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Old 01-13-2009, 10:46 AM   #1
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Exclamation Upcoming surgery, when to discontinue suboxone??

i have a surgery schedualed soon my doctor said that after the clavical realighnment surgery i am having that i am going to be placed on morphine wile in the hospital....he said that i cant be on suboxone when i go in for surgery because the pain medication will be counter-acted....i forgot to ask but how long before the surgery is in neccisary to stop taking the suboxone. The surgery is in a week and a half and i would just stop taking the suboxone now but i get withdrawl symptoms when i stop taking it. So how much time before the surgery should i stop taking the suboxone so that i dont have to experiance to many days of withdrawl and so that the pain meds in the hospital will not be counter acted by the opioid blocker in suboxone

 
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Re: Upcoming surgery, when to discontinue suboxone??

Call you doctor and ask how you can safely wean yourself off the medication.
Good luck with the surgery.

 
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:20 AM   #3
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Re: Upcoming surgery, when to discontinue suboxone??

Depends how much you are on. Suboxone has a hlaf life of about 37.5 hours. So that means it is still working in your system long after you take it. I aould taper down slowly as much as possible, and make sure you have not taken suboxone for at least 2-3 days before surgery. You may have mild withdrawal symptoms going into surgery, but after being off of it for 2-3 days, the morphine will then help. Good luck with surgery. Also you must be on suboxone for opiod dependence, so what will happen after you are put on morphine. I hope you do not relapse, but instead choose to go back on suboxone to make sure you stay clean. I know many people who have relapsed because they were put on narcotics at the hospital and continued to use when they got out. I hope you have the strength to stay clean!!

 
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