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How long must I quit taking Suboxone before having surgery

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How long must I quit taking Suboxone before having surgery
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 8 months ago.

Dear customer,

Since when are you taking Suboxone? When are you having the surgery and which surgery?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Complete Shoulder replacement, This will be the 12th month, Surgery Is December 22nd
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 8 months ago.

Dear customer,

What is the dosage of suboxone you are taking at present? What did your doctor or surgeon advice you regarding this?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I haven't asked Just looking for general guide lines, Dosage 4mg/1mg twice a day,
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 8 months ago.

Dear customer,

Thank you for your reply.

There are two approaches about this. One is to discontinue the medication before at least 2 weeks. However this may lead to withdrawal symptoms and therefore many patients find it difficult to completely stop the medication.

The other approach is to reduce the dosage of the medication and continue the reduced dosage even in the postoperative period. So in these patients who are continuing suboxone in postoperative period, for pain relief opioid medications need to be prescribed in sufficient dosage to relieve the pain.

Therefore since the surgery is less than a month away you need to discuss regarding your options with your doctor/surgeon.

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