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How to get back on Suboxone

Patients who have stopped using Suboxone can be safely and quickly re-started. If a patient is used to high doses of Suboxone, they can often simply restart their home dose, especially if they have only missed a few doses. 

However, if a patient has been off Suboxone for a period of weeks or months, they may want to start at a slightly lower dose to avoid side effects such as nausea or dizziness, and quickly go up to a dose that prevents them from having cravings.

Since this is an individualized decision, the best thing to do for someone who has gotten off Suboxone and wants to restart is to talk to their doctor about the best strategy. 

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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