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Detoxification from Suboxone and Opiates

What is Suboxone?

The drug Suboxone is used to aid opiate addiction withdrawals. Suboxone contains a mixture of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opiod medication with similar effects to other opiods such as heroin and morphine. However, it produces a less euphoric high making it easier to withdrawal and stop using. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids. When injected, naloxone will cancel the opioid withdrawal effects of buprenorphine. When administered under the tongue, naloxone will not affect the actions of buprenorphine. Therefore, Suboxone is used to treat addiction and withdrawal symptoms from opiates.

Adverse Effects

Although Subuxone is proven to help withdrawal symptoms during an opiate detox, it can be extremely dangerous when not monitored by a medical professional. When injected with a tranquilizer, people can die from a Suboxone overdose. Suboxone can also result in drug dependence. Subuxone is not for occasional use. When a person abruptly stops taking the drug, dangerous withdrawal symptoms may occur. Therefore, doctors taper their patients off the drug. Suboxone may also increase the effects of other drugs in your system. Drugs such as antidepressants, alcohol, and sedatives may cause increased drowsiness when taking Suboxone. Patients must consult with a doctor before they take the drug.

Before Taking Suboxone

Before you start taking Suboxone as a means to help detox from opiates you should tell your doctor if you have…

  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Lung problems
  • Enlarged prostate gland
  • Alcoholism
  • Sever mental health problems
  • A head injury or brain problem

Opiate Detox

The practice of using Suboxone to aid opiate withdrawal symptoms is increasing rapid. Switching to Suboxone from a short-acting opiate such as heroin is not too difficult for addicts. The longer a patient endures opiate withdrawal before switching to Suboxone, little further acute symptoms are an issue. Doctors stabilize patients on a proper dose of Suboxone until they are eased off the medication. Opiate detox can be very painful and dangerous. Suboxone is a way many addicts make it through withdrawals.