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Will I be able to stop taking Suboxone once I’m better?

We do not recommend patients stop taking buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone). Addiction is a chronic condition, and because of that, we recommend long-term use of buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone). Just like patients with diabetes or high blood pressure must take daily medications to stay healthy, patients with addiction must do the same. That is, we do not recommend weaning off Suboxone or detoxing from Suboxone.

Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH

Dr. Rollston is a Family Medicine Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, Affiliate Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Primary Care Blog, and Founder of Doctors For A Healthy US, LLC. She earned her Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University. Her professional interests focus on social influencers of health & health disparities, addiction medicine, sexual & reproductive health, homelessness & supportive housing, and rural health.

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