Bunavail is a remarkable new medication for treating opioids dependence. Unlike Suboxone, which usually comes in pill form, Bunavail comes as a film that attaches to the inside of your cheek. This means that Bunavail treatments need only about half the dose of buprenorphine in them to have the same effect.
Given that the dose and delivery system are different, does this affect drug testing? If so, how long does Bunavail stay in your system? In some cases, you may not even be tested for it.
Bunavail and Drug Tests
The main ingredient of Bunavail is buprenorphine, a synthetic opioid. Like other synthetics, it usually isn't detected by a standard five-panel drug test. This is because unlike heroin and codeine, it doesn't break down into morphine.
There are, however, specific tests for buprenorphine. Some, but not all labs, offer it as part of an extended drug test.
Unless you know exactly what you'll be tested for, you need to assume that any use of Bunavail will be detected.
How Long Does Bunavail Stay in Your System?
Bunavail has a lower dose than Suboxone pills, so you might think the detection time will be lower. This isn't the case unfortunately.
The lower dose in Bunavail is compensated for by the delivery mechanism. Compared to Suboxone pills, much more of the buprenorphine is absorbed by the body. In fact, if you move from Suboxone to Bunavail, your doctor will calculate a new lower dose accordingly. This means you will still be getting the same amount of buprenorphine in your body.
When looking at urine drug tests, you should be able to pass after two to four days of not taking Bunavail. In saliva-based drug tests, this is reduced slightly by a day.
Taking a Drug Test
As Bunavail is used exclusively to treat opioid dependency, it's understandable that you might not want to disclose it. Even though you're rehabilitating yourself, you're basically admitting that you did have a dependency problem. This may carry a stigma that affects your relationships with colleagues and your future career.
Fortunately, you can still get through drug tests while also protecting your privacy. While testing labs don't like to admit it, drug tests are often based on biological processes that can vary between people and even over the day.
The concentrations of drug metabolites in urine can vary. For example, if you gave a urine sample first thing in the morning, you would have more chance of failing than later in the day. This is because toxins have been accumulating in your urine all night. The same thing applies if you drink less during the day, and therefore pee less.
Detox drinks exploit this mechanism to quickly flush toxins out of your bladder. Using only natural ingredients, they quickly get to work. Once they've flushed away the toxins, it takes a little while for them to build up to detectable levels again. This gives you a valuable few hours to submit a urine sample.
When using detox drinks, always follow the instructions closely to ensure you get the right results.