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Buprenorphine Addiction Treatment

What is Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid partial agonist. It was first marketed in the 1980s as a pain reliever. Suboxone and Subutex are two of the brand names for buprenorphine medications for opioid addiction. Indeed, Buprenorphine addiction is increasingly becoming an issue for many. Furthermore, physicians most commonly prescribe Suboxone, which contains buprenorphine and naloxone, an opiate antagonist meant to deter the tablets’ abuse.

Medical professionals prescribe Suboxone and Subutex to treat addiction to opiates, including heroinmorphineoxycodonehydrocodonefentanyl, and oxymorphone. In general, this drug is called replacement or maintenance therapy. Buprenorphine works by attaching to the receptors in the brain and nervous system. However, medications containing buprenorphine can also lead to physical dependence, psychological dependence, and addiction. For example, FDA approved Buprenorphine products:

  • Bunavail (buprenorphine & naloxone) buccal film
  • Suboxone Film (buprenorphine & naloxone)
  • Zubsolv (buprenorphine & naloxone) sublingual tablets

How Severe is a Buprenorphine Withdrawal?

Using an opiate to treat an opiate addiction may work for some but is not effective for everyone. Besides, detoxing from narcotics can cause extreme anxiety and withdrawal symptoms if not approached correctly. In particular, withdrawal symptoms will occur if the drug is stopped abruptly. Generally, withdrawal symptoms could include anxiety, diarrhea, fever, sneezing, runny nose, goosebumps, abnormal skin sensations, vomiting, nausea, pain, rigid muscles, rapid heartbeat, shivering, tremors, sweating, and insomnia. Some have even reported seeing, hearing, and feeling things that were not there.

Unfortunately, despite all the efforts to sell buprenorphine as a miracle addiction treatment and even under the most controlled circumstances, this drug can be habit-forming.

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Signs of Buprenorphine Addiction

Buprenorphine is a drug typically used to help opioid-dependent patients avoid the painful withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting their opiate choice. However, Buprenorphine addiction is also a very genuine issue that has become evident. For instance, Buprenorphine based medication can prolong the opioid dependence for those already struggling with addiction and create a brand new drug problem. Just like any other opioid addiction, buprenorphine requires professional help to overcome.

Buprenorphine addiction can be a progressive condition that can lead to serious health problems. The most visible sign of dependence is withdrawal upon the cessation of use. Furthermore, signs of addiction include compulsive control over drug use and intense cravings, which leads to continued use, despite adverse outcomes.  Also, misusing or abusing drugs containing buprenorphine can be extremely dangerous and lead to overdose or death. Typical drug-seeking behaviors that may indicate addiction include breaking the law to obtain the drug. In fact, this behavior can mean “doctor shopping” to try and secure more than one prescription, falsification of prescriptions, and buying it on the black market.

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