Suboxone Taper Technique – Withdrawing Easily [GUIDE]

If you are currently taking Suboxone to battle opioid addiction, there will come a time when you need to taper off the drug.

It will be almost impossible to stop taking the medication all at once. Taper means to reduce your tolerance level gradually, so you do not experience any withdrawal symptoms.

You will take less and less of the drug over a certain period, but how will you go about doing that?

Below you will learn more information about tapering off Suboxone.

Are You Ready

Tapering should only be considered once you have completed a successful treatment period. Before you decide to go down this road, you need to ask yourself if you are ready for this process.

Have you made any significant changes in your life other than trying to kick opioids?

Can you deal with the stress, anxiety, and depression without turning back to those drugs?

The whole point of taking Suboxone is to drown out your cravings and withdrawals so that you can make changes in your life. If you try to taper too soon, you will likely relapse and be back where you started.

General Rule of Tapering

You will have to judge the tolerance level based on how your body physically reacts to medication decrease.

However, the general rule of thumb is to decrease your dosage by 25% every ten days. This has proven to be an effective process for many, but your body may react differently. Do not get discouraged if this does not work for you. Try tapering with a higher dosage.

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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.


  1. I was using the buprenorphine drug for more than 3 months according to my doctor’s suggestion. Now I want to quit from its use through tapering procedure instead of sudden stopping.

  2. I know that sudden stopping of any drug or medication will create several health problems when we are taking it more than a month. This is why I have taken a decision of tapering the buprenorphine medicine rather than suddenly stopping. I was using it for reducing my withdrawal symptoms and opioid addictions. As my doctor suggested, I used it for 2 months and now I’m completely free from such health problems and symptoms. My health care provider already told me to not use for more than two months but at the same time he advised me to not stop it suddenly. This is why I was taking the taper procedure to gradually reduce the use of the buprenorphine drug in order to avoid the unnecessary side effects and discomforts. First, I started using it in the alternative days and slowly reduced to two days once. Now, I totally stopped using the buprenorphine drug.

  3. For 3 months, I was using the buprenorphine medication for my withdrawal problems and suddenly stopped using it for 1 week. Due to the sudden stop, I was experiencing several health problems. But my doctor suggested me to continue it at least two days once and gradually stop this buprenorphine drug.

  4. Due to my over workload, I was dealing with the anxiety, depression and stress for more than 6 months. In order to get rid of this problem, I quit from my job and completely take rest in home along with the buprenorphine treatment. Now, I feel better with the happy results with no stress factors.

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