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Buprenorphine/Suboxone Treatment

Buprenorphine is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction in the privacy of a physician’s office. Buprenorphine can be dispensed for take home use, by prescription.

What is Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction in the privacy of a physician’s office. Buprenorphine can be dispensed for take home use, by prescription. This in addition to buprenorphine’s pharmacological and safety profile makes it an attractive treatment for patients addicted to opioids. Buprenorphine is different from other opioids in that it is a partial opioid agonist.

This property of buprenorphine may allow for:

  • less euphoria and physical dependence

  • lower potential for misuse

  • a ceiling on opioid effects

  • relatively mild withdrawal profile

At the appropriate dose buprenorphine treatment may:

  • Suppress symptoms of opioid withdrawal

  • Decrease cravings for opioids

  • Reduce illicit opioid use

  • Block the effects of other opioids

  • Help patients stay in treatment

 

source: https://www.naabt.org/faq_answers.cfm?ID=2

Further reading

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