What is Suboxone used for

Buprenorphine , the generic name for Suboxone, was approved in the United States in 2002 for opiate addiction treatment. It was developed years ago as a pain reliever. Suboxone  Zublv and Bunavail are trade names for buprenorphine. It was later used in Europe as a substance to help people with opiate addiction ( hydrocodone, oxymorphone, heroin, opium and many others with their trade names such as Vicodin).

Opiates attach to “opiate receptors” in the brain, this helps relieve pain, relax people and for some, it energizes them. Other people will feel drowsy. For some an opiate will make them feel a sense of wellbeing and euphoria.

The benefit of buprenorphine is that it does not hit all of your opiate receptors but just enough of them so that you do not crave opiates and you do not have withdrawal symptoms after the first 24 hours.  

Other benefits are that you can get it from an office based doctor instead of having to go to a Methadone clinic. Methadone is the only other substance that can replace an opiate that has a high success rate in curbing abuse. Naltrexone can also be used but seems not to be as effective as other medications.


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