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Will I go through withdrawal when I want to come off of Suboxone?

Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is a partial opioid agonist, and patients are physically dependent on taking buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) daily in order to feel normal and healthy. Because of this physical dependence, patients can experience Suboxone withdrawal symptoms if it’s stopped abruptly. Suboxone withdrawal can include nausea, headache, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, muscle aches, sweating, diarrhea, and drug cravings.


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). However, if you desire to taper off Suboxone, consult with your medical provider in order to slowly taper your dose, as this will help prevent buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) withdrawal symptoms.

Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH

Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH, is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician and Head of Research at Bicycle Health. She earned her Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine (in the Rural Primary Care Track) and her Master of Public Health (MPH) from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Rollston completed her residency at Tufts University and Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard-affiliated community healthcare system in Greater Boston, with emphases in addiction medicine and sexual & reproductive health. Her professional interests focus on social determinants of health & health equity, addiction medicine, gender-based violence, sexual & reproductive health, rural health, homelessness & supportive housing, and immigrant health. Dr. Rollston has published on these topics in The Lancet, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Appalachian Health, and Medical Care.

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Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH

Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH, is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician and Head of Research at Bicycle Health. She earned her Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine (in the Rural Primary Care Track) and her Master of Public Health (MPH) from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Rollston completed her residency at Tufts University and Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard-affiliated community healthcare system in Greater Boston, with emphases in addiction medicine and sexual & reproductive health. Her professional interests focus on social determinants of health & health equity, addiction medicine, gender-based violence, sexual & reproductive health, rural health, homelessness & supportive housing, and immigrant health. Dr. Rollston has published on these topics in The Lancet, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Appalachian Health, and Medical Care.

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