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...
As physicians become more aware of the connection between chronic pain and patient perception, there have been many studies investigating how the link can help relieve chronic pain. It is important to understand this connection because it can lead to better pain control through more targeted treatment, and it can help physicians and researchers better understand the illness or disorder causing the pain. In this study, researchers wanted to learn whether patients could improve in function after participating in a cognitive awareness program. Recruited from a 4-week group pain management program in New Zealand, 76 patients (49 women) agreed to participate in the study. The average age of participants was 42 years and they experienced an average of 7 years of pain. More than half (57 percent) were unemployed because of the pain. Their participation consisted of completing questionnaires as they went through the program and after its completion. Of the 76 patients who began the study, 64 p...
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