What Happens If I Miss A Day/Dose Of Suboxone?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on July 14, 2021

When you miss a dose of Suboxone, take the dose as soon as you remember it. Or, if it’s close to the time of the next dose, wait until your regular dose time.

What Happens If I Miss A Dose Of Suboxone?

If you miss a dose of Suboxone, take it when you remember it.

If you remember that you’ve missed a dose and it’s close to the time of your next dose, skip the forgotten dose and wait until the next dose time.

Disclaimer: This page should not serve as a substitute for medical advice. If you are having trouble with your medication or experiencing adverse symptoms, call your treatment provider or seek medical assistance right away.

Learn more about taking Suboxone to overcome opioid addiction

Should I Take Two Doses Of Suboxone At Once?

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advises that Suboxone should only be taken once a day.

If you miss a dose, it’s fine to take it when you remember and resume your normal time the next day, but don’t take two doses at once.

If your doctor advises you to take two doses of Suboxone, then it is safe to do so but only under their instruction.

Suboxone has a ceiling effect, which means that after it reaches a certain threshold, taking more of the drug will not increase the effects. Taking two doses at once is a waste of a dose.

The FDA directs those using Suboxone to call their doctor if they’re unsure about dosing.

What Happens If I Miss Multiple Days/Doses Of Suboxone?

If you miss one dose, you shouldn’t have any negative consequences. However, if you miss multiple days in a row, you will likely experience withdrawal.

Suddenly stopping Suboxone or missing multiple doses can cause recovering individuals to feel extremely sick and go through withdrawal.

You May Experience Suboxone Withdrawal

When a person uses Suboxone to treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, their body becomes accustomed to the medicine.

Missing multiple doses will cause a person to suffer from withdrawal because the body is physically dependent on Suboxone.

It’s important to note that physical dependence is not the same as addiction. You may not be addicted to Suboxone, but your body is dependent on the chemicals the medicine provides.

Is Suboxone Less Effective If I Miss A Dose?

Suboxone will still be effective, even if a dose is missed. It’s not ideal to skip a dose or take two doses close together, but the medication will still work well.

Suboxone is a long-acting opioid, meaning it will work in the body for about 36 to 48 hours.

This medication used to be administered in a single dose every other day. And while Suboxone should now be taken daily, it’s still going to work for a couple of days.

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