How Do I Stop Taking Suboxone?

in Detox
Published Nov 6, 2020
how to I stop taking suboxone?

Suboxone is a medication used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Despite it being prescribed, suboxone can still be misused. While the effects of suboxone may be limited compared to other opioids, those who take it may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop the medication. If you wish to be completely abstinent from substances or stop using suboxone, Gallus Medical Detox Centers can help.

What Are Suboxone and MAT?

Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction and contains the ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. These ingredients’ combined effects reduce cravings for addictive opioids, including heroin, codeine, fentanyl, and oxycodone.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a combination of medication, counseling, and behavioral therapy to treat substance use disorder (SUD). Suboxone is typically used in detox to manage withdrawal symptoms. Afterward, the medication is used to continue to control cravings through rehab and therapy. However, suboxone is not meant to be a cure for opioid addiction.

In the United States, Suboxone is classified as a Schedule Ⅲ controlled substance. This classification means that the medication has medical value but poses a risk for addiction. Only doctors who receive certification from the Department of Health and Human Services may prescribe Suboxone.

How Does Suboxone Work?

Buprenorphine in Suboxone is an opioid. However, it is a partial opioid agonist, which prevents other opioids from binding to opioid receptors in the brain. Buprenorphine provides a way for individuals to wean themselves off opioids while minimizing opioid withdrawal. It is unlikely to cause the intense sedation and euphoria of other opioids but will satisfy basic opioid cravings.

Naloxone, contained in Suboxone, is a medication that reverses the symptoms of an opioid overdose. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks and reverses the effects of opioids in the nervous system. It is used in Suboxone to prevent overdose from Buprenorphine.

Suboxone’s Effects on the Body

Suboxone addiction is not likely, but it is possible. Buprenorphine, the opioid in Suboxone, is unlike other opioids and has a “ceiling effect.” This means that larger and more frequent doses of Buprenorphine will not amplify its potency. While a person may develop tolerance to Buprenorphine, they will not overcome that tolerance by compulsively or repeatedly increasing the amount taken.

However, it is possible to become dependent and misuse Suboxone. Misuse of Suboxone is categorized as using it to relieve opioid withdrawal without a prescription and without undergoing treatment for opioid addiction. A person misusing Suboxone may start to experience withdrawal symptoms from opioids, fail to abide by medical limits, and could suffer an overdose. When someone does not start treatment for opioid addiction but takes Suboxone regularly, they may become dependent on the medication.

The side effects of taking Suboxone may include:

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Stomach pain
  • Difficulty concentrating


When used with other substances, Suboxone may create more severe side effects. High doses of Suboxone can cause liver damage, induce a coma, or lead to overdose.

Suboxone is an opioid-based medication, meaning there is a risk of overdose, leading to death. Taking too much suboxone or combining it with other substances causes a higher chance of overdosing. Symptoms of a Suboxone overdose may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Constricted pupils
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Slurred speech


In severe cases, Suboxone overdose can cause respiratory depression, which can lead to brain damage, coma, and death.

Why Gallus Medical Detox Centers Doesn’t Use Suboxone

Some people using Suboxone as a part of MAT may wish to be completely clean from any substance. Others may misuse Suboxone and have become dependent on it. At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we can provide you with detox from Suboxone in a safe and comfortable environment. Getting off suboxone may include withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Cravings
  • Headache
  • Difficulty concentrating

Our goal at Gallus Medical Detox Centers is to avoid the dangers of cross-addiction. The defining factor of cross-addiction is a person having two or more addictive behaviors. Cross-addiction is very often accidental and due to a lack of awareness. When someone is addicted or dependent on a particular drug or alcohol, prescribing them a new drug can be dangerous. If someone uses a substance they have no experience with, they may think they can use it without becoming addicted. Addiction or dependency may develop slowly with moderate use but has the possibility of progressing. To provide safe and effective medical detox, we implement The Gallus Method. Key features of The Gallus Method include IV therapy, individual treatment plans, 24/7 medical supervision, cardiac telemetry, and video monitoring technology.

How do I stop taking suboxone?

Suboxone is a medication opioid used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to treat opioid use disorder. The medication consists of Buprenorphine and Naloxone, which prevent opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings. However, Suboxone is an opioid-based medication meaning there is still a risk of overdose. While the opioid effects of Suboxone are limited, it can still be misused, and those who stop taking it may experience withdrawal symptoms. Detox from suboxone may be frightening and uncomfortable and it is best to detox in the presence of medical professionals.

If you or a loved one struggles with opioid use, Gallus Medical Detox Centers can help. We provide safe and effective treatment to ensure we are meeting your needs. At our facilities, we avoid the dangers of cross-addiction by implementing The Gallus Method. We use IV therapy, 24/7 medical supervision, cardiac telemetry, and video monitoring to make sure we send you home with no new prescriptions. You will meet with our expert staff to create an individual recovery plan identifying resources and next-steps towards long-term recovery to help you overcome opioid use disorder. For more information on how Gallus Medical Detox Centers can help you overcome Suboxone use, call us at (866) 296-5242.