Suboxone is a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine. It’s used to manage opioid misuse and addiction. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist; it works to reduce the effects of opioid withdrawal. Naloxone prevents opioid overdose and also prevents most opioids from delivering a euphoric effect, which generally prevents the user from administering the opioid. Its available as a sublingual film and has a rather nice lemon taste. It is also available as a tablet, and both are interchangeable. It typically comes in 2 mg and 8 mg forms.
Signs and Symptoms of Abuse
Suboxone is used in opioid addiction treatment, so its rare that Suboxone addiction occurs. Consequently, the signs and symptoms of Suboxone treatment are more about the usual side effects of regular use.
As with Subutex, Suboxone contains buprenorphine, and its very hard to overdose on this particular drug. The ceiling seems to max out at around 32 mg, which means that higher doses wont produce measurable effects, making the drug safer to use. The addition of naloxone ensures that the effects of other opiates and opioids are blocked, although this is a bit redundant as buprenorphine has a much higher affinity for the opioid receptors than naloxone. It also makes the drug pointless to inject, thereby reducing Suboxone abuse. There is no typical treatment length as it depends on the addicts situation.
However, just because it cannot be abused by injection doesn’t mean its completely free of abuse potential. Suboxone can still be taken without a prescription, which is illegal, and a higher dose than prescribed can still be used. It can also be mixed with other drugs, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines, to give a more intense high.
Generally, signs of this sort of abuse involve random packages appearing at one’s home or work, faster than expected use of the drug, unusual behavior, and similar issues. Generally, benzodiazepines should not be prescribed with anything containing buprenorphine. In addition, benzodiazepines have a high potential for abuse, so if they are prescribed, the prescribing doctor must watch out for signs of addiction to these drugs as well as the initial addiction that led to the prescription of the Suboxone. If you are struggling with an addiction and are interested in Suboxone or have began abusing Suboxone, please call our Suboxone hotline phone number.
Suboxone Abuse Effects
As Suboxone is relatively hard to abuse when its prescribed, there are few major effects of Suboxone use. Naturally, you’ve got the standard side effects, including irritability, issues with sleeping, constipation, and jitteriness, but you’ve also got the usual problems with flu-like symptoms when withdrawing. You don’t get the big dilated pupils often associated with opioids, and most people can function fairly well on the drug.
Thats not to say there are no consequences for being on Suboxone. If you’re driving and end up causing a crash, you can be prosecuted for driving under the influence of drugs. In addition, you might find that your workplace may require you to declare that you’re on opiates or opioids when working. There are a number of tests that will detect Suboxone, although they’re not typically present in standard five-panel or nine-panel drug tests.
Financially, Suboxone abuse can be expensive. Its around three times more expensive than methadone, which is one of the drugs of choice for combatting opioid addiction.
Treatment for Suboxone Abuse
Suboxone is designed to help with addiction and treatment, but it can still be abused. If you think that a loved one or that you may be addicted to Suboxone, you can seek out treatment.
Suboxone rehab doesn’t have to be expensive. Indeed, some insurance companies will pay for it, and there are a number of programs that can help you to pay for it. If you have questions about Suboxone rehab, call our toll free, Suboxone helpline phone number today.
Suboxone treatment is significantly better than going cold turkey — 1-year rates of relapse are estimated to be around 40 to 60 percent. In addition, Suboxone does not have a nasty taste; around 71 percent of those taking the Suboxone film rated the taste as favorable or neutral.