I am taking subutex but have run out. When can I start taking hydrocodone so that I don't go into withdrawal.
It will likely be at minimum 3 days and more like 5 days for the subutex to come off the receptor sites enough for any hydrocodone to work. It does depend somewhat on how high a dose you are on and for how long you have been taking it. Bupenorphine is a long acting medication and that is the drug in subutex. Subutex doesn't have the blocker medication suboxone has in it, but, it kinda takes over the receptor sites and won't recede for a few days. If you are only a couple of days off from your prescription refill, you may be able to fill it a couple of days early.
Usually people don't experience withdrawals if they take Hydrocodone while on Subutex. The problem is that it just won't work do to the fact that the Buprenorphine is still in your system. The manufacture states that the Buprenorphine can stay in patients for up to 11 days (In some cases but not all cases). So If you are in pain I would recommend taking it when you feel pain. It might not start working for a while but after the total of 11 days (Maximum) you will start to feel better. Hope this helps. I would also recommend talking with your doctor about it as she or he will know best. Good luck to you!
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