Long Can You Take Suboxone Safely?
Suboxone is an FDA-approved drug used for treating opioid/opiate addiction. When used properly, it can help opioid-dependent users overcome their addictions and mitigate severe withdrawal symptoms.
For many who are opioid-dependent, finding a viable way to overcome their addiction is frustrating. Most options aren’t safe for long-term use. They are afraid that they’ll start a treatment plan, start to make progress, and then have to stop abruptly, sending them back to the start.
Using Suboxone, most users will not have to worry about stopping abruptly. In fact, most users can take Suboxone until they start feeling normal and balanced. In the beginning stages, your doctor will work with you to determine the proper dosage for your treatment needs. As Suboxone has opioid-like characteristics, your doctor will work to keep your dosages as low as possible to avoid dependency swap (swapping one drug for another).
What Is The Right Suboxone Dose?
An average dose of Suboxone is between 16mg and 24mg per day. However, your treatment plan may differ and only your doctor will be able to help determine this.
During your dosing phase, you may experience certain symptoms like headaches, body aches, or nausea; this is normal. Once you’ve found the proper dosing for your needs, this will go away.
Stopping Suboxone Use
When it’s time to stop Suboxone use, your doctor will not cut you off immediately. Instead, they will start tapering off your use to help you avoid severe symptoms from opioid withdrawal. However, there will be cases where a more aggressive tapering would be necessary such as dependency issues or increased drug usage.
There is no specific timeline for stopping Suboxone use as each patience is unique. Instead, each patient is slowly weaned off of Suboxone under close supervision. Some users have been able to stop Suboxone use after five or six weeks where others have taken up to five or six months. During the weaning phase, it’s important to be open and honest with your doctor about any feelings you are experiencing or symptoms that are occuring. It’s better to take longer weaning off than to relapse after you stop Suboxone use.
As an FDA-approved drug, Suboxone can help you overcome your opioid/opiate addiction. While it does have opioid-like properties, when used in a controlled environment with close supervision, Suboxone can help you gain the edge you need to finally kick your opioid addiction.
The Fritz Clinic uses Suboxone to help you manage and overcome opioid/opiate addiction. We will help you find the right dosage for your treatment needs and actively monitor you for any dosage changes or signs of increased dependency; we will help you avoid swapping one drug for another. If you are ready to reclaim your life, contact us today and take the first step in changing your life forever.