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Suboxone is an effective therapy to aid in recovery from opiate dependence. Once prescribed, the drug can be taken for extended periods of time. Suboxone requires that users stop taking other addictive opioids. Despite its effectiveness, Suboxone can also have addictive potential. As a partial opioid agonist, Suboxone produces withdrawal effects like other opioids if abruptly stopped. The symptoms can vary in severity and duration, depending on how long users have been taking Suboxone, as well as the dosage of the drug.

Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can extend for weeks and include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches/Body Aches
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Digestive distress
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Drug cravings
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Concentration difficulties

Suboxone Withdrawal Timeline: How Long Do Symptoms Last?

Most physical withdrawal symptoms will subside after one month, though psychological dependence can remain. Symptoms are the worst in the first 72 hours of Suboxone withdrawal. Most symptoms are physical in nature. Then, in the first week after discontinuation of Suboxone, symptoms subside to general aches and pains in the body, as well as insomnia and mood swings. After the second week, depression is the biggest symptom. After one month, users may still be experiencing intense cravings and depression. This is the most delicate time after stopping Suboxone use, as potential for relapse is most possible. As such, the timeline for Suboxone withdrawal is as follows:

  • 72 hours: Physical symptoms at their worst
  • 1 week: Bodily aches and pains, insomnia, and mood swings
  • 2 weeks: Depression
  • 1 month: Cravings and depression

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, please seek help immediately from a treatment professional. Like any other addictive substance, withdrawal from Suboxone can last several months. Though the major physical symptoms will cease after a month of not taking the drug, psychological symptoms can go on for extended periods.

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