What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is touted as a ‘miracle’ drug for drug addicts. This wonder drug, as it is sometimes called, is used to treat cases of opiate dependence. Suboxone is consumed sublingually; it can decrease the withdrawal effects of drug abuse or opiate dependence.
It eases the whole process of opiate addiction treatment by making the withdrawal effects less severe. When an opiate addiction program kicks off, the abuser is first evaluated on whether they need the Suboxone drug or not. The drug is also only administered when the withdrawal symptoms of Suboxone addiction come into play. When it is administered early, they may have a counterproductive effect on the addict’s treatment program.
How Suboxone Works?
Suboxone has two ingredients, namely Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opiate agonist, meaning it has the same effects as an opiate drug. The symptoms produced by these ingredients are, however, less severe and will be easier to deal with. This will help decrease the effects of the opiate drug withdrawal, as it will continue producing the same effects on the brain as the abused opiate, but with lesser severity.
The Naloxone in Suboxone is used to block the effects of the opiate drugs in the body. When the drug is injected instead of being ingested sublingually, the Naloxone will block the function of Buprenorphine; this will lead to the addict experiencing withdrawal symptoms. When used sublingually, it does not affect the working of the Buprenorphine and will help the addict get off the drug.
Suboxone, despite being used as a recovery phase drug from opiate addiction, also has a great potential for abuse by addicts to whom it is prescribed. The Buprenorphine ingredient has addictive properties that may lead to the user jumping off from one drug to another. Care should be taken by the user to ensure that it is not used as an SOS medicine, but exactly as it is prescribed by the doctor.
When the drug is abused, the withdrawal symptoms can be adverse for the user. The drug is also used for recreational purposes like other opiates. Abusers of the drug crush it into a powder and snort it through the nose. They report a euphoric feeling.
This medication is also combined with other drugs to create a high that is not normal with other drug abuse. The drug is also used to alleviate withdrawal symptoms by abusers of other drugs in between their daily recreational doses. Combination of the drug with others may cause severe sedation and may also lead to death.
The side effects of using Suboxone in small quantities are usually not pronounced. Allergy to any of the ingredients in the drug should not be taken lightly, and a person should never use the drug if they are allergic to any of its components. Some of the common