Suboxone is a brand name drug that is a blend of two different generic drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used to treat opioid use disorder. Suboxone is an opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the same opioid receptors in the brain and can reduce cravings, pain, anxiety, and opioid withdrawal symptoms. The risk of fatality is also far less than it is with heroin. This is because buprenorphine, which is the addictive component in Suboxone, has a much slower onset. It also has milder effects and a longer duration cycle than opioids, making it less addictive.
How Long Does Suboxone Stay in Your System? - Bedrock
Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction. It contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, sometimes called a narcotic. Naloxone helps to prevent the effects of opioid medication — both pain relief and the feeling of well-being that triggers continued opioid abuse. Suboxone has been praised for its ability to reduce opiate addiction symptoms while being referred to as a major breakthrough in terms of addiction treatment.
Suboxone consists of the drugs buprenorphine and naloxone. To figure out how long Suboxone stays in your system, you have to look at how long these two drugs stay in your system. Buprenorphine stays in your system much longer, and it has a half-life of 24 to 48 hours. Naloxone only has a half-life between 30 minutes and 12 hours. A urine test can detect Suboxone for at least 9 hours after you ingest the drug, but how long it lasts varies based on the type of lab test used.
Medically reviewed by Carmen Fookes, BPharm. Last updated on March 30, Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone and it may be used to treat opioid addiction. When calculating how long Suboxone lasts in the body, you need to consider the elimination half-life of both drugs. This is the time it takes for half of the drug to be metabolized and eliminated in the body.