What is Suboxone?
The Most Common Form of Buprenorphine
Suboxone is an opioid antagonist and the most popular form of the widely utilized generic drug buprenorphine. It is a particularly useful drug because it is able to not only curb opioid cravings, but prevent the user from being able to feel the effects of the drugs. The most useful function of the drug is its ability to reverse the effects of an overdose. The active ingredient, naloxone, is quickly becoming standard issue for paramedics and EMTs across the country because of this. It is administered in various doses sublingually.
Suboxone can be a beneficial and practical option for those wanting to stay clean from opioids because it:
- Eliminates cravings for opioids such as heroin or prescription painkillers
- Blocks opioid receptors, preventing users from being able to get high
- Is less likely to become habit forming
- Is covered by insurance benefits
How Does Suboxone Work?
Long-Term Management of Opioid Addiction
Suboxone operates as an opioid antagonist, binding to the brain’s opioid receptors and preventing the stimulation of the reward system from responding to opioids. This causes patients to be unable to feel the euphoric effects of any opioids, eliminating any incentive to attempt to get high. Suboxone has only been shown to be effective in treating opioid dependence with no evidence showing that it may help with addictions to other drugs. It is the most commonly prescribed drug in detox centers because of its ability to reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms.