Subutex for Treating Opiate Addiction

There is now an available treatment to treat opiate addiction after millions of individual damaged by this drug. Subutex is a combination of two currently marketed medications, buprenorphine and naloxone. It will be used for the treatment of subjects with heroin and opiate addictions. It is a long-acting opiate primarily used to aid narcotic dependence. It is most usually sold as a pill that dissolves in the tongue. Its main purpose is to prevent withdrawal symptoms from occurring in an individual, by stimulating the opiate receptors in the brain. Subutex has a greater attraction to the opiate receptors than other drugs such as heroin and methadone, whichreduces the longing to take such drugs.

Takin in heroin or methadone will have no effect at all when subutex binds tightly to the opiate receptors. This substance is generally used in narcotic drug treatment programs, and prescribed in varying doses. The effects of subutex are less definite than those of other opiates, giving the individual the feeling of being somewhat “normal” once more. Buprenorphine is an opioid that is used to wean people off their addiction to stronger opioids such as morphine, diamorphine (heroin) and methadone. It is prescribed as a replacement for such drugs. By acting on the identical opioid receptors as other opioids, buprenorphine stops the physical withdrawal symptoms that occur when these drugs are stopped. Physical cravings is then being stopped. Over time, the dosage of buprenorhpine is gradually lessen until it can be stopped completely. Moreover, buprenorphine replacement therapy for opioid addiction must be used in combination with other medical, social and psychological treatment.

We must also take into account that addiction would not leave an individual right after medication. One’s body would eventually adapt to the effects of subutex and thus would possibly become dependent to it. Meaning to say, the person may be free from heroin addiction but in turn, become a subutex addict. Science has found a drug that could counterfeit the effects of certain drugs such as heroin and methadone, to prevent withdrawal syndrome. However, just like any other drugs, subutex still has a negative effect on the body.

Drowsiness; dizziness; weakness; constipation; headache; nausea or vomiting; slow, shallow breathing; mental changes; mood changes (depression); stomach or abdominal pain; liver problems; dark urine; yellowing eyes; skin changes; vision changes; and death due to overdose are some of the side effects of subutex. These effects could be experienced upon taking subutex. Moreover, it could get worse if the drug is taken together with other substances such as alcohol.

Subutex (buprenorphine) can cause drug dependence. If the use of subutex is suddenly discontinued, the person may experience withdrawal symptoms and/or the want to relapse and consume the addictive drug once more. When taken together with other drugs (antidepressants, alcohol, sleeping medicine, etc.), subutex may enhance their effects and cause serious health hazards. Subutex can cause death from overdose if injected with a tranquilizer.

The increase of subutex addiction cases can be attributed to fact that it is very accessible and the price is affordable. The fact that buprenorphine costs less than heroin and is more accessible has speeded up the development of illegal markets in various countries. Buprenorphine manufactured in India, for example, is smuggled into Nepal and Sri Lanka, as well as Bangladesh, where it is used by 90 percent of the country’s intravenous drug users, according to a UN Drug and Crime story last year.

It is quite disturbing to think that no single drug is free from becoming an object of dependence. People have to be careful in taking both prescribed and non-prescribed drugs. These definite drugs could someway be considered of as a traitor. At first they act as if they are giving you positive effects. Then later on, you become dependent to the drug and take the drug

despite the negative effects it is eliciting. It’s like the devil that attracted you to eat the apple from the forbidden tree and then left you when everything else went wrong.

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