What is Suboxone?

What is Suboxone?


Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction. It contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication and naloxone blocks the “high” experienced from opioid medications. It is used to help people addicted to heroin and other opioids by reducing withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings.


Suboxone_SL_TabsWhat is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone is used to treat individuals suffering from opioid addiction by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings while preventing misuse. When used as directed, the active ingredient buprenorphine attaches to the same receptors as other opioids, helping to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. When used as directed, the active ingredient naloxone reduces the pain-relieving and euphoric side effects often experienced from opioid drugs.


Effects and Dangers of Suboxone


When used and taken as directed, Suboxone has the ability to reduce withdrawal symptoms, cravings and has potential to prevent misuse. Common Suboxone side effects are: abdominal/stomach pain, constipation, nausea/vomiting, pain and difficulty sleeping. Some dangerous possible side effects of Suboxone are: light headedness, cough, dizziness, fever or chills, flushing of the skin, headaches, lower back pain, sweating, and difficulty urinating.

While Suboxone has the potential to be useful for some during the detox process, there is the potential for misuse. Misuse of Suboxone can lead to serious health risks. Suboxone can be habit-forming, even when taken as prescribed. Misuse of Suboxone can cause addiction, overdose or even death. Individuals who have suffered from opioid addiction for a long time are often the individuals who choose to abuse Suboxone. Suboxone abuse may occur to reduce withdrawal symptoms while using their opioid drug of choice or in an attempt to get high. Some possible side effects of Suboxone abuse are: nausea/vomiting muscle pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, insomnia, sweating, fever, depression, drowsiness, poor memory, slurred speech and small pupils. Some possible side effects of Suboxone overdose are: blurred vision, severe lethargy, slurred speech, weakness and shallow breathing. Alcohol must be avoided while taking Suboxone, dangerous side effects and even death can occur if alcohol and Suboxone are combined.


Getting Help for Opioid Addiction


Suboxone is often prescribed to those suffering from opioid addiction. Suboxone is a drug replacement therapy method. Substituting one drug for another can impede upon the recovery process. Other than replacing one drug for another, a few side effects of long term Suboxone use are the inability to manage emotions and abnormal responses to stress. Suboxone is a temporary fix for a long-term problem. If you or someone you know needs help from Opioid addiction, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.