Home » Blogs » Buprenorphine is a drug that is used to aid patients during drug treatment, but they can also be rather dangerous drugs that people can get addicted to themselves. We are here to show you all the ups and downs of buprenorphine.
Buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, Subutex, and Buprenex, is an opiate drug that is created for addiction treatment and long-term pain relief. It is a primary drug used for opiate replacement therapy by helping to prevent symptoms of withdrawal. Like methadone, buprenorphine can be a very helpful drug when it comes to overcoming addiction to alcohol or another drug.
Buprenorphine is prescribed to patients mainly to reduce or do away with several withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include perspiration, nausea, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, sensitivity towards pain, and pain in the abdominal region.
Withdrawal occurs when the body isn’t receiving something that it is used to receiving. One example is getting headaches when they go a day without drinking soda pop. People who do feel the need to drink soda every day do so to prevent themselves from feeling miserable. The same applies to drug addicts; they abuse drugs because it keeps them acting normal, and this is one of the biggest reasons why they don’t see any reason to quit.
Buprenorphine is also designed to reduce the risk of drug abuse. This is thanks to another drug inside buprenorphine that is known as naloxone. Naloxone is made to reverse the effects of opioid and opiate overdoses. Reducing the risk of drug abuse is an integral part of any drug that is made to help the addict overcome their addiction.
Buprenorphine is a drug that cannot be injected into the skin and flesh of a patient. Injecting a drug with naloxone into the skin would actually undo the effects that the drug would do to cure and prevent withdrawal.
Buprenorphine, however, can pose risks to patients, and some rehabilitation centers have outlawed all drug-related treatments, just because patients can get addicted to buprenorphine itself, experiencing buprenorphine withdrawal. Here are the disadvantages of buprenorphine that you should seriously consider.
There is an ingredient in buprenorphine called “naloxone” that prevents the drug from going inside a person’s blood veins. There are other ways that people addicted to drugs can facilitate drug abuse from buprenorphine, leading to buprenorphine withdrawal. This actually makes the treatment become harmful. So, depending on the use or improper use, buprenorphine can either be very helpful or very harmful.
Even if you never intend to abuse buprenorphine, it still can be harmful in the form of an overdose. In a pill form of buprenorphine, naloxone is nowhere to be found, making it very harmful when taken in large doses. Due to the addictive qualities of buprenorphine, it can be very tempting to take more than what you need, such as at times of stress and anxiety. Doctors can limit the occurrence of an overdose by only prescribing what is necessary to the patient, but it is still possible to take more than what is instructed.
If it hard to fight addiction on your own. While replacement drugs can assist people fighting addictions, they could actually be worse off compared to where they were previously if the buprenorphine is misused.
Your best bet would be to explore all the options of recovery, so that you can find the option that has the most effective means of recovery and the least likely chance of withdrawals or relapse. To most addicts, starting an outpatient rehabilitation program is the most successful choice for long term stability and sobriety.
Dr. Cidambi is a leader in addiction treatment and innovator of safe and effective ambulatory (outpatient) detoxification level of care for alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, and suboxone. Prior to founding the Center for Network Therapy, she completed her residency in Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in New York. Due to the successful detoxification program, Dr. Cidambi was featured frequently by media outlets, including NPR, CBS, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal.