Everything You Need To Know About Suboxone

Are you a heroin addict, but want to become free of these opiate once and for all? If so, you should consider inpatient rehab detox, since this will be the best way to withdraw from heroin safely. You may also seek treatment at an outpatient opiate management therapy program. Both of these therapies are very beneficial, but you should arm yourself with information about the drug Suboxone beforehand.

Suboxone Half Life

Suboxone is comprised of two different substances including naloxone and buprenorphine. Naloxone has a half-life in serum (blood) ranging from 4-64 minutes, while buprenorphine has a half-life ranging from 20-73 minutes. Make sure that you take your prescribed maintenance dose as schedule to avoid addiction and overdose risks.


When you set down with a treatment program physician, you should be sure to advise him of any underlying medical condition or medication that may be contraindicated with Suboxone.

  • Respiratory diseases
  • Renal diseases
  • Hepatic (liver) diseases
  • Cholelithiasis (gallstones) or other gallbladder disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Mental disorders
  • Brain tumors or convulsions

It is important to note that if you are currently pregnant or considering getting pregnant, you should avoid Suboxone, unless the physician has determined the benefits outweigh the risks. The main reason for this is because the unborn fetus can become addicted to this opiate, since it is habit forming.

How Long Does Suboxone Last

It has been determined that Suboxone stays in the bloodstream for 72 hours and can be detected in the urine for up to 10 days. Of course, this time frame can be altered by your metabolism, but the alterations will only be slight.

Never experiment with Suboxone, because it would be a very dangerous risk. Only take as prescribed by an appropriate physician and always speak with your local pharmacist if you have any important questions about this drug.

Oral Form

If you have been prescribed the sublingual film, you should place it under your tongue and let it dissolve gradually. Never alter the film, by chewing or cutting it, before consumption because this can increase your risk of overdose.


Always keep your prescription opiates out of reach for children and visitors, because overdose can be potentially fatal.

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David Warren is a pharmaceutical specialist that dispenses prescription medication on a daily basis. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee in 1991. With over 50 publications on medication-related and pharmacy topics, David has been able to share his experiences and knowledge with others. David with lots of experience and knowledge in medications that are utilized to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Before David dispenses a medication to a patient, he will go over the side effects, dosage recommendation and contraindications.

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