How Long Does Suboxone Stay In Your System?

If you’ve ever dealt with an alcohol or drug addiction, then you know that addiction is a lifelong disease that millions of people struggle with every day. In some cases, addiction can be so strong that to get clean, a person has to be given another substance to slowly come off of a drug they were using and to counteract the effects that the original drug was causing. In the case of opioid addiction, the drug Suboxone – a name brand of the drug Naloxone – is used to inhibit opioids’ effects on a person’s body, slowly allowing them to become less dependent. How long does Suboxone stay in your system, though?

Suboxone half-life

The half-life of a drug refers to how long it takes for half of a dose of a substance to leave the bloodstream and no longer be detectable in the user. In the case of Suboxone, it has an unusually long half-life of 37 hours. This means that for one full dose of Suboxone to leave a person’s body, it would take approximately eight days.

This also only refers to the drug’s half-life when it is checked via a blood test. When testing urine, the time it stays detectable could be even longer, and in the case of a hair follicle test, there can be trace amounts of the drug found months later.

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Testing for suboxone

There is one particular caveat for testing for the drug Suboxone. Because it is a semi-synthetic opioid, it does not show up on a standard drug test. However, it is possible for it to show up on a more specialized drug test or when a person to be tested specifically for that drug. This means that if a person were to be tested for Suboxone specifically, the bare minimum amount of time that would need to pass for it not to be detectable is greater than eight days.

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Suboxone is a special drug in and of itself because it is a partially synthetic opioid that is used to treat opioid addiction. Though used as a treatment for addiction, Suboxone can become addictive when used improperly. If you’ve found yourself in this tricky situation, Elite Home Detox offers in-home detox programs for suboxone addiction to help you on the path to recovery.

If you or a loved one is ready to overcome an addiction, contact Elite Home Detox and let us help you get clean the right way.


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