Suboxone is an FDA-approved medication prescribed to help manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings for people seeking treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). This medication should only be accessed under the care of a qualified provider. Suboxone consists of buprenorphine and naloxone. As a partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine interacts with the opioid receptors in the brain, producing a mild euphoria that alleviates withdrawal discomfort. Naloxone, an opioid antagonist, binds to opioid receptors and blocks the effects of other opioids. This interaction helps reduce the risk of misuse and overdose. While this combination can keep cravings and withdrawal symptoms under control, how long should you take Suboxone? That answer will vary as some people only need short-term treatment to help them get through the worst of their symptoms, and others require long-term support to maintain their recovery.
If you have questions about accessing Suboxone care and how long you may need to receive this OUD treatment, contact the professionals at Confidant Health’s online Suboxone clinic. Our experts can provide you with a thorough assessment to determine if virtual Suboxone treatment is right for you.
How Long Should You Take Suboxone?
The length of time needed for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) like Suboxone will vary from person to person. How long you should take Suboxone as part of OUD treatment depends on several factors:
- The severity of your withdrawal symptoms
- The intensity of opioid cravings
Considering that the primary goal of Suboxone is to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings, you may need to continue using the medication until these symptoms have dissipated. For some people, symptoms are fairly mild to begin with, and Suboxone treatment provides the temporary relief they need to stay on course early in their recovery. Their provider may decide that they are stable enough in their recovery that the medication is no longer necessary.
More severe or long-lasting withdrawal discomfort and cravings can make it especially challenging to avoid relapse. In these cases, your provider may recommend that you receive Suboxone treatment long-term or indefinitely.
Regardless of whether you need short- or long-term Suboxone care, you should never discontinue using your prescribed Suboxone without consulting your provider. They will follow a tapering protocol to safely wean you off Suboxone to prevent withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of relapse.