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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:59 pm 
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Hello, and I have a question for all.. I was on Oxy's, and as of this morning, I am down to Norco.. I will be taking about nine of them a day to stay upright and not sick. I start my Suboxone next Wed. And I knew exactly how long I would have to take with the oxy's cause I had been on them for so long, and have gone through withdrawls enough to know how to do it But now with Norco I don't no. I would assume, it wouldn't take as long as Oxy's... Anyone coming off Norco, to get on the Suboxone. I know it is different for everyone,but trying to get a ball park figure. thanks in advance!

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Hydrocodone, the active opioid ingredient in Norco, has a half-life of about 3.8 hours, but has been reported to last up to 6 hours, depending on where you look. I'm not very familiar with Norco, so I don't know if there is some time-release mechanism like you have with Oxycontin that would impact that half-life, but as you already pointed out, withdrawal is different for everyone, so giving you a "ballpark" figure, based on what I know, I would expect that you will start feeling sick about 12 hours after your last dose.


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Ditto that....there's no way to tell. AFAIK, one only needs to be in "moderate" withdrawal, which is pretty nebulous. Different docs will have different standards. In my case, I never experienced PWs, even when taking suboxone along with an agonist. Don't try that, though!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:01 pm 
Go by more of how u feel and your symptoms than how long its been since your last dose. I can say tho with almost guaranteed certainty that if you wait 24 hours since your last dose you will be absolutely fine. 24 hours may be longer than needed but its better to be safe then sorry, I had to wait 48 hours since my last dose because I was addicted to an opiate with a long half life and it was hard to make it that long but I did it and my induction went smoothly. I would say if you cant make it 24 hours if it was me I would wait at least 18 hours to be safe.


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thanks everyone..cant wait to get it over with.. I hate waiting, it lets me think to much.. ha ha. thanks again!

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The active ingredient in Norco is Hydrocodone. I too switched from Oxy to Hydro's several days before my induction. I stopped my Hydro's 24 hours before starting suboxone. More importantly though is the fact that I was in moderate to full blown withdrawal. I probably quit the Hydro's sooner than I had to, but there was no way I was risking PW.

30 minutes after taking my first 8mg of suboxone ALL the withdrawal left me and I felt great.

Good Luck and try not to worry too much.


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