Suboxone Treatment

Suboxone is a FDA approved sublingual film containing a partial opioid agonist (buprenorphine) and an opioid antagonist (naloxone). Buprenorphine, the active ingredient in Suboxone, is a long-acting opiate used to treat opioid dependence. Its main purpose is to prevent withdrawal symptoms and reduce opioid craving. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioid medication such as pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opioid abuse. Suboxone treatment is an effective addiction recovery program that helps patients find their path to sobriety.

Suboxone is Less Habit-Forming

Suboxone was developed specifically with the intention of fighting opioid use disorder. Treatment specialists prefer Suboxone over methadone due to less-severe side effects lower dependency rate. The addictive potential of Suboxone is far lower than the much more potent opiates and its benefits often outweigh the potential risks of further dependency as it helps addicts to stop using far more harmful drugs. When patients take Suboxone as prescribed within an MAT program, the risk for addiction is low.

Sublocade is Once a Month

Sublocade provides a new treatment option for patients in recovery who may value the benefits of a once-monthly injection compared to other forms of buprenorphine, such as reducing the burden of taking medication daily as prescribed (medical adherence). This continuous release delivery sustains consistent medicine levels throughout the month and blocks the effects of opioids.

What Are the Side Effects of Suboxone?

Suboxone’s main ingredient is buprenorphine, like heroin acts upon the same opioid receptors in the brain. The difference is that it doesn’t act as strong. It does not produce the intense high, but it does activate the receptor, making withdrawal symptoms more tolerable.

Common side effects of Suboxone include:

  • Headache

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Dizziness

  • Increased sweating

  • Constipation

  • Sleepiness

  • Muscle aches

  • Erratic heartbeat

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Numbness in the mouth

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Respiratory depression (slower breathing)

According to experts, the most concerning side effect is respiratory depression. Those that abuse or misuse Suboxone are more susceptible to this side effect and should consult medical treatment immediately if it occurs.