Subutex is a product of Buprenorphine, a narcotic similar to Morphine, Codeine, and Heroin. Overcoming an Opioid addiction can be extremely difficult. Prolonged Opiate abuse can develop a dependency and tolerance, increasing frequency and dosage is expected from an Opioid addiction.
As Opioid addiction progresses the withdrawal symptoms become more aggressive as well. The withdrawals can be so overwhelming that many fail to quit using. Additionally the health risks of withdrawals from Opioids are extremely dangerous. Prolonged Opioid abuse damages the brain significantly. When using Heroin or other strong Opioids the brain has an overwhelming rush of chemicals causing a euphoric sensation. The long-term damage inhibits the brain from producing the natural chemicals that promote pleasure. As a result the user becomes dependent to the drug to avoid extreme lows and physical withdrawals.
The Purpose of Subutex
Subutex was manufactured specifically to relieve withdrawals for recovering Opioid addicts. Subutex is the trade name for Buprenorphine, a semi-synthetic Opioid. The main function of Subutex is to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal from Opioids, to avoid a relapse. As many can find the withdrawal from Opioids so overwhelming they relapse by defeat. Because Subutex is Opioid based it has the same characteristics as Morphine or Heroin. Not only does it resolve withdrawal symptoms, additionally it relieves mild to moderate pain for patience not tolerant to opiates. Because Subutex is an Opioid based drug the risk of a dependency to Subutex is probable if it is abused.
Subutex is administered only by being placed under the tongue which its then absorbed into the bloodstream. The drug takes 5-10 minutes to fully dissolve and start to take effect. Subutex is ineffective if chewed or swallowed. It is imperative to use Subutex only as prescribed, the drug is addictive and abuse can result in death. Subutex is not formulated to be injected and could potentially result in death. As with all Opioids a tolerance can result from prolonged use, which gives potential for an overdose if the prescription is abused. Subutex should be used in moderation and the doses should gradually decline. Depending on dose and frequency withdrawal symptoms can be expected.
Side Effects of Subutex
Although Subutex is mild in comparison to Heroin, the side effects can be dangerous. Some side effects to be aware of are:
- Anxiety, Depression or Lethargic
- Dizzy or Drowsy
- Nausea, Vomiting and Appetite changes
- Constipation and Stomach Pain
- Low Blood Pressure
- Low blood pressure can cause shallow breathing
Overdose of Subutex can result from increasing dose against doctor’s order. Prolonged use of Subutex can build a tolerance and dependence. The goal of taking Subutex is to wean off of Opioids by gradually decreasing the dose and frequency of Subutex a safe comfortable detox can be achieved. This is if Subutex is taken strictly by doctor’s order. Combining substances puts the patient at a high risk of complications that could result in death. It is not recommended to take Subutex with alcohol, anti-depressants, and other prescription or non-prescription drugs. Subutex abuse can lead to another addiction, and is increasingly being abused. The cost and availability of Subutex can lead to an alternative addiction.
Subutex, if used properly, can open the door to recovery for many suffering from opiate addiction.