Suboxone ® is a medication approved for the treatment of opiate dependence. It contains both a partial antagonist and agonist, therefore making the patient prone to physical dependence. Suboxone ® contains both buprenorphine hydrochloride, which works to reduce the symptoms of opiate dependence and naloxone, to guard against misuse. Come in both 2 and 8 mg. tablets that are taken sublingually (under the tongue).The drug can cause drug dependence that eventually will require a detox. This means that you can get opioid withdrawal symptoms if you stop using this drug too quickly. Suboxone ® is not for occasional (“as needed”) use, because it contains a narcotic painkiller that can be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines or street drugs.
Suboxone is used in the management of addiction or a substitute to other opiates including heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and fentanyl. It was approved in October 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an opiate treatment option. It is four parts buprenorphine and one part naloxone; an opioid antagonist that deters abuse of tablets by crushing, dissolving and intravenous injection. It is marketed in strengths of 2 mg and 8 mg and comes in an orange color and flavor. Buprenorphine is said to be 25 to 40 times as potent as morphine, and works by attaching to receptors in the brain and nervous system.
The use of methadone to treat opiate addiction has been standard in the past, but the number of prescriptions for Suboxone in in-patient rehab settings is rising steadily. The problem with treating an opiate addiction with an opiate substitute, is that patients must then be weaned from the replacement drug.
Suboxone Warnings and Risks
One of the primary negative side effects this drug can have, is respiratory suppression (a common opiate effect). An accidental ingestion of Suboxone can be fatal to a child or even a fetus as a pregnant woman passes along Suboxone to her unborn child. It is not known whether it could harm an unborn child. Nursing mothers should be aware the drug is being transferred to her baby in her breast milk. It can also make it dangerous for a person to drive a car or operate hazardous machinery because it causes drowsiness and slowed reaction times.
The potential for abuse exists but withdrawal is said to be milder with Suboxone when compared to stronger opiates. Chronic administration produces opioid-type physical dependence. If a user suddenly stops taking the drug opioid withdrawal symptoms can set in, so doctors try to gradually lower doses to prevent these symptoms.
Suboxone Side Effects and Potential Problems
The U.S. FDA lists the most common side effects:
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- Sleep problems
- Mood swings
It can also cause breathing problems, especially in those who combine Suboxone with other depressants.
It is dangerous – potentially fatal- to mix Suboxone with drugs like benzodiazepines, alcohol, sleeping pills, antidepressants or other opiates. Mixing pills can lead to sedation, drowsiness, unconsciousness and death.
When used recreationally by addicts, it can cause feelings of euphoria and increased verbal communication.
For a more detailed list of adverse effects & withdrawal symptoms, visit our Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms page.
All Opiates Have an Addictive Nature:
Because of the addictive nature of opiates including Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Fentanyl, Methadone and OxyContin , extreme care should be taken when prescribed. Unfortunately, the illicit drug trade and black market for such products makes them all the more dangerous.
Using an opiate to treat an opiate addiction may work for some, but is not effective for everyone. Detoxing from narcotics can cause extreme anxiety and withdrawal symptoms if not approached properly. Medically supervised detox programs are often recommended to help wean users from dangerous opiates.
Waismann Suboxone Rapid Detox
We are now seeing more and more patients seeking Suboxone Rapid Detox with the Waismann to free themselves from their opiate addiction for good. It is true that a some people can detox off of Suboxone successfully, but that is true with any opiate and it seems to be very difficult for most . Patients who attempt to wean off of Suboxone, usually have considerable withdrawal symptoms for almost a month. Many people end up relapsing, because they simply do not have proper clinical support needed. What they need is a medical detox program to help them fully detox off this maintenance drug. Waismann Method and Domus Retreat is the first combined treatment center to specifically detox and treat opiate addiction.
Fortunately, the Waismann Method Medical Group offers an effective, quick and comfortable Suboxone Rapid Detox .Our Accelerated Detox program detoxify patients off even large doses, usually within a week. Following detoxification the 2 to 3 days hospital stay, patients recover for a few days in our exclusive Domus Retreat.
We created this exclusive medically assisted program, to help those people whose previous treatment has not given them a fair opportunity to truly be opiate free. Patients are usually admitted for as short a period as 5 days or as long as 10 days for larger doses or other pre-existing issues.. If they choose to remain longer Domus Retreat offers extended programs on a weekly basis.
If you have any more questions about the Suboxone Rapid Detox program, please contact our admissions department at 310-205-0808
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