Can someone switch from methadone to buprenorphine?

It is best to SLOWLY reduce your therapeutic dose of Methadone to 30 mg a day or less for at least a week, before discontinuing it completely for at least 36 hours before starting buprenorphine. You MUST be in mild to moderate withdrawal before you take your first dose of buprenorphine. If you are doing well in Methadone treatment it may not be advisable to change treatments at all unless you and your doctor determine it is in your best interest. It is VERY important to follow these guidelines and prevent precipitated withdrawal.

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