Suboxone contains buprenorphine, an opioid medication, and naloxone, a chemical that blocks the opioid medication’s effects including feelings of well-being.
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The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of buprenorphine in the United States in 1981.
Suboxone is primarily used in the treatment of opioid addiction, such as addictions to oxycodone and heroin. Doctors prescribe it for the detoxification phase, both for the short-term and long-term periods of opioid replacement therapy.
The detox phase involves the patient’s gradual withdrawal from his choice of drug of dependency, such as heroin, and into Suboxone. The medication is sometimes used in conjunction with other medications like oxazepam, diazepam, clonidine, and ibuprofen. The combination of medications is customized according to a patient’s drug of dependency, age, and physical condition, among other factors.
Buprenorphine, one of two active ingredients, has almost identical efficacy to methadone. But since it’s only a partial agonist, it virtually eliminates the risks of respiratory depression that can be life-threatening in case of abuse.
Suboxone shouldn’t be used by persons allergic to naloxone or buprenorphine. In order to get the most benefit from its use, be sure to tell your doctor when you have:
- Difficulty in urinating
- Difficulty in breathing and/or underlying lung disease
- Liver or kidney disease
- Issues with your thyroid, adrenal gland, or gallbladder
- History of alcohol addiction, drug abuse, or mental illness
Your doctor will usually conduct a comprehensive medical examination before prescribing the drug. You should never share your medication with another person as it can be habit-forming (i.e., addictive), not to mention that it’s against the law.