What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat symptoms associated with an opiate addiction. Suboxone is a partial opiate agonist, which means it contains a controlled amount of opiates to help ease painful withdrawal symptoms associated with long term opiate abuse. Suboxone, also known as Subutex, contains buprenorphine and naxalone which works to block any existing opiates that may be in your body. Suboxone treatment is often administered in an controlled outpatient setting and is usually combined with other effective treatment methods such as behavioral therapy and addiction counseling. Suboxone can only be prescribed by a doctor who is legally authorized by the SAHHSA to administer suboxone.
Opiate Addictions and Suboxone
While suboxone is widely used for the treatment of heroin addictions, they are just as effective for addictions to opiate based prescription drugs like Oxycontin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, percocet, Vicodin and morphine. Many people may not realize but powerful pain relieving prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, and Vicodin can be just as addictive as powerful drugs like heroin and cocaine, and can cause physical and psychological dependence after long term use. Suboxone treatments are an effective solution for any opiate based prescription drug addiction and have helped many patients weather the storm during tough opiate withdrawal episodes.
Suboxone Only Treats Opiate Based Addictions
Suboxone is only effective on opiate based drugs, and is not effective for addictions to cocaine, crystal meth, marijuana, or other non-opiate based prescription pills. Suboxone combined with any of these other drugs can be very dangerous, especially when combined with methamphetamines. Mixing Suboxone with cocaine can put a large stress on the body and can increase the risk of sudden heart failure. There also have been several documented deaths due to combining suboxone with other stimulants such as alcohol, xanax, valium, ambien, ect.
Suboxone is a powerful drug and should only be taking under the supervision of a licensed medical professional.