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For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the helpline is a private and convenient solution.

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What is Subutex?

Overcoming Opioid addiction can be overwhelming. With the aid of Subutex, many find relief during recovery from their addiction. Opioid addiction affects the brain structure dramatically, heavy opioid use floods the receptors in the brain, and this is what causes the euphoric feeling that drug abusers seek. The resulting brain damage from heavy or prolonged opioid abuse is from damaged neurons, natural highs become very difficult to achieve, causing a chemical deficiency that makes mood management very difficult. An opioid addict then becomes highly dependent to the drug just to feel normal. One of the hardest obstacles in opioid addiction recovery is overcoming the painful and overwhelming withdrawal symptoms. Subutex was formulated specifically to relieve the withdrawal symptoms.

How Does Subutex Work?

The active ingredient in Subutex is Buprenorphine, a semi-synthetic opioid that relieves opioid withdrawals. Subutex has the same qualities of other opioids at a much milder level. Its main purpose is to effectively relieve withdrawal symptoms of an opioid addiction. Subutex also assists in relieving mild to moderate pain in non-opioid tolerant patients. The risk dependency to Subutex is possible, and should be used as directed by a doctor.

How is Subutex Administered?

Subutex comes in a tablet form that dissolves under the tongue, sublingually and takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Absorbing into the bloodstream is the only way the drug is effective. Chewing or swallowing Subutex will have no effect. Doses range from 12-16mg daily, generally in a monitored environment such as hospitals and treatment centers. Because Subutex could potentially have withdrawal symptoms the dose is gradually lowered.

What are the Side Effects of Subutex?

Side Effects Include:

  • Headaches
  • Depression and Mood changes or swings
  • Insomnia
  • Drowsy, Dizzy and Lightheaded
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Physical changes like yellowing of eyes, skin changes
  • Stomach Pains
  • Constipation
  • Low Blood Pressure

The risk of having low blood pressure can result in a patient fainting and become very weak or dizzy. Rapid movement from a sitting or laying position could cause fainting, take caution during activities. The side effects of Subutex are greatly affected by other substances such as alcohol, anti-depressants, sleep aids etc. and with the wrong mixture can potentially result in death.

Subutex Abuse

There is a high risk of overdose, especially if someone is taking Subutex for a prolonged period of time. Abuse such as intravenously administering Subutex can result in death. Subutex is not intended for injection use. Taking other drugs or drinking alcohol at the same time as Subutex puts the patient a great risk of overdose as well. Subutex is recognized as a class C drug. Prolonged use or abuse of Subutex generally results an addiction. Taking Subutex as a means to quit an Opioid addiction can be very effective when used directly as prescribed. The increase of Buprenorphine abuse is rising due to the economical advantages of drugs like Subutex, they are becoming more readily available on the streets and take-home prescription are potentially being abused. The main purpose of Subutex is to effectively treat opioid withdrawal symptoms for those seeking recovery from an Opioid addiction.

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