What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a prescription that contains the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone is an FDA approved medication that is used to fight opioid or painkiller addiction. It works by suppressing withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. Meanwhile, it is also blocks the effects of other opioids in your system for at least 24 hours. It is a preferred alternative to methadone as it does not cause the euphoria that is associated with opioid drugs. This prevents the potential for abuse.
Buprenorphine is a relatively mild opioid that has historically been used in low dosages to manage mild to moderate levels of pain. The buprenorphine relieves withdrawal symptoms by binding to opioid receptors in the brain. This prevents other opioids from attaching. Buprenorphine is a “partial-opioid agonist.” This means it produces a milder effect, which can be enough to stop withdrawal and drug cravings but does not cause a strong euphoria. The naloxone is added to reverse or eliminate the effects of opioids in someone’s system. It is also the key ingredient in the “overdose drug.” As an antagonist, naloxone prevents abuse and misuse by blocking opioid receptors.
When used as directed, the Suboxone medication can help relieve cravings, eliminate withdrawal symptoms, and help curb a person’s addiction over time so that they can beat their addiction.