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What are Suboxone and Subutex?

December 5, 2012 by  
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Suboxone and Subutex

What are Suboxone and Subutex?

Both suboxone and subutex are medications used in the treatment of opiate addiction. Both suboxone and subutex contain the active ingredient, buprenorphine hydrochloride. Buprenorphine hydrochloride works to reduce the symptoms of opiate dependence and helps with the withdrawal symptoms of opiate addiction during an opiate detox.

Subutex came before suboxone. Subutex contains only buprenorphine hydrochloride. Subutex was developed as the initial product to help with opiate addiction until suboxone came along. Suboxone contains buprenorphine hydrochloride just like subutex does but with an additional ingredient called naloxone. Naloxone in suboxone blocks against the misuse of the drug.

Suboxone and subutex both cone in pill form and more recently suboxone can come in a dissolving sheet meant to be taken orally. Both suboxone and subutex are meant to be taken orally. They dissolve in the mouth and come in 2-8mg.

How are suboxone and subutex used?

Subutex is usually given for the first few days of opiate detox while suboxone is used more as a maintenance drug after the initial few days of opiate detox are complete. Suboxone and subutex can be prescribed in a doctor’s office although most doctors will prescribe suboxone because its maintenance possibilities and also because of the naloxone within it which blocks users from being able to use it in a manner other than prescribed.

Only qualified doctors are allowed to prescribe suboxone and subutex and these doctors go through the necessary identification with the DEA or drug enforcement agency in order to start an in-office treatment and provide prescriptions for those with an opiate addiction. The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment maintains a database of all facilities that offer suboxone and subutex to help patients find the qualified doctors.

Suboxone and subutex are both available in most pharmacies. Doctors with the necessary identification numbers will help patients find local pharmacies that can fill the prescriptions for them because it is normal for a pharmacy not to carry suboxone or subutex unless there are patients with a need for it.

Can suboxone and subutex be misused?

Subutex is a great drug for opiate addiction and opiate detox but it can be misused. Addicts can choose to shoot up subutex, snort it, or even take more of it than prescribed and get the same high as they would if they did heroin. This is why suboxone came along after subutex to make sure that with the naloxone within it, that addicts would not be able to shoot it, snort it, or take too much of it. If an addict tries to shoot up, snort or use suboxone in any manner other than prescribed the naloxone than becomes active and the addict will not feel the effects of the medication. This deters many addicts from just continuing on in opiate addicted behavior.

What are the symptoms of suboxone and subutex?

The symptoms of suboxone and subutex are very similar. The most common reported side effects of suboxone and subutex are:

  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings

Just like any other opiate, suboxone and subutex have also been associated with respiratory depression or difficulty breathing when combined with other respiratory depressants.

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