If you or someone you know is currently trying to kick an opiate addiction, the number of treatment options may be confusing or intimidating. For one of the most effective treatment medications, Suboxone, the answer isn’t so complicated. Read on to learn more about this drug.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is actually two drugs, named buprenorphine and naloxone, put together for use as an opiate agonist. Originally conceived as a pain medication, much like opiates are, Suboxone typically serves as part of addiction treatment for those with an opiate addiction.
How does it work?
Suboxone has two functions, the first of which is eliminating withdrawal symptoms. The drug is administered during the detox stage, and once the patient shows symptoms of withdrawal, taking Suboxone suppresses the sweating, nausea, pain, and other aches withdrawal causes. Depending on how sever the addiction is, this stage can last from a few days to a couple of weeks. Suboxone’s long half-life and slow absorbing rate make it hard to form an addiction, so it’s safer than other treatment medications.
The second function Suboxone serves is blocking opiate receptors. It binds to the same receptors in the brain other opiates do, and once there’s enough of it in the body, it blocks the receptor from being stimulated by anything else. In small amounts this leads to some pain suppression, but if the patient consumes any other opiate, they won’t experience any of the pleasant feelings drug abuse gave them.
Will it help me?
Talk to your doctor about using Suboxone before making any concrete plans. While it high a high success rate in aiding detoxification, Suboxone can still impart unpleasant side effects like respiratory depression, an allergic reaction, and addiction. Using the drug with a trained professional administering will cut down on the risk.
If you’re cleared for using Suboxone, be sure to take it regularly and responsibly for as long as needed. Both parts work together to get patients through withdrawal with as little discomfort and fear of early relapse as possible.
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