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When can I stop taking Subutex?

You can stop taking Subutex (buprenorphine) when you and your doctor together decide that you no longer need it, side effects are causing too many problems or a different drug could be more helpful. Do not stop taking Subutex abruptly or without talking to your doctor first, because doing so could cause you to experience withdrawal symptoms. When you are ready to stop taking Subutex, your doctor can help you do it safely, by lowering your dose gradually to minimize side effects.

Subutex is prescribed to adults who are addicted to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers like morphine. It works by reducing cravings, stopping or preventing opiate withdrawal symptoms and blocking the "high" feeling produced by opiates, making it easier to quit these drugs permanently. How long you'll need to take Subutex depends on factors like your addiction history and your response to Subutex. Your doctor may recommend that you continue treatment with Subutex for weeks, months or a year or longer.

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