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Posted on October 14th, 2016

Benefits of Suboxone over Subutex for treating opioid addiction

Benefits of Suboxone over Subutex for treating opioid addiction

Addiction to any substance often causes effects leading to severe health issues and sometimes it may even prove to be fatal. Addictive substances used in the United States are not limited to alcohol and drugs, but also include prescription drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 165,000 individuals in the U.S. died due to prescription opioid overdose between 1999 and 2014.

However, recovery from addiction is possible and detoxification is the first step to it. When a person abruptly stops using an addictive substance and withdraws from the substance of addiction, it causes severe withdrawal symptoms. So it must be treated carefully. The detox for opioid addiction is no different. Detoxing from opioids causes a person to experience low energy, anxiety, insomnia, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting. Medical supervision of the detox process can relieve symptoms.

Suboxone and Subutex are two common medications that are used to treat opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, these drugs provide relief to many.

What are Suboxone and Subutex?

Buprenorphine, also known as an “opioid partial agonist,” is the common active ingredient in both Suboxone and Subutex. It binds with opioid receptors in the brain, reducing pain and fostering a feeling of well-being. The medication is also effective in relieving withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings.

Buprenorphine is sold under the brand name Subutex. Taken sublingually (placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve), it is advisable that the drug should not be used on an as-needed basis. Consultation with a medical professional is essential.

Suboxone is an effective and valuable drug available for addiction treatment as it is a partial agonist (a substance that initiates a physiological response in combination with a receptor). A low dosage of Suboxone can create similar effects to that of an opioid. It is not necessary for the dosage to be increased.

Benefits of Suboxone and Subutex

The difference between the two is that while Subutex contains only buprenorphine, Suboxone is a combination of both buprenorphine and naloxone. While there is a possibility to abuse Subutex to achieve a high, Suboxone is less likely to be abused. This is because Suboxone contains naloxone that counteracts the effects created by the substance and brings the individual to an immediate state of opioid withdrawal.

Naloxone is also an excellent opiate antagonist that fills the opiate receptors in the brain. It does not activate or allow any other drug activate these receptors. When the receptors are full but not activated, an individual experiences immediate withdrawal symptoms. But Subutex fills and activates the opiate receptors in the brain which increases the chances of it being abused.

Road to recovery

 It is possible that an individual may recover faster with higher dosages of Subutex during the early stages of treating opioid dependence. The optimum treatment for every individual differs and can be decided only after consulting with a medical professional.

If you know someone who is looking for detox centers in Arizona, the Arizona Detox Helpline can help. You may call our 24/7 helpline number (866) 593-8453 or chat online for expert advice on detoxification treatment centers in Arizona.