Suboxone is the brand name for a prescription medication used in treating those addicted to opioids, illegal or prescription. It contains the ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. Together, these drugs work to prevent withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid addiction. People who are undergoing treatment for opioid addiction usually take Suboxone to manage withdrawal while they detox from opioids.
Afterward, they often continue to use the medication to control cravings and withdrawal while they progress through therapy and rehab. Suboxone is not meant to be a cure for opioid addiction, but rather a helpful part of the recovery process. In the United States, Suboxone is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance, a drug that has medical value yet also carries moderate risks for addiction. As a result, only doctors who receive certification from the Department of Health and Human Services may prescribe Suboxone. The medication is manufactured as dissolvable films and tablets.
What Are the Side Effects and Risks of Suboxone?
Like most medications, Suboxone can cause a variety of side effects. Most side effects are not life-threatening and usually subside within several days. The most common side effects of Suboxone include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, fatigue, fever, headaches, insomnia, muscle pain, nausea, and sweating. Suboxone does pose a risk for more serious side effects, especially when people who are taking Suboxone also drink alcohol or use Benzodiazepines. For instance, Suboxone can provoke an allergic reaction characterized by swelling in the throat and difficulty breathing.
High doses of Suboxone can also cause liver damage and induce a coma, and it is also possible to suffer a Suboxone overdose. Since Suboxone is an opioid-based medication, an overdose is one of the most serious risks of Suboxone. In fact, an overdose on Suboxone can be lethal if left untreated. Someone who uses too much Suboxone or combines it with other drugs is most likely to suffer an overdose.
The symptoms of a Suboxone overdose include but are not limited to anxiety, blurred vision, chills, confusion, constricted pupils, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, loss of consciousness, loss of coordination, nausea and vomiting, slurred speech, stomach pain, and sweating. In severe cases, a Suboxone overdose can cause respiratory depression, a condition that restricts or stops breathing. Respiratory depression can cause brain damage, coma, and death.
What are Treatment Options for Suboxone Dependence?
Suboxone has been called a “blockbuster” medication with the potential to reduce symptoms of opiate addiction and withdrawal. This medication does, however, have a dark side, and patients with Suboxone dependence are becoming more common. Medical detox is the first step in a Suboxone addiction treatment program, and it should be used in conjunction with therapy and followed by aftercare support. Its very effectiveness can be a double-edged sword for heroin addicts who are looking to repair their lives.
Suboxone addiction is a real problem. The medication has caused its own dependency issues and requires a course of treatment (pharmacological and psychological) to remedy. The National Institute on Drug Abuse mentions naltrexone as an option to treat prescription opioid abuse, because it is an opioid antagonist that, like naloxone is meant to do, shuts down the opioid receptors in the brain. While typically used in the treatment of alcoholism, an injectable, long-acting form of naltrexone known as Vivitrol was approved by the Food & Drug Administration to treat opioid abuse.
Allure Detox Can Help With Suboxone Addiction
If you or someone you know is fighting with Suboxone dependence, Allure Detox provides a safe and comfortable environment for you to begin your journey in recovery. Our services meet the specific medical, mental, social, occupational, and family needs of our patients. We provide different therapies and treatments in order to maximize each person’s success by facing everyone’s health and happiness head-on.
Our addiction professionals will help you plan your aftercare which includes but isn’t limited to outpatient therapy and residential treatment. Addiction isn’t easy to face. Luckily you do not have to face it on your own. Take the first step towards recovery by reaching out to one of our confidential professionals at Allure detox.