Suboxone Withdrawals

Why Does Suboxone Produce Opiate Type Withdrawal Symptoms?

Suboxone contains buprenorphine, and buprenorphine is an opiate – and like all opiates, buprenorphine will cause withdrawal pains when you stop taking it.

Fortunately, because buprenorphine is a short acting and only partially activating opiate, the withdrawal pains induced are less severe than for drugs like heroin or oxycontin, and far less severe than for long lasting methadone.

Suboxone Withdrawal Symotoms?

The severity of withdrawal symptoms will vary, but these symptoms are less intense than for methadone or other opiates.

Symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal can include:

  • Yawning
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain
  • Leg restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Insomnia

These symptoms will peak in intensity after about 2 days, and should be diminished after about 5 days, although most people will feel lingering withdrawal pains for a couple of weeks or more after stopping.

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