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Suboxone

Sounds Like: sub.OX.own

Classification: Opioid ModulatorOpioid Antagonist

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: III

Other names for Suboxone

  • Buprenorphine/naloxone
  • Bunavail
  • Zubsolv

Suboxone Addiction

In general, it should be noted that addiction to suboxone is highly unlikely. Those with opioid use disorders typically have enough experience with opioids that they’ve built up a tolerance. That tolerance makes the high of suboxone hardly worthwhile or even noticeable to them. Those who would actually notice the high as a high are those whose bodies haven’t had such exposure, and for them, suboxone is an unlikely introduction to opioids since it’s not commonly trafficked for recreational use. Nevertheless, the naloxone component of suboxone can cause those struggling with opioid use disorders to experience withdrawal symptoms. Anyone who consumes too much suboxone might also experience dysphoric symptoms if they’re already opioid-dependent. Many opioid abusers experience increased tolerance quickly, and their level of tolerance may very well lead to those dysphoric effects because of the buprenorphine component acting as an opioid agonist. Those who take suboxone by way of conventionally prescribed administration routes won’t see buprenorphine’s effects mitigated at all by the presence of naloxone. Opioid dependent users who, instead, dissolve and inject suboxone experience withdrawal effects however. While one might expect this to serve as an adequate deterrent against abuse of the drug, the intravenous method can also still produce an opioid-agonist high. As such, some will take that route and deliberately endure the withdrawal simulation in order to achieve the high.

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Intended Use of Suboxone

Buprenorphine/naloxone is meant to treat opioid use disorder. It’s prescribed in medication-assisted treatment, which involves safely detoxing those in the throes of opioid use disorder. It’s a way of making the detox process less uncomfortable, too. The shock to one’s system, which comes with detoxing, can be mortally perilous without suboxone or some similar medication. Suboxone is also supposed to be prescribed as part of a treatment regiment that includes more than just the medication. This would also involve therapy of some kind since the drug does none of the actual hard work required to kick the habit.

How Suboxone Is Taken

Suboxone-based treatment is administered in stages, and these stages are enumerated here. Medical professionals exclusively administer the drug sublingually, which means placing it under the patient’s tongue in tablet form.

Side Effects of
Suboxone

The list of side effects overlaps considerably with that of buprenorphine itself. Also, naloxone can induce additional withdrawal symptoms for those who have regularly used opioids.

  • Headaches
  • Opioid withdrawal syndrome
  • Tongue pain
  • Nausea
  • Perspiration
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased oral sensation
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Swelling of extremities

Signs of an
Addiction to Suboxone

Compulsive suboxone-seeking behavior

Consistent headaches

A history of rehabilitation

Suboxone
Abuse Facts

Prior to 2000, suboxone prescription wasn't allowed for treating opioid dependence, but it was the first medication approved for clinical medication-assisted treatment in the U.S.

Several myths about the alleged dangers of suboxone use persist, including myths regarding the likelihood of addiction.