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Suboxone Used to Treat Opioid Addiction

On October 8th of 2002 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved buprenorphine in two different type formulas for the treatment of opiate addiction therapy. Subutex which is buprenorphine hydrochloride is used in the initial stages (beginning) of therapy.

Suboxone is the second formula which is a combination of buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride, this drug is used in the maintenance stage for opiate addiction and withdrawal.

In this video a doctor explains what Suboxone and Subutex are, how Suboxone and Subutex are supposed to be used for and exactly what buprenorphine does to the body.

Both of these products are tablets that dissolve under the tongue for treating narcotic addiction and are classified as a Schedule III drug by the Federal Government.

A Schedule III classification means the drug is much safer and the risk of an individual becoming dependent on the drug is much lower and less likely. Methadone is classified as a Schedule II drug as well as morphine and oxycodone because they have addiction potential and are much more likely to be abused. Suboxone appears to be a much better choice than methadone when treating opiate addiction symptoms and the maintenance of these symptoms for the following reasons.

Buprenorphine has been used for the treatment of heroin addiction and has been successful in relieving withdrawal symptoms and cravings without producing the intense euphoric high or dangerous side effects. When an individual takes Suboxone as directed by a physician it’s taken orally and the severe withdrawal symptoms don’t occur.

The legal use of Suboxone is for the treatment of pain and also used for opioid addiction. Suboxone contains naloxone which helps to prevent euphoria so those abusing it won’t experience the intense high they are looking for. Subutex doesn’t contain naloxone (blocks euphoria) so this drug when abused produces more affects and withdrawal symptoms.

Most commonly methadone is used with treating opiate addiction in the United States. It helps to reduce cravings for opiates and helps with relieving the symptoms of opiate withdrawals but there are many disadvantages to methadone therapy.

Methadone can only be prescribed in licensed methadone clinics and the individual working toward recovery has to go there every day for their medication treatment. Some individuals have to travel a good distance in order to receive their treatment. Methadone is also a Schedule II drug as mentioned above and holds a much higher risk for dependence and abuse. It became necessary to come up with a safer treatment that was not only less likely to be abused but convenient for the individual in need of treatment for opiate dependence while treating their withdrawal symptoms.

In this video the same doctor in the video above talks about both Methadone and Suboxone and compares the effects of both drugs.

Buprenorphine then became available for treating opiate addiction and the 2 formulas subutex and suboxone were designed for treating the first stages of addiction treatment as well as the maintenance part of addiction therapy. Buprenorphine is the only opiate dependence therapy drug that a physician can prescribe in their office for their patients dealing with opiate addiction. Though Suboxone can be abused it is much less likely, much less addictive, and much more convenient for the individual working towards opiate addiction recovery. For many people Suboxone is a much better alternative for treating opiate dependence than methadone clinic based therapy.

Because prescription drug abuse is so widespread and prevalent throughout the United States every effort was made to keep this drug safe and diversion proof. In order for a physician to be able to prescribe Suboxen (buprenorphine drugs), the physician has to attend special training courses and their qualifications have to be submitted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or also referred to as SAMHSA.

The physician must also agree to refer their patients to drug dependence counseling. Drug addiction counseling along with suboxone is very successful when treating opiate addiction. When the physician is registered and certified with SAMHSA they are given a unique identification number from the DEA and this number is referenced on every buprenorphine prescription they write. This way law enforcement and the officials that are in charge of drug diversion can track buprenorphine (suboxone) prescriptions and minimize the likely-hood of them getting in the wrong hands and being sold on the streets.

Physicians that prescribe suboxone and subutex buprenorphine therapy have to keep an extensive log for every patient they prescribe them for. The DEA and the FDA periodically review these medical records and if they suspect any type of abuse or diversion of the drugs the manufacturer (Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals) has to investigate the situation. The physician and the manufacturer hold major responsibilities when it comes to keeping buprenorphine suboxone and subutex therapy safe from being abused.

Physicians that prescribe buprenorphine are limited to 30 patients at a time. This also includes physicians in group practices. If there are 3 doctors in a group practice the combined prescriptions can be no more than thirty and doesn’t mean 30 patients a piece. Every effort possible is made to keep this drug safe and from getting into the wrong hands but like everything else, abuse of suboxone and subutex buprenorphine therapy drugs does happen.

It is possible to overdose on buprenorphine but it is still much safer than methadone. Most of the time those that abuse suboxone are the individuals that are addicted to opiates in very small or low doses. Subutex doesn’t contain naloxone like suboxone does so it’s more susceptible for abuse. Many times it is crushed and injected or snorted.

When buprenorphine and methadone are abused at the same time, the drug’s effects are greatly enhanced and are a major concern. Sadly these drugs are manufactured with good intentions behind them for the treatment of drug addiction therapy and no matter how many precautions are set in place someone will find a way to abuse them. This only makes it all the harder for individuals that are serious about their drug addictions and are looking for a safe treatment while working toward recovery.

Websites Used
Office of Diversion Control U.S. Department of Justice
NIDA Suboxone Treatment
National Drug Intelligence Center

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    Hello, my name is Brian and My girlfriend and I have been doing pain medications for a little over a year now.. we decided we have a life to live being as young as we are in our 20's and pain pills are not going to take over our family, work, relationship, like it ALMOST did, luckily for us we are in this together.

    We had just started suboxone 2 days ago just very minimal doses and feeling 99.9% better. We usually took a few percocet a day and we have tried the Oxycontin around 5 different times. My girlfriend and I are probably not the worst case you have heard of or seen, but after about 8 different times of saying "we have to beat these withdrawals this week" , we would put a time limit on when we were going to quit, how we were going to quit and all that bull.

    But, Hey, we hardcore withdrawal-ed for 3 days straight..the hot sweats, going to the bathroom, crabby, basically just wanted to die, is really how it felt. We wanted to be sure we had gotten all the ocycodone out of our system so we were for sure ready for the suboxone..well even just a couple days after beginning our suboxone medication we don't feel like we want any part of pain meds, no irritability, we don't just want to lay in bed every second of the day anymore and it FEELS GREAT!

    The key is don't overdue your doses, our case isn't as severe as others, (as i read on this web page) my girlfriend is small and petite and shes doing 4 mg and I myself, wanted to start off slow so i am doing the same doses as well. I hear a lot of stories talking about doing heroine, cocaine, and not doing much more than we are, so we are taking it one day at a time, feeling good about leaving the punk ass pain meds in the past, and making progress one step at a time feels amazing!.

    i hope all is well for the people trying to beat the withdrawals, and pain.! Remember its all in your head, if you have a bad attitude and mentality you will most likely have a harder time getting help, bad attitudes= scared to let out the truth. If you have an addiction hell with what people think, or say about you. In the end you gotta do you as a person. (once your a happy person, you will notice people around much happier also) Thanks. Brian and Theresa

  4. Addict

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  5. Addict

    Question: Is Sub OK too use when going threw Methadone withdrawal? Like for a limited time? I am on 28 mil of med. Scared too death of the pending withdrawal. Also have not used any/nothing no illegal drugs for 7 years now. Besides or being on MM. I am looking too maybe go from M to B. Any thoughts?

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