The very first opioid medication approved under DATA 2000 happens to be Suboxone. Suboxone helps in treating individuals who are victims of opioid addiction. Serious opioids like heroin and Oxycodone are harmful to the body. But Suboxone being a partial opioid agonist, the side effects are limited. The medicine is often prescribed just as any other regular drugs and can be taken for home-use.
Buprenorphine is the active and primary ingredient in Suboxone. The effects of Buprenorphine is less than what happens to those addicted to serious opioids like heroin and Oxycodone. There is also the presence of an opioid antagonist known as Naloxone.
Naloxone present in Suboxone has to be taken carefully. The presence of Naloxone in the medicine discourages people from dissolving and injecting it. If taken in the correct manner, Naloxone reaches the bloodstream in small amount. The patient only gets to enjoy the effects of Buprenorphine. However, if Nalaxone is injected, it might make a person dependent on a full opioid agonist to show withdrawal symptoms quickly. When used in correct dose, Suboxone helps in the following:
■ Reducing illicit opioid use
■ Enable patients to stay in treatment
■ Suppressing opioid withdrawal symptoms
■ Curbing opioid cravings