Buprenorphine is a synthetic opioid used to treat opiate addiction and sometimes pain. Maybe you've been taking it in one of the following formulations: Subutex, Suboxone, Zubsolv, Bunavail, Temgesic, Buprenex, Norspan and Butrans.
If you have been taking it, you probably want to know how it will affect a drug test. For example, will it show up on a standard drug test? How long does buprenorphine stay in your system? Read on to get the facts.
Buprenorphine and Drug Tests
Buprenorphine is specially formulated to be less addictive than natural opiates like morphine. In recognition of this, the FDA currently classes it as a schedule III substance, which is lower than morphine (schedule II) and weed (schedule I).
The first point to consider is opiate drug tests. Because buprenorphine is a synthetic opioid that doesn't break down into morphine, it's not detected on a standard opiates test. This means you shouldn't fail a standard five-panel test if you've only been taking buprenorphine.
Some people do report failing for opiates after taking buprenorphine, but these are probably false positives. These could be caused by poor quality testing kits or unwittingly eating products with poppy seeds.
Extended Drug Tests
You're not completely safe from drug tests, though. In an extended test, there's a chance you will be tested for buprenorphine. It's not usually a priority, but testing labs and kits offer the option. If you don't know for sure that you won't be tested for buprenorphine, it's best to assume you will be.
How Long Does Buprenorphine Stay In Your System?
Like morphine, buprenorphine has a relatively short half-life. In most people, it will be undetectable in urine after 2-4 days of complete abstinence. For saliva, it's slightly less at 1-3 days. Hair drug tests, unfortunately, usually have a longer detection time of 90 days.
For a urine or saliva test, it's probably best to stop taking your medication four days before a drug test. But what if you need it for pain management or addiction treatment?
Getting through a Drug Test
Let's assume you prefer not to abstain for a few days. Let's also assume that you don't want to admit that you've been prescribed it. There are a few ways you can still get through a drug test and successfully protect your privacy.
For saliva tests, a special mouthwash can remove toxins and leave you with clean saliva for a drug test. You use them pretty much like a normal mouthwash, and it only takes a few minutes.
Detox drinks, meanwhile, work with your body to flush toxins out of your bladder. This enables you to give a sample as normal without worrying about failing.
Abstinence isn't even an option for hair tests, because it would take 90 days of abstinence before your hair would grow out enough. Fortunately, a special shampoo can remove the telltale traces of toxins in your hair.