There is no exact period of time that a person should return to work after starting Suboxone. Each person will respond to buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) differently and some people transition to it more quickly if they have taken Suboxone previously. It all depends on how the person feels and should be determined by that individual.
Generally speaking, it takes 1-3 days to titrate up to a “maintenance” dose (the dose that keeps the person stable without cravings or withdrawal symptoms), and patients often report it can take them 1-2 weeks to get used to this dose and start feeling normal and thinking clearly again. After a dose change, it usually takes 4-5 days to adjust. When taken appropriately, buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) should NOT make people feel tired or groggy and they should be able to perform all their typical work duties without any restrictions or limitations.