Generic Name: BUPRENORPHINE/NALOXONE - SUBLINGUAL Pronounced: (BUE-pre-NOR-feen/nal-OX-one) Suboxone SL Uses
This medication contains 2 medicines: buprenorphine and
naloxone. It is used to treat narcotic (opioid) dependence/addiction.
Buprenorphine belongs to a class of drugs called mixed narcotic
agonist-antagonists. Buprenorphine helps prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by
stopping other opiate-type narcotics.
Naloxone is a narcotic antagonist that blocks the effect
of narcotics and can cause severe narcotic withdrawal when injected. Withdrawal
is less likely when naloxone is taken by mouth or dissolved under the tongue.
It is combined with buprenorphine to prevent abuse and misuse (injection) of
this medication. This combination medication is used as part of a complete
treatment program for drug abuse (such as compliance monitoring, counseling,
behavioral contract, lifestyle changes).
This medication should not be used for pain r...
Long before Suboxone , a product containing buprenorphine , was marketed as a treatment for chemical dependency and addiction , buprenorphine was being used by veterinarians and anesthesiologist for the treatment of pain. In the past, buprenorphine was not readily available for outpatient use because it is not a traditional medication that is taken by mouth and absorbed through the gastrointestinal system. Buprenorphine has traditionally been an intravenously administered drug, until now. There are now products that are dissolved in the mouth and products that are applied to the skin. So, the buprenorphine horizon is expanding.
As an outpatient drug, buprenorphine became widely recognized as a chemical in the product called Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid chemical dependency . Tablets containing buprenorphine only, without the additional nalaoxone found in Suboxone, are also available but are not readily prescribed because buprenorphine is well-like by intravenous drug abus...
Getting off of pain medications usually requires an exit strategy. Anyone who has tried to abruptly discontinue a regularly used opioid (a pain medication which is chemically similar to opium that binds to opioid receptors in the body) can attest to the severe discomfort of withdrawal syndrome. The symptoms of withdrawal include: nausea, vomiting, aches, sweating, diarrhea, yawning, insomnia, irritability and gooseflesh. These symptoms indicate that the body is physically dependent on the chemical. Chemical dependency is difficult to overcome without a good strategy. That strategy should reduce the occurrence of withdrawal syndrome, the risk of relapse, and the risk of toxicity. Suboxone can help someone get off pain medications because it reduces withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and the risk of overdose.
Because Suboxone contains buprenorphine (an opioid), it serves as a substitute for other opioids and satisfies the body's need for the chemical. One advantage in converting from...
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