The level of Suboxone inside your body and the time between doses are two important factors in determining how long suboxone can block opiates. Often, people ask how accurately long does suboxone block opiates?
In an estimate:
- Suboxone blocks opiates 6 to 9 days in maintenance users.
- Suboxone blocks opiates 3 to 6 days of low dose maintenance users. That is, 2-4mg.
- Suboxone blocks opiates 2 to 4 days in single time users.
Doctors often prescribe Suboxone for the treatment of opiate addiction.
Suboxone contains both naloxones that can block opiates and buprenorphine which is an opioid. When used according to a prescription, buprenorphine is helpful in eliminating the “high” feeling you get from opiates.
Buprenorphine is able to block the euphoria you can get from opiates by binding itself to the exact receptors that opiates took over in your brain. As such, you will not be able to feel the “high” even if you take in Oxycontin, morphine, heroin, and other opiates.
Although buprenorphine is not clinically related to depression, this can still affect your mood. Buprenorphine is able to make you feel well as you are detoxing from an addiction to opiates.
Naloxone was added to Suboxone to make users less likely to abuse the drug.
In every 4 counts of buprenorphine in Suboxone is 1 count of naloxone. The formula helps to create the “ceiling effect” sans creating withdrawal symptoms after using the drugs for an extended period of time. To explain, moderate doses of buprenorphine can make its euphoric effects reach a plateau and you cease to increase with high levels creating the “ceiling effect.”
In addition, higher levels of Suboxone may trigger withdrawal symptoms. As such, buprenorphine has a potential for a lower risk of abusing and getting addicted to opiates as well as experiencing the adverse effects unlike taking full opioid agonists. DEA also determined Suboxone as a drug of relatively low potential for abuse and addiction or a Schedule III drug.
Since one of the active ingredients used in creating Suboxone is an opioid (buprenorphine), a side effect of taking it is euphoria.
Although the maximum effects of this opioid are less than that of the full agonists like methadone and heroin, those who abuse drugs have found a way to get high using suboxone. They often crush the sublingual tablets and snort or inject it to achieve similar effects as heroin and morphine. Moreover, abusing buprenorphine with methadone increases the effects of the two.
If you misuse Suboxone either by crushing, snorting or injecting the drug, it is possible to become addicted on Suboxone. On the other hand, the naloxone in the drug safeguards against drug abuse. However, if you misuse Suboxone, naloxone can trigger withdrawal symptoms while reversing the effects of euphoria.