What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is an opioid medication often used in the treatment of drug addiction. Suboxone is comprised of both naloxone and buprenorphine. Suboxone is known best for its use during withdrawal from narcotics or opiate based drugs. It still is a form of an opiate, but does not give the same type of "high" that other opiates produce. It helps with withdrawal symptoms, making it easier to detox from other opiates. It also blocks other opiates from working, so if someone were to take an opioid/opiate while on Suboxone they would immediately get sick and provides an undesirable response.
How is Suboxone Administered?
Suboxone can only be prescribed by a doctor. Currently, there is no generic version of Suboxone. It is a pill that is administered sublingually (under the tongue) and dissolves quickly. There is a similar drug called Subutex, which does not include the opiate blocker naloxone. Subutex is available in generic form, and is also administered under the tongue in film like strips. Suboxone is meant only for oral ingestion. If suboxone is snorted, broken up, or injected it will provide an undesirable response and make the user extremely sick, mimicking extreme effects of what drug detox would be like.
How Long Should Suboxone be taken?
Suboxone is meant to be a short term drug in the treatment of drug addiction and withdrawal. Suboxone is an opiate, which means it is still addictive. DO NOT STOP TAKING THIS MEDICATION WITHOUT ADVICE OF A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. If you stop taking this medication suddenly, intense withdrawal symptoms will occur. A person must be weaned off of this drug over time. There are many doctor's out there, who's speciality is in suboxone, and their best interest is to keep the patient on it as long as possible. It is always suggested to partner with your local general practitioner and suboxone specialist to receive the best treatment possible. Please keep in mind, that this is a short term solution and should be partnered with talk therapy and support groups.
What are the Side Effects of Suboxone?
Suboxone can cause nausea, upset stomach, headaches, dry mouth, dizziness, increased sweating, headaches, mood swings, and insomnia. Always consult a medical professional and let them know about ALL side effects that may occur while taking Suboxone.
Is Suboxone Addictive?
YES! Suboxone is highly addictive. It is an opioid, derived from the same family as heroin and methadone and roxy codone. It is different in the way that your body responds to it, and does not produce the same intense euphoria, but is still very highly addictive and should be taken with extreme caution and always under the advice of a medical professional. Because of the extreme addictive nature of suboxone, this medication should not be stopped suddenly. The dosage needs to be decreased successfully until the person is weaned off of it.