How Long Does Buprenorphine Stay in Your System?

Detection Timetable Depends on Many Variables

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Trying to estimate exactly how long buprenorphine is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including which kind drug test is being used. Buprenorphine - also known as Suboxone, Subutex, Buprenex, Temgesic, Bupe - can be detected for a shorter time with some tests, but can be "visible" for up to three months in other tests.

The timetable for detecting buprenorphine in the system is also dependent upon each individual's metabolism, body mass, age, hydration level, physical activity, health conditions and other factors, making it almost impossible to determine an exact time buprenorphine will show up on a drug test.

Other factors that can come into play in tests being able to detect buprenorphine is how often it has been taken and the amount taken.

The following is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which buprenorphine can be detected by various testing methods:

How Long Does Buprenorphine Stay in the Urine?

Buprenorphine can be detected in the urine for 1-3 days

How Long Can Buprenorphine Be Detected in Blood?

There is no data currently available on blood testing for buprenorphine.

How Long Can a Saliva Test Detect Buprenorphine?

A saliva test can detect Buprenorphine for up to 1-3 days

How Long Can a Hair Test Detect Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine, like like many other drugs, can be detected with a hair follicle drug test for up to 90 days.

Preventing Buprenorphine Overdose

Buprenorphine is in a class of medications called opioid partial agonist-antagonists. It is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms for patients who stop taking opioid drugs by producing similar effects to these drugs.

Knowing how long buprenorphine remains in the body can help in preventing a possible accidental overdose. Symptoms of a buprenorphine overdose can include:

If you suspect someone has overdosed on buprenorphine, call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 9-1-1.


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