how long does buprenorphine or suboxone stay in your blood and urine?
13 Feb 2010
there are varying different answers to this question bandied about all over the place. some say it reduces by half every 24 hours (i.e. if you took 8mgs today you'd have 4mgs the day after that, 2 after that then 1 then none). but from personal experience you'd be w/d so hard off that amount by day three you'd kill for some more anyway.
another answer i heard somewhere else is that i can take up to 12 days to clear your system completely. which is obviously quite different to the first answer. either way if you are thinking of weaning yourself off subs reduce it slowly to a very, very small amount (try crushing and sniffing them, you absorb a lot less of any drug thru your nose) before attepting to stop. this is true of any opiate type drug but is easier with bup. because of its agonist/antagonist properties.
if you are asking this question because you are worrying about a urine test. don't. you need very specific and expensive tests to catch it! they are generally not used by probation/employers etc.
9 Apr 2010
I believe i know the answer to this question. i get tested for every drug and alcoholic drink on this planet about 3 days a week, including opiods lyk suboxone, subutex, and methadone. usually on a Tuesday night, if i take a full 8 mg pill of suboxone by mouth or nose, i'm clean by 530 on Thursday. I know this because that is when my next test is after Tuesday. What i've heard a lot of people say is that it gets out of your system in 36-37 hours and by passing tests in about 45 hours, i can say that it's true.
9 Apr 2010
This question is perfect for me! IT'S DIFFERENT FOR EVERYBODY!!! I can't speak for anybody but myself, however, in my case it has been 6 full days without taking suboxone and I am still testing positive for BUP. I took 2mg on a Friday night before going to sleep and I am testing positive tonight, Thursday. WTF!!! HUH! That's what brought me to this site in the first place. I'm beginning to believe that the half-life on BUP is similar to that of methadone, 72 hours. It also matters what test you are taking. Very few places test for buprenorphine. Clean and Sober, Oxford houses, Halfway Houses, whatever you want to call them, they don't even test for it. Like Oxycontin, Suboxone is tested in a unique way. If you smoke an Oxy and then take a test for opiates, you will pass. It's only until you take a specific opiod test for Oxy's is it discovered.
Unfortunately I am extremely knowledgable about how drugs effect your body and your urine due to my experience. My wisdom didn't come from schooling, it came from the long term suffering of being an addict. To whomever reads this: don't use this information as a way to minipulate others or cheat a test. Honesty is for your own good. By doing so you're just going to reach a deeper bottom sooner than later. Trust me, been there, done that, NO FUN!
25 Oct 2011
The half life is 72 hours, as mentioned. Now this is multiplied exponentially after taking if for some time.
Why do you need this info.? (no judgment, just curious). If you're looking to use an opiate, and get a buzz of it, I think the answer you're looking for might differ than for other medical reasons.
29 Feb 2012
I am on and of Buprenorphine 8mg for about 2 years now (to stay awake during the day 1 pill cut in 4 quarters (2mg) during the day). In order to not get into withdrawl you need to tape it down. Meaning you take every day a quarter of the pill less. I have done this 4 times now and it really works. And it stays in the Body for at least 4 full days. I stopped it on Saturday. I had Surgery on Monday and was put on Percocet. Today is Wednesday and I still have a lot of pain. That means the Buprenorphine is still in the Body. What is very important to say: You need to drink a lot of water to flush you body faster. It really works. And if you stop it slowly you will have really only very mild withdrawl symtomps if any at all. Most worst is that you get very tired. Do not stop it cold turkey that will really get you in trouble. I hope my answer helps.
16 Apr 2012
It's half-life is 72 hrs. I just came off of it and it's not fun but it can be done. My doc was trying to get me to eat 8mg a day, but being the rebel I am and not wanting to completely listen to him i was taking 1/4 to 1/8 a day... basic crumbs. Anyhow the first 3 days aren't so bad but 4 and 5 were the worst for me. We're all different though. Exercise helped me a lot. You will feel like you have the worst stomach pains ever but you just have to remember it'll get better not worse. Pain is weakness leaving the body. You need to get out and just walk and let your stomach "stand up" laying down is the worst for you. Insomnia will occur but it's whatever. sleep is overrated anyhow. Bananas and mucho water helped a lot for me. It'll help get the toxins out faster. Loose butt will occur for 7-10 days but at least you're going. After the first week of not taking any subs you will feel like a different person trust me.
it's not that hard. These docs should be made to take their own drugs they give out to see what their affects are because they haven't a clue the pain it causes trying to get off of it. They just dish it out as the manual tells them. If you need more insight look into Switzerland and their practices... they know what's up for sure. It origionated there. Good luck my friends you got this... Flush it and just do it. Gotta start sometime. It's not a fun path but who wants to eat and be dependent on pills for the rest of their life...
19 Apr 2012
Hey I've noticed quite a few people saying that they either experience little withdrawal from Sub's or none at all.. That's awesome! But I've been taking it for like 4 years now and I only take like 2-4 mgs/day. I take it in the morning and every day I wake up and after only being awake for about 30 minutes I start getting the sweats and cold chills and feel like I'm going to crawl out of my skin! And it's not like I'm thinking about taking it, honestly I don't think about it at all or remember that I have to take it until I start feeling sick. And it's been like that ever since I first started taking it. I've tried to stop taking it several times and have failed because I get so sick.
And I'm sorry, I don't have an answer to the question, I just didn't know where else to add a post, I also have a drug screening for a job Friday around 2:00pm, I took a very small piece of the 8 mg film, it was literally this size --> [--- --- ] Anyway, I took a piece about that size this morning at 8:00am, I thought I'd be ok taking a urine test on Friday, since my body seems to metabolize it rather quickly, but after reading what I have, I'm starting to get nervous. I don't know if they're even going to test for Buprenorphine, but I'm just curious how long it takes, on average, to clear one's system and not show up on a urine test.
A close friend of mine said that their Dr. who prescribes Suboxone to them urine tests them every 28 days and for some reason if they don't take one in the morning before they go the test comes up negative for Buprenorphine, and they take 4mgs 4 times a day...
I'm just really confused, it sounds like it really does vary depending on the individual...
30 Jan 2013
Me and my husband were on pain meds and when we stopped we felt horrible. Then we tried sub strips and were told there were no withdrawel. We just want off this stupid medicine! Its been days and we feel so bad u wouldn't believe. Does neone know what we can do to make withdrawels not so bad? This is worst thing I've experienced in all my life!!! Please help!!!
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