What Is Subutex?

What Is Subutex?

Subutex is a form of buprenorphine, a semi-synthetic opioid that is prescribed to treat opiate addictions. It is viewed as an advance over methadone, because it is not as addictive. Another significant benefit of Subutex is that it can be prescribed in a doctor’s office, which means more people have access to it in addiction treatment. In contrast, only a few addiction treatment clinics can dispense methadone, and these clinics must specialize in addiction services.

Worldwide, substituting opiates with Subutex has produced positive results, several of which include the following examples:

  • The number of addicts receiving treatment has increased
  • The number of heroin overdoses have decreased
  • New cases of HIV/AIDS among drug injectors have decreased

Subutex works by binding to the brain’s opiate receptors to produce enough stimulation to cut withdrawal symptoms, often for days at a time. Many people call it a lifesaver and use it for a short period to wean off of other painkillers. Other drug addicts say it creates a second addiction that requires additional detox.

Common side effects of Subutex include the following issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Pain
  • Mood swings

When Subutex use becomes problematic, doctors typically suggest alternative treatments, such as the following methods:

  • Gradual dosage reduction to retain positive benefits while lowering addiction risk
  • Attending therapy to boost emotional and mental defenses against addiction
  • Switching medications

Professional help is almost always necessary for recovery. Benefits of entering rehab include the following facts:

  • Users receive medical oversight throughout the risky withdrawal process
  • Therapy for the psychological and emotional roots of Subutex addiction help people understand why they abused drugs in the first place
  • Relapse-prevention coaching teaches users not only to get clean, but also to stay that way

Subutex addiction is a dangerous condition that requires immediate help. Abruptly stopping the medication can be dangerous, because withdrawal symptoms are often severe. Withdrawal is a normal, predictable, physical response to stopping a narcotic. Although it is rarely dangerous to detox from Subutex, it can be very painful, especially if an individual stops taking the drug cold turkey. Detox can be so excruciating, that some people begin using it again just to relieve their symptoms. One of the chief aims that rehab centers have during detox is managing the pain of withdrawal symptoms. With the right medication and oversight, physical symptoms can be managed.

Help for Subutex Addiction

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction to Subutex, help is available. Admissions coordinators at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can guide you to wellness. Don’t go it alone when support is just one phone call away. Please call us now to begin recovery.