With the growing heroin epidemic, many have turned to other medications to relieve withdrawal symptoms. One of the most popular treatments is Suboxone. Unfortunately, it itself can be addictive and lead to other issues. Due to this, The ingredients used in Suboxone have been included into drug testing.
What is Suboxone?
A common term used for this drug is “Subs”. Subs are made by combining two synthetic opioid derivatives, Buprenorphine and Naloxone. These two components are know to ease the pains of heroin and opioid withdrawal. It works by attaching to the same opioid receptors.
- Buprenorphine is an opioid agonist, which means it mimics opioids. Basically a weaker synthetic opioid.
- Naloxone is an antagonist, which when binding to receptors, blocks opioids. It is considered to be an opioid blocker.
It’s important to know that taking Subs is not safe alternative. Suboxone is a dangerous, highly addictive drug. That can cause respiratory issues and even death at high doses. Never take more than prescribed and don’t use without prescription. For more information please see the following: Suboxone.com/Content/pdfs/SuboxoneISI.pdf
Detoxing from Subs
At this point it’s important to note the purpose of this article. This guide is written with the intent of providing detox information for those that are looking to drop the level of detectable suboxone from their urine. Or detoxing suboxone from your system.
This is not a detox guide for anyone looking to detox medically or kick a suboxone habit. If you have a real addiction problem, consult a professional and seek out help. Addiction is a serious problem that requires determination in your part.
If you are using Subs legally and as prescribed by your doctor, but would like to clear out metabolites from your body, read on.
How long is Suboxone in your system
The compound buprenorphine, which is in suboxone and other medication is used as a marker for drug screenings. This means, Suboxone can be detecting in hair, blood, urine and other bodily fluids after use. The amount of time needed to detox depends on what screening is being used.
Subs have a half-life or about 24 to 48 hours, this means the compound can be active in the bloodstream for up to 2 days. This doesn’t mean it has cleared your system that quickly. As a matter a fact, the detox process starts after buprenorphine has run its course.
At that point Suboxone is detectable in urine for an additional 3 days. Making the total detox time for one time use, 3 to 5 days. Detox times are extended if you are a habitual user or you are submitted to a hair follicle screening.
*Hair drug screenings will detect all drug use for a 3 month period. The amount of use does not affect the detectable time. If in the past you have only used Subs once, it is still detectable for 90 days. Hair Detoxes can help speed up the process.
How long does suboxone stay in your system for a urine drug test
Let’s get into the time needed to clear your system of Subs and how to speed it up. As stated above, a one time user may test positive for upto 5 days. But, chances are that your doctor has prescribed your use at 1 to 2 times a day. Common dose for Suboxone is anywhere from 6 mg to 8 mg, at times, the prescription can even be higher. Making it very difficult to clear your system in time for a urine drug screening.
Why you may need to cleanse your system
If you are facing a urine drug screening, the safest bet would be to provide prescription documentation. But do to the stigma surrounding this medication you might not feel comfortable admitting use.
Your privacy is important and you may not feel comfortable disclosing some information to a future employer of drug screener. A Suboxone user may not like the stigma of “recovering addict”, even though you may not be taking Suboxone for that reason.
How to flush suboxone from your body
There are two ways to clear out Buprenorphine from your system and provide clean urine for a screening. One way would be to use a detox cleanse for faster results, the other would require more time and effort.
If you are under time constraints and need to provide a urine sample that’s below the detectable cut-off , CertoClear may be your best bet. Certoclear is a fiber based detox that has proven very effective for this purpose. Fiber can extract and absorb toxins from your body and bypass the urinary tract.
Be sure to drink plenty of water after use leading up to the screening.
Exercise and Diet:
If you are not pressed for time, exercise and diet can prove to be the most effective ways to cleanse out your body. Sweating is the body’s way of cooling down. It also works very well for detoxing. In combination with a good diet, you are able to totally eradicate Buprenorphine from your body at a more permanent level.
The only down side is the time required to detox. Going the natural route for a regular Suboxone user will take anywhere from 2 to 5 weeks. But can be the most rewarding and lead to a better lifestyle.