Suboxone is a medication that contains two drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone. This medication belongs to the opioid classification. This medication is commonly used to treat addiction to opiates, such as heroin. However, it can cause dependency and suboxone withdrawals.
Suboxone works by binding to the same receptors in the brain that opioids bind to. This reduces the pain and discomfort associated with withdrawals, but Suboxone withdrawals can occur as well.
Taking this medication while drinking alcohol can lead to very serious side effects, including death. A person should never mix alcohol with this drug. The medication can also adversely interact with sedatives, such as lorazepam, alprazolam, diazepam, Valium and Xanax.
Although this medication is an opiate, it is less commonly associated with addiction as other medications, such as Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin. However, Suboxone addiction can occur, and it can cause symptoms such as lack of interest in activities a person once enjoyed, lying, stealing money or prescription medications, problems sleeping and "doctor shopping".
This drug is available in pill form and dissolved by placing it under your tongue and allowing it to dissolve. The medication is a long-acting one, and it is typically taken every other day.
Doctors typically prescribe Suboxone only for the detoxification process associated with opiate withdrawal. After the withdrawal period has concluded, a doctor will re-evaluate a person's need to continue taking the medication.
Although Suboxone is considered a medication for substance abuse withdrawal, people do take it recreationally. A person will typically only take the medication if he or she does not have access to other, stronger medications.
Taking this drug can cause withdrawal effects that include nausea, vomiting, sweating, depression, and erratic moods. The medication also can depress the respiratory system, which can cause a person to stop breathing. Additional withdrawal symptoms include drug cravings, headache, difficulty concentrating and muscle/body aches.
Treatments are available for Suboxone withdrawals and include slowly tapering off the drug to help reduce a person's cravings and help him or her progress to an addiction-free lifestyle.
The fact that this drug can be addictive or misused in some people should not take away from its value as a withdrawal medication. When administered and prescribed carefully, Suboxone can help a person successfully quit taking a medication.
Anytime a person develops an addiction to the substance, he or she is not only physically addicted, but also mentally addicted. To break the addiction cycle, a person not only withdraws from Suboxone, but also must address the mental cycles of abuse. Techniques include psychiatric therapy through counseling and cognitive-behavioral treatments. Examples of these treatments include helping a person identify the underlying motivations for abusing Suboxone and techniques to recognize the possibility that a person may be contemplating relapsing by taking the medication again.
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