What is Suboxone and Why Is It Used?
Suboxone is a prescription medication that is used to treat opioid addiction. Opioids are drugs that are chemically related to morphine and have potent pain-relieving effects. They can also be addictive, so it’s crucial to take them only as prescribed by your doctor. Suboxone contains two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine attaches itself to the same receptors in the brain as heroin or painkillers do, but does not produce powerful feelings of euphoria or relief from withdrawal symptoms as other opioids do.
What is Suboxone and how does it work?
Suboxone is a combination medication prescribed to help people who are struggling with addiction. It contains two active ingredients, buprenorphine, and naloxone. Buprenorphine attaches itself to the same receptors in the brain as heroin or painkillers do but does not produce powerful feelings of euphoria or relief from withdrawal symptoms as other opioids do. Naloxone is added to prevent abuse of the medication by injection or snorting because it can block effects if misused.
The benefits of using Suboxone to treat addiction
We have all heard the stories of individuals who have overdosed on opioids. When someone is addicted to opioid substances they are often doing dangerous things just to get their next dose, sometimes even ending up in prison or worse.
Suboxone can be used as a replacement for these drugs so that people are able to live healthier lives without engaging in harmful behavior and ending up in prison. It also helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms that are associated with opioid addiction, allowing the individual to quickly rebound from their illness and feel better almost immediately after they begin taking Suboxone.
How long does treatment with Suboxone last?
Most people are on Suboxone for an extended period of time. This is because opioid addiction can be a very serious disease that requires long-term treatment to overcome, however, there are some who only require short-term treatment with the medication before they no longer need it.
How effective is Suboxone?
This medication is extremely effective when used correctly. It has been proven to reduce the risk of overdose by fifty percent, helping people get back on track with their lives without having to worry about any health-related consequences that can come from drug addiction.
How safe is Suboxone?
Suboxone has no known side effects in most individuals. It is also safe to take if you are pregnant and in some cases can help with morning sickness. It is also safe to take during breastfeeding as it has not been shown to cause problems for the baby.
Some people who take this medication may experience nausea or vomiting, however, these are normally mild and go away within the first few days of treatment. Patients should speak with their doctor if they have concerns about Suboxone and its effect on them.
What is a typical dosage for someone using Subox?
The typical dosage for someone using Suboxone is somewhere between two and six milligrams each day, depending on the severity of their opioid addiction. The medication comes in a tablet form that can be taken with water by mouth.
What are the side effects of Suboxone?
Most people who take this drug do not experience negative side effects, however, in rare cases, individuals may experience dizziness or drowsiness. It is also possible to experience vomiting and nausea but these side effects are normally mild and go away within the first few days of treatment.
When should someone stop taking suboxone?
Some individuals may be able to stop taking Suboxone after only a few days of treatment, however, more often than not people are on this medication for an extended period of time because opioid addiction requires long-term care and support in order for someone to successfully recover.
It’s important to know that Suboxone is not a magic cure for addiction, it takes hard work and dedication to get better. However, if you are struggling with opioid addiction this medication can provide your body the support needed to overcome withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, prevent overdoses, and allow you to live a healthier life free from drug abuse.
Emmaus Medical & Counseling offers complete addiction treatment services for those struggling with substance abuse. We specialize in Suboxone medication and can help guide you toward the recovery that works best for your individual needs.