Drug addiction is something very dangerous to anyone across the globe. It has taken numerous lives. A lot of people fall victim to this bad habit every day. And certain people die each day due to drug addictions. Science has been working on the ways of treating people who have the addiction to various drugs. In efforts to this, they have created the suboxone, a medication for treating the addiction to opioids such as heroin and hydrocodone. But the question is that, as this is also an opioid, how long does suboxone stay in your system?
Intake of suboxone
The intake of suboxone is mainly by the help of a sublingual medication that comes in either a film or a tablet. It will dissolve under your tongue. Most of the people love the film because, compared to the tablets, it tastes pretty well. One does per day of suboxone is recommended with the instructions of doctors. However, it may vary depending on the treatment and recommendation from your medical experts. The general ratio is 16 by 4 mg (which refers to the ratio of buprenorphine to naloxone, the two main ingredients of this medication). The maximum dose that you can take is 4 by 6 mg.
The peak levels and half-life of suboxone
The half-life refers to the time of any drug, medication or substance in which the half amount of drug or substance is eliminated or consumed by the process. As I mentioned above, the two basic and active ingredients of suboxone are the buprenorphine and naloxone. Although you take suboxone as a single medication, these two ingredients must be considered as separate chemicals. So, here are the peak levels and half-life of these drugs.
Peak levels of buprenorphine
This drug is said to have an immediate effect on the system of a person. During the clinical and laboratory tests, it was observed that this had the best effect on the 90-100 minutes time span after the consumption of the medication.
The half life of buprenorphine and naloxone
The half-life differs depending on various factors (will discuss later). For buprenorphine, the average half-life time (when taken in the form of suboxone) is around 24 hours to 60 hours. While the naloxone is consumed half within 2 to 12 hours of intake. The longer time of buprenorphine is god as it helps in suppressing the symptoms of drug addiction for longer time span.
Factors that affects the time span of drug
When does someone ask you that how long does suboxone stay in your system? You need to tell the person that there are some factors that affect the time limit. It is not same for everyone as it may vary in concern with the following factors:
- The content of fat in the body of a person
- The weight and height of the person in question
- Age also plays a great role in defining the life of drugs in the system of a person
- Metabolism plays vital role in increasing or decreasing the life of a drug
- Size of dose that the person is taking
- Amount of the time since the last intake
- And the health of liver