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do you continue to take your hydrocodene while on Subutex

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Submitted: 8 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Gupta replied 8 years ago.
The idea is to replace any opiod (like hydrocodone) which you are addcited to Subutex (buprenorphine) so that you get less dependent on the original opiod.
However the exact modality of your tapering/ withdrawal needs to done under close medical supervision, with individualised instructions by your treating physician,
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Reply to Gaurav Gupta's Post: You did not answer the question do you continue to take both
Expert:  Dr. Gupta replied 8 years ago.
Ideally hydrocodone should not be taken with subutex or Buprenorphine. Subutex takes care of the withdrawal symptoms of hydrocodone. But rarely a patient might have some withdrawal symptoms despite taking subutex. In that case a low maintainance dose of hydrocodone is maintained for sometime and slowly withdrawn. But this titration of done is done by the treating physician.
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