A POWERFUL WEAPON AGAINST OPIOIDS
Buprenorphine is a maintenance drug used successfully in the treatment of opioid dependency. It is commonly used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs and should be taken in combination with structured counseling and recovery. Buprenorphine works as an opioid antagonist, working to reduce cravings and producing less severe side effects than more harmful opioids like heroin.
COMMON TYPES OF BUPRENORPHINE
Buprenorphine is available through a variety of brand-name drugs and is often mixed with other medications. Some of the more common types of buprenorphine include but are not limited to:
- Suboxone – (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) Film or Tablet
- Subutex – (Pure Buprenorphine) Tablet
- Naloxone (Buprenorphine and Baloxone) Buccal Film
- Zubslov (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) Sublingual Tablet
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone® (Buprenorphine) is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, and it was brought to market to reduce opiate abuse. Suboxone detox can be a life-saving alternative for those living under dangerous drug use habits. However, this treatment modality does involve some risk of its own. Buprenorphine is a highly addictive opioid itself, and dependence can quickly become a significant issue. In addition, detox and withdrawals can be substantial and lengthy, because the drug is a partial opiate, and can cause physical dependence and addiction.