Opiate addiction is a serious condition that requires a professional medical detox. Suboxone is the brand name for buprenorphine and naloxone, used to treat addiction to opiates including heroin and morphine. Suboxone may lead to addiction also, as buprenorphine is an opioid medication. Naloxone is an opiate blocker that helps prevent misuse.
The sublingual tablets should be taken exactly as prescribed. Doing otherwise could lead to dependence and addiction. Suboxone is considered a Schedule III narcotic in the U.S. This federal classification is based on factors including its potential to be habit-forming and its acceptable medical use. A physical Suboxone addiction is characterized by the onset of withdrawal symptoms once use is abruptly stopped or tapered.
The withdrawal associated with the drug is considered to be moderate. Withdrawal symptoms have also been reported in infants of pregnant women who were on Suboxone therapy during pregnancy. It is only recommended for pregnant women if a doctor determines the benefits outweigh the risks.
Suboxone Warnings and Commonly Reported Withdrawal Symptoms
Misusing Suboxone can produce addiction, overdose and severe withdrawal symptoms. This includes injecting or shooting up the drug. Patients taking this drug should follow their doctors’ advice on how and when to take it. Consuming Suboxone soon after using opiates including heroin, methadone and morphine can trigger withdrawal. Opiate withdrawal symptoms include drug cravings, insomnia, mood changes, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, muscle and bone pain, irritability, chills, sweating and shakiness. Suboxone can be useful in the management of drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms from other opiates but can also require patients to undergo a second detox.
According to Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc., manufacturer of Suboxone, additional warnings and precautions include:
- Serious life-threatening breathing problems, overdose and death can occur, particularly when taken via intravenous (IV) route, combined with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system depressants.
- Suboxone should not be taken with alcohol as it can lead to loss of consciousness and even death.
- Opioid-type physical dependence may be produced by chronic administration. Rapid dose taper or abrupt discontinuation may result in opioid withdrawal syndrome.
- Suboxone sublingual film as an analgesic is not appropriate. Deaths have been reported of opioid naive individuals who received a 2mg sublingual dose.
Suboxone Adverse Reactions
According to the FDA, during clinical trials and post-marketing experience, adverse events commonly observed with the of the Suboxone sublingual tablets include the following:
- signs and symptoms of withdrawal
- peripheral edema
Additional warnings and precautions by the FDA:
- Store away and out of sight from children. Accidental ingestion can cause severe, possibly fatal, respiratory depression in children.
- Neonatal withdrawal has been reported following use by the mother during pregnancy.
Waismann Method Offers Safe, Humane and Opiate-Free Suboxone Detox
The Waismann Method of rapid detox offers a safe, compassionate Suboxone detox that doesn’t rely on opiate replacement therapy. Patients in our renowned program first undergo an exhaustive batch of diagnostic medical tests. Special intravenous medications are then used to cleanse the opiates from patients’ opiate receptors. This occurs in a hospital while patients sleep lightly under deep sedation for a short time. They awake unaware of the accelerated withdrawal symptoms that occurred while they were under. We have been successfully treating opiate addiction for over a decade in the U.S., using a scientific and humane approach. The accelerated procedure eliminates the physical drug addiction within days as compared to other detox programs which can require a stay of 30 to 90 days.
Waismann’s Domus Retreat Offers Positive Approach to Suboxone Addiction
Patients can choose to move into our continued recovery program at the Domus Retreat aftercare facility. Here, patients are encouraged, supported and pampered during the length of their stay. The Waismann and Domus programs emphasize a positive approach to addiction treatment. We never use shame, guilt or blame during your stay. The Domus Retreat offers a spa-like, serene atmosphere where guests can work on their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Suboxone addiction doesn’t have to further complicate your life. The Waismann and Domus experts can help you sort through the complications of addiction and recovery.