What is Subutex?
Subutex is the brand name for Buprenorphine, a schedule III substance, approved in 2000 to be prescribed by certified physicians for treatment of opioid addiction. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency ( DEA ), physicians wrote 3 million prescriptions for buprenorphine-based drugs, such as Suboxone and Subutex in 2012.
While some drug treatment professionals found Subutex to be relatively effective in controlling opioid addiction, there was still a high tendency for abuse and continuous opioid dependence. Many drug abusers sought to use the drug intravenously in order to obtain the same euphoria they have previously experienced with heroin or opioid painkillers. Hence, the need to develop Suboxone.
What is the difference between Subutex and Suboxone?
Suboxone contains a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone, whereas Subutex contains only Buprenorphine. Naloxone is considered an opioid antagonist, meaning it fills the receptor sites without activating them or causing physical dependence. The main difference in the effectiveness of both drugs in the treatment of opioid addiction is the potential for abuse. Due to the presence of Naloxone, individuals are less likely to abuse Suboxone.
Despite its intent to be used as a treatment for opioid addiction, Subutex and Suboxone can be very addictive and produce similar withdrawal effects to other opioids. Symptoms of Subutex ( Buprenorphine) withdrawal can vary in severity and duration based on a number of different factors. These factors include the length of use of the drug, dosage, the health status of the patient, emotional stability and much more.
Subutex Withdrawal – Symptoms and Timeline
Cold-turkey Subutex withdrawal can last for a month and symptoms can include:
- Anxiety, depression, and irritability
- Nausea and vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, chills, and tremors.
- Muscle Aches
- Insomnia or drowsiness
Most physical withdrawal symptoms will subside after 3 to 4 weeks, but some intense cravings may remain.
Physical withdrawal symptoms are usually the worst in the first week, after the discontinuation of Buprenorphine-based drugs. However, unlike other shorter-acting opioids, Subutex withdrawal can remain intense for over three weeks, which adds to the possibility of an immediate relapse. If the individual succeeds to overcome the physical distress in the first few weeks, they will likely still be experiencing depression or intense cravings.
Withdrawal timeline could be as follow:
- 1st week – Physical symptoms at its worst: Sweating, shaking, nausea, vomiting, restless-legs syndrome, muscle and bone pain, etc.
- 2nd and 3rd week – Remaining physical symptoms, insomnia, anxiety, hypertension, and irritability.
- 4th week – Intense cravings, lack of energy and depression.
Due to this prolonged withdrawal syndrome phase, it is important for those who would like to stop Subutex or any other buprenorphine based drug to contact a medical professional.
Remember, getting through the actual detox phase is the most crucial step towards recovery, regardless of what after-care you may choose. Without an adequate detox, program, you will never be free of opioid dependence. Moreover, the best advice you can receive is to seek professional medical assistance throughout this challenging phase. Don’t suffer alone; there is an effective solution to Subutex addiction.
Choosing the Best Subutex Detox
Detoxing from Buprenorphine can cause extreme fear and keep individuals from seeking the help they need. Inpatient medically-supervised detox programs are often the most comfortable and safe option.
Waismann Institute® and Domus Retreat® have succeeded to maintain one of the highest success rates of any existing Subutex Detox available. Our quadruple board-certified medical director performs our Subutex Detoxification procedures in a full service accredited hospital; where patients receive effective results, superior medical care, private rooms, and an array of specialists. Thousands of patients from around the world have traveled to our center due to our superior safety protocol and unparalleled reputation. Patients from 18 to 82 years of age have achieved full success.
Withdrawal may be a painful and scary process to endure, but like most things in life, it is temporary. If it is handled with responsibility and knowledge, it can be successfully overcome. Exclusively located in So. California, Waismann Method ® is a private and safe answer to ending your Subutex dependence.