Buprenorphine is a powerful tool against heroin and opioid abuse. Commonly sold under the brand names Suboxone® and Subutex®, buprenorphine works by blocking opioid withdrawal symptoms and reducing intense cravings. It is an ongoing form of medication-assisted therapy (MAT) and has proven effective in the clinical treatment landscape. It is the first opioid treatment drug to be dispensed in physicians’ offices, significantly increasing access to those that need it. Unfortunately, however, buprenorphine-based drugs have become addiction threats by themselves, with so many former opiate clients getting hooked after a prolonged course of therapy. Now more and more clients are finding themselves in need of buprenorphine detox.
Although the Suboxone and other types of generic buprenorphine are a powerful tool against opioid use disorder, there is a documented and proven potential for diversion or abuse. Buprenorphine is the first medication to treat opioid dependency that is permitted to be prescribed or dispensed in physician offices, significantly increasing treatment access, and subsequent risk of abuse. Although buprenorphine has certain pharmacological properties that diminish the biological risk of dependency, increased access can create a higher potential for diversion.
Because of buprenorphine’s opioid effects, it can be misused, particularly by people who do not have an opioid dependency. Naloxone is added to buprenorphine in Suboxone to decrease the likelihood of diversion and misuse of the combination drug product. When these products are taken as sublingual tablets, buprenorphine’s opioid effects dominate and naloxone blocks opioid withdrawals. If the sublingual tablets are crushed and injected, however, the naloxone effect dominates and can bring on opioid withdrawals.
Recovery Unplugged is acutely aware of the risks associated with buprenorphine misuse, and have helped clients all over the country overcome their dependency. We are a trusted and reputable provider of Suboxone treatment in Florida and Texas, and we offer experienced and qualified medical care to help those who have become ensnared by abuse of this drug. Recovery Unplugged offers Suboxone and buprenorphine detox at multiple locations across the country, including Lake Worth, FL and Austin, TX.
Buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms are typically at their worst three days after the cessation of use. After one week, clients often still experience body aches and pains, as well as trouble sleeping and erratic changes in behavior. After two weeks, they experience lingering depression and melancholy and cravings can persist for well over a month. A professional course of medically supervised buprenorphine detox can provide significant withdrawal symptom relief, as well as a safe and secure environment in which to heal. The withdrawal period for buprenorphine is usually divided into three separate phases: early, acute and protracted, acute being the worst and most severe stage.
Buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms actually tend to mimic those of heroin and prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. While each patient’s withdrawal period will be different based on their substance abuse history, some of the primary buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms include:
Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
Moderate to severe muscle and joint pain
Indigestion and other intestinal distress
Anxiety, depression and irritability
Other more serious effects may include fluctuations in body temperature, fever and flu-like symptoms, fatigue and lack of energy, headache and more. If you or a loved one is currently taking buprenorphine as part of an ongoing treatment program, consult your prescribing physician immediately so they can adjust your dosage accordingly. Do not stop taking buprenorphine without first consulting your prescribing medical professional.
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