Suboxone is a compound medication that is used in the treatment of certain opioid (narcotic) dependencies. The active ingredients in suboxone are buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid and naloxone is an opioid antagonist.
When people develop dependency on opioids, they will undergo withdrawal symptoms when they quit. Suboxone withdrawal symptoms are similar to those associated with other opioids. Medical supervision is highly recommended during withdrawal. To find a program that can help treat addiction and withdrawal, call Drug Treatment Centers Kissimmee at (321) 697-7113.
Suboxone is a controlled substance, and can only be prescribed by doctors who have notified the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and who have been granted permission by the DEA.
The drug is dispensed as a tablet or film, which is retained under the tongue until it dissolves. The drug is useful in suppressing withdrawal symptoms when administered to people coming off other opioids. Physicians will experiment with the dosage to get the best results.
There are three phases in treatment. In the initial phase, the dosage is aimed at getting the patient off other addictive opioids. Once the patient is off the addictive drug, treatment moves into the maintenance phase. The patient will continue to take the medication while receiving therapy and counseling to deal with the addiction. The final phase is the gradual reduction of the dosage until the patient is finally off the medication completely.
Opioids are used to treat a wide range of health problems. They are only available legally on prescription, but hundreds of millions of prescriptions are issued annually, leading to widespread abuse.
The most common abuse is exceeding the recommended dosage. This is followed by mixing opioid intake with other opioid drugs, such as taking both painkillers and anti-anxiety medications or alcohol. The third most common abuse is snorting or injecting the opioid. Suboxone is rarely abused because of the presence of the naloxone. Secondly, because it can only be prescribed by qualified doctors, it is not widely available for abuse.
Because suboxone has an opioid component, it is in the narcotics class of drugs. However, when people take buprenorphine, the opiate component in this drug, there is no sense of euphoria, something that is common with other narcotics. The lack of a high or a buzz reduces the likelihood of people becoming addicted to buprenorphine. That can reduce the impact of suboxone withdrawal.
To reduce the risk of this drug being abused just like other narcotic drugs, naloxone is included in the compound. Naloxone causes an adverse reaction in the form of strong withdrawal symptoms when suboxone is abused, such as being injected, but has no effect when the medication is taken as prescribed.
Suboxone withdrawal caused by misuse is similar to the withdrawal of other opiate medications. Patients may experience headaches, diarrhea, nausea, sleeplessness, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
In-patient treatment is the best way to handle suboxone withdrawal. Patients receive 24-hour monitoring, medication to ease the withdrawal process, and they are less likely to be tempted into relapse.
The highly qualified staff from Drug Treatment Centers Kissimmee have the knowledge and expertise to help you or a loved one find treatment for withdrawal symptoms. Call us on (321) 697-7113 to find out more.