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Suboxone Use

Suboxone Is Effective

Suboxone is a prescribed medication made of combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist-antagonist, while the latter is opioid antagonist. Because it acts directly on the central nervous system, Suboxone blocks euphoria effects produced by opiates, eases drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

In medicine, Suboxone is used to treat addiction, and has changed the whole process of treating and understanding addiction. 

However, some people find ways to get “high” on Suboxone. How? Find out more about medical use of Suboxone AND Suboxone drug abuse in the article below. Then, we invite your questions in the comments section at the end.
Suboxone can be misused.
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Medical Use Of Suboxone

Suboxone is the brand name for a medicine that contains buprenorphine, a semi-synthetic, mixed agonist-antagonist opioid modulator. Its primary use in medicine is to treat adults who are addicted to opioid drugs as a part of addiction treatment program. Usually, it is used in replacement opioid therapy to maintain levels of opioid in the body.

Moreover, as a potential analgesic, Suboxone has been used to treat pain for over 30 years, most often as transdermal patch. When used as recommended, Suboxone has proven to be safe and effective medication. How does it work?

Buprenorphine acts directly on the central nervous system by blocking the feelings of euphoria made by opiates. Moreover, it eases drug cravings and symptoms of withdrawal which happen after a period of physical dependence has developed. Therefore, you do not get “high” when you use Suboxone at appropriate dosing. In fact,  proper dosing helps stops the physical need to abuse opioids/opiates.

Suboxone vs. Methadone Use

Experts claim that the effectiveness of Suboxone and methadone are almost identical, but Suboxone has a lower maintenance rate at low doses from 2-6mg than low doses from 40mg or less of methadone. However, both drugs allow people to recover from addiction, and continue with their lives.

Suboxone Recreational Use

Still, Suboxone is an addictive drug. Even though buprenorphine blocks the euphoria of drugs such as morphine and heroin by binding with the same brain receptors, it is an opioid modulator, so it can trigger adverse effects like euphoric feelings. In comparison with other similar medications, the euphoric high effects of Suboxone are much less intense. Still, the way that people are getting high on Suboxone is by taking Suboxone other than prescribed.

If your intentions are to get “high” on Suboxone, you risk overdose and health problems.

Classified as Schedule III controlled substance, any Suboxone use besides prescribed by a doctor is illegal. Some of the most abusive modes of Suboxone administration include:

Chewing/crushing Suboxone = This mode of administration lead to tooth decay and a variety of gum problems.

Snorting Suboxone = The drug instantly enters the bloodstream, and starts to act almost immediately when you are taking Suboxone this way. Moreover, you can harm your nasal passages.

Injecting Suboxone pills = Pills and tablets are designed to be swallowed, but if you are injecting them you put yourself at great risk. Collapsed veins, swelling, and bruising are just some of the harmful risks that injecting Suboxone may bring to you.

IMPORTANT: Overdose is the great risk when abusing any kind of drug. In case of a Suboxone overdose immediately call 911 or Poison Control Centre on 1-800-222-1222.

Long Term Suboxone Use

Chronic or long term use of Suboxone is defined as use that lasts at least 6 month or more. Actually, if you are using Suboxone for 6 months and more, medically speaking, that period is considered long-term use of Suboxone.

Q: But, are there any side effects of long-term Suboxone use?
A: Increased level of drug tolerance and physical dependence are possible after long-term Suboxone use.

After regular use of Suboxone for a few weeks, the human system adopts the presence of the drug, and changes its internal chemistry to achieve homeostasis. In fact, this is the definition of developing physical dependence on Suboxone, a physical need of the body to use the drug in order to function normally. Moreover, the body increases Suboxone tolerance levels over time. Tolerance means that the body requires higher drug doses or more frequent dosing intervals in order to achieve initial effect.

Suboxone Long Term Use Side Effects

Buprenorphine’s side effects are similar to those of opioids. The effects of taking Suboxone can include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches and cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting, and constipation
  • Sweating

Additionally, Suboxone can provoke a number of longer term effects. Here is a list of the most common side effects associated with long-term Suboxone use:

  • Drug dependence
  • Headache
  • Increased tolerance for buprenorphine
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Stomach pain

Prolonged Use Of Suboxone

It takes a relative short time to get used to Suboxone. After you have developed dependence on Suboxone, if you stop taking it or even you lower the daily dose, you will experience Suboxone withdrawal symptoms.

Usually, these symptoms occur a few hours after the last missed intake. During the first few days, withdrawal symptoms are mild, but reach their severity peak about 2-5 days after the last dose. Symptoms often resolve in 7-10 days. But, protracted symptoms may last couple of weeks to months. Some of the most common Suboxone withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Body aches
  • Cold sweats
  • Headache
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Mood changes
  • Pupil dilation
  • Poor appetite
  • Restlessness
  • Runny nose and watery eyes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Nausea and vomiting

Suboxone Use Questions

This is only a small review of Suboxone use. Do you still have more questions? Please feel free to leave your questions in the comments section at the end of the page or contact us via our contact-us page. We will try to respond to you with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: SAMHSA: Buprenorphine
NIH: Medicine Plus: Buprenorphine
NIH: Daily Med: Suboxodone
HFS: Suboxodone
Justice: Misuse of Buprenorphine-Related Products

Suboxone Use

134 Can Suboxone be injected?

Can Suboxone be injected?

March 11th, 2014

Yes, Suboxone can be injected. However, effects depend on a person’s opioid tolerance. Additionally, the pharmacology of buprenorphine removes incentive to inject Suboxone. More here on Suboxone injection.

11 Is Suboxone a narcotic?

Is Suboxone a narcotic?

March 3rd, 2014

It depends on what definition you’re using. By most definitions, buprenorphine (the active ingredient in Suboxone) is a narcotic. We explore the specifics here.

10 Do Suboxone and methadone really work to treat addiction?

Do Suboxone and methadone really work to treat addiction?

July 18th, 2013

Do methadone and Suboxone work as a long-term solution for opiate addiction? Or do they do more harm than good? More on how methadone and Suboxone (buprenorphine) DO NOT treat the root of the opiate addiction epidemic here.

8 Help for Suboxone addiction

Help for Suboxone addiction

June 28th, 2013

Information about Suboxone addiction and resources for getting help. Plus, how to help a friend or family member with Suboxone problems.

1 How to Treat Suboxone Addiction

How to Treat Suboxone Addiction

June 15th, 2013

Think you’re addicted to Suboxone? Find out if you are really addicted to Suboxone and how to seek treatment for Suboxone addiction here.

117 Snorting Suboxone

Snorting Suboxone

April 30th, 2012

Suboxone should never be snorted. But can snorting Suboxone be effective vs taking Suboxone orally? We review the dangers of snorting Suboxone and whether or not they can be avoided here.

48 Buprenorphine half life

Buprenorphine half life

September 8th, 2011

The half life of buprenorphine is between 24-60 hours. Learn why buprenorphine half life is so long and the difference between half life and distribution half life here.

109 How long does Suboxone stay in your system?

How long does Suboxone stay in your system?

September 7th, 2011

One dose of buprenorphine (found in Suboxone) stays in your system and can be detected in urine for 3 days. Learn more about Suboxone half life and detection times here.

139 Can you get high snorting Suboxone?

Can you get high snorting Suboxone?

January 26th, 2011

Can you get high snorting Suboxone? Yes and no. Dr. Jana Burson tells us how Suboxone is absorbed in the body. And why snorting Suboxone cannot really get you high. More info on the placebo effect of getting high if you snort Suboxone here.

26 Is buprenorphine an antidepressant?

Is buprenorphine an antidepressant?

November 9th, 2010

No, buprenorphine is not an antidepressant. But you might feel less depressed after taking buprenorphine (Suboxone or Subutex). More on buprenorphine and depression here.

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2 Responses to “Suboxone Use
3:00 am August 17th, 2018

Yes..I just picked a friend up who told me she was given SUBOXONE by another friend for a sprained finger; about 18 hrs ago. She does not take opiates at all…she is really out of it….has mild heart problems. I called the person who gave her this drug…he said he gave her 2, 2mg pills. Do I need to take her to hospital

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:08 pm August 17th, 2018

Hi Martha. If your friend doesn’t feel well, take her to hospital.