Subutex is used to treat opioid addiction, but has the potential for abuse. If you or a loved one is struggling with Subutex contact us for help.
While developed as an early-stage remedy for opioid withdrawal, Subutex is also sometimes targeted as a substance of abuse and addiction. Do you suspect that you or your loved one have problems related to this medication? If so, the information in this brief guide can help you find the most efficient path to effective treatment and eventual recovery.
Subutex1 contains the active ingredient buprenorphine, a medication designed to help you recover from opioid addiction or overlapping symptoms of addiction and non-addicted opioid abuse. However, while weaker than substances such as fentanyl, heroin and oxycodone, buprenorphine is also an opioid. This means that the medication itself can trigger addiction if you use it too often and/or take in excessive amounts. In the U.S., doctors treat all forms of opioid-related abuse and addiction as aspects of a single condition known as opioid use disorder2.
Opioid use disorder related to the misuse of Subutex produces symptoms that include:
You may also notice other signs of problems in suspected cases of Subutex misuse. Examples of likely changes include3:
As a rule, doctors only prescribe Subutex during initial stages of opioid withdrawal. In this context, it helps prevent the onset of strong withdrawal symptoms. Later, doctors switch to another medication, Suboxone, which combines buprenorphine with an anti-opioid medication called naloxone. When given in proper amounts to a person used to taking stronger opioids, Subutex doesn’t provide enough of an effect to support ongoing addiction. However, the medication can trigger addiction in people who have no history of opioid use. Inexperienced users are also at-risk for a potentially fatal opioid overdose.
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