Do you or someone you care about suffer from opioid dependence?
Opioid dependence is a medical condition characterized by addiction to an opioid substance like morphine, heroin, codeine, or oxycodone. It is a form of substance abuse, but one which can have debilitating physiological and emotional side effects.
Sometimes quitting a drug is easier said than done. Even someone who truly wants to end his or her addiction may need help to combat the crippling effects of withdrawal, which can include weakness, flu-like symptoms, vomiting, chills, cramps, tremors, insomnia, nausea, malaise, depression and more.
What is Buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is a drug which is itself an opioid medication, but may be a promising bridge to help patients with opioid dependence to withdraw in more gradual stages from their addiction.
Buprenorphine creates less of a “high” and is less addicting than other opioids. It can form an intermediary stage between opioid dependence and complete withdrawal.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is one of the only FDA approved medications containing Buprenorphine. Along with Buprenorphine, Suboxone contains Naloxene, which blocks the effects of injected opioids (not the Buprenorphine, which is taken under the tongue). There are three phases to Buprenorphine addiction therapy.
In the Induction Phase, the first dose is administered. During the Stabilization Phase, cravings for opioids are gradually reduced until the patient has stopped taking them.
Withdrawal side effects are diminishing during this phase as well. The Maintenance Phase is the final phase of detoxification where the patient reduces the Buprenorphine dosage and eventually ceases all opioid use.