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Suboxone can be addictive when misused. Not only that, it can slow or stop your breathing. It is not advisable to take larger doses than what is prescribed by your doctor.
So judging by how dangerous this drug seems to be, and how careful we should be when taking it, why is it still being prescribed anyway? What is it for? And is it worth the risk?
The answer is yes: the drug is beneficial when taken the right way. And there’s no reason for you to misuse it in the first place—and on this article we are going to discuss why. Although it has its warnings and contraindications, let’s consider the fact that all drugs are dangerous when misused.
Suboxone is no different. Let’s take a closer look at what this substance is used for, and everything else you need to know about it.
Suboxone: What is it?
Suboxone is a combination drug that is made of buprenorphine and naloxone.
Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist, meaning it can help relieve the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. On the other hand we have naloxone, which belongs in the category of drugs that are called opioid antagonists. This means it can help reverse the effects of narcotics (opiates and opioids).
As a prescription medication, suboxone combines the benefits of these two substances. You can tell from that alone that this drug is not supposed to be abused as it has the potency of two different drugs. But now we’re going to talk about its medical uses.
What is it used for?
Combining the medical uses of buprenorphine and naloxone, suboxone is used for patients who are struggling with opioid addiction. It is often used as part of a treatment program—particularly the medical detox part
An addicted individual cannot just quit a drug abruptly, especially if they’ve been using it for a very long time. Not only will they experience intense cravings, but they are also likely to go through withdrawal. In some cases, withdrawal can be fatal because the addicted person’s body has already become dependent on the abused substance.
Withdrawal symptoms, if not life-threatening, can cause severe distress. It will only cause the person to relapse. That is why people who abuse substances are likely to try and quit only to fail repeatedly.
Substances like suboxone can help these individuals by blocking the effects of narcotics. Medical detox often involves slowly lowering a person’s intake so that their withdrawal symptoms become easier to manage.
Drugs like suboxone can help change their lifestyle by introducing small changes in the way they react to the opioids. This medication works best when used in conjunction with other treatment methods such as counseling and behavioral therapy.
While suboxone helps the person recover physically, behavioral therapy can help them recover from the emotional, mental, and social damage caused by addiction.
Naloxone helps block the effects of opioid medications, meaning the person will be more likely to resist its euphoric high. By teaching them ways to manage their cravings, the patient can slowly get sober again.
Suboxone is not meant to be used as a pain medication.
Ironically, this substance itself can be abused. Suboxone may be habit-forming. And like we mentioned earlier, abusing it can be dangerous. In fact, it can be just as dangerous as opioid addiction.
If your doctor prescribes suboxone, chances are you are already suffering from an addiction. Do not replace one addiction with another. Do not take larger doses of this drug, even when you accidentally skipped a dose. Do not take it more often than you are supposed to.
Also, do not share suboxone with another person, especially if they have a history of drug abuse or addiction.
Selling and/or giving suboxone away is illegal, and it is also dangerous for the other party. When taking this substance, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
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Suboxone can cause tolerance, dependence, and addiction. This means you can experience withdrawal from this drug. Suboxone also causes plenty of side effects when misused. Some can be mild, while some are severe.
Common side effects include headache, stomach pain, constipation, vomiting, insomnia, rashes, hives, respiratory depression, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. Symptoms of a suboxone overdose include anxiety, slow heartbeat, and seizures. In case of a seizure, contact a poison control center or emergency room right away.
If you know someone who is addicted to suboxone or opioids, remember that it is possible for them to get better with drug recovery programs.
Look for an addiction treatment facility near you today!