How to Stop Using Suboxone
In some cases, the patient realizes their current pending addiction to Suboxone and wants to stop using the drug. However, you cannot just suddenly stop taking Suboxone without talking to a medical professional first. Though not as strong as other opiates, Suboxone still causes a physical dependency, and therefore withdrawal can occur if the addict abruptly discontinues using the drug, Drugs.com warns.
Why Are You Taking Suboxone?
Before you stop using Suboxone, you must understand why you are taking the drug in the first place. Suboxone is most often used as a treatment option for opiate addiction. By substituting Suboxone for a more potent opiate, doctors hope to curb an addict’s cravings while also weaning the body away from its dependency on opiates.
For that reason, hastily terminating your Suboxone use may hinder the drug treatment process and lead to relapse or severe withdrawal.
Why Would You Need to Stop Taking Suboxone?
Suboxone contains an opiate called buprenorphine, which is addictive. If a patient develops an addiction to Suboxone, specifically the buprenorphine in the drug, treatment is required. One possible treatment option is discontinuing the Suboxone and prescribing another medication.
You may also need to stop taking Suboxone because you are allergic to one or more of the ingredients contained within the medication. Severe allergies and other adverse side effects can be dangerous. You should never take Suboxone if you have previously experienced an allergic reaction to the drug in the past. Fortunately, there are other medications and treatment options available to patients who cannot take Suboxone.
The Right Way to Get Off the Drug
If you feel that your Suboxone use is counterproductive to your recovery, talk to the doctor who is supervising your treatment. Cite the reasons you want to stop taking the drug and discuss the possible alternatives available to you.
Options to get you off the drug include:
- Gradual reduction in dosage. Your doctor may recommend slowly reducing your Suboxone dosage so you decrease your chances of addiction but still have the positive benefits provided by the drug. This option provides you with the opportunity to continue your drug rehabilitation without significantly interfering with the treatment process.
- Therapy. In some cases, your physician may recommend continued use of the drug, but only if you agree to scheduled drug therapy sessions. These sessions will help you cope with the possibility of addiction and provide the skills necessary to avoid abusing Suboxone.
- Change to another medication. Suboxone is not the only medication used to treat opiate addiction. Your doctor may halt your Suboxone intake and replace it with other medications such as methadone and naloxone. However, you will still need regular monitoring, in order to guarantee that the medication is working and that you are not experiencing any side effects or signs of relapse.