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Buprenorphine, just like other prescription medications, is a helpful drug with plenty of benefits—but it is dangerous when misused. And so the general rule is to always follow your doctor’s prescription. But on this article we will go into detail about how you should take buprenorphine. This includes some of the things you should know about the substance.
Buprenorphine: What is it?
Let’s start with the basic information. What is buprenorphine? This is a pain medication used in the treatment of opioid withdrawal. It helps patients who are trying to quit their use of addictive substances. Interestingly, buprenorphine itself is an opioid. The difference is that it has a much lower risk of getting you high, or worse, addicted.
This drug is often used as a part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program. It should not be abused, however, because just like any other opioid, the risk of addiction is still there. It’s a much smaller risk, but it’s possible. You can still get high on this substance if you take large enough doses.
Possible signs of allergic reaction include hives, breathing difficulties, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat. Serious side effects may include shallow breathing, fainting, confusion, nausea, stomach pain, and itching.
There are also a few side effects that are less serious, but the risk of encountering them increases the more you abuse the medication. Headaches, vomiting, chills, back pain, anxiety, and insomnia are common side effects.
Contact your doctor if someone taking buprenorphine experiences any of these side effects. Do take note that this is not a complete list of possible side effects.
How to take it?
Your doctor will prescribe the right amount of buprenorphine for you. Take it according to the proper schedule and dosage provided. Usually, buprenorphine is administered during inpatient treatment to help fight off the effects of withdrawal, so your doctors may be in charge of giving you the right dosage.
In any case, you should still know how to take buprenorphine properly.
Never crush a tablet or other pill to mix into a liquid. Never dilute it and inject it into your bloodstream. Recreational drug users do this to experience a much more intense high. But this is also very dangerous as it can easily cause adverse health effects. This practice has resulted in death with the misuse of buprenorphine and similar prescription drugs.
Do not drink alcohol. It increases some of the side effects of buprenorphine. Do not take larger doses than you are supposed to, and do not take it more often than is advised.
Using too much of this medication can lead to addiction, and even physical dependence. Taking it along with alcohol can lead to death.
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If someone you care about has been taking buprenorphine for a while, they should not stop taking it abruptly. This will lead to withdrawal. It’s ironic that a drug that’s meant to manage opioid withdrawal is also an opioid that can cause withdrawal if misused. But that’s how it works. It occupies the same receptors that opioids attach to. That’s how it provides its benefit in the long term.
Taken properly, it can help addicted individuals become sober again.
Communication with your physician is important. Look for an addiction treatment facility near you today!