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Monday, December 4, 2017

Suboxone Effects on Mind and Body

Suboxone Effects on Mind and Body



Suboxone Effects on Mind and Body


Addiction is a powerful disease that many do not find the power to recover from.  It causes hundreds of thousands of deaths per year and is on the rise.  Self-help groups and different forms of therapy tend to be the most productive in overcoming addiction, but the use of anti-addiction medication is sometimes used in conjunction.  

Suboxone is a medication similar to methadone, which is used to aid in treatment of opiate addictions.  While methadone is an immediate release medication, suboxone is a long acting medication, meaning its effects are distributed slowly and at a lower dose over a period of up to three days.  It is possible for suboxone to create a mild euphoria and sense of relaxation, but because the release is so slow, it is certainly not a comparable high to heroin or even methadone.

The distribution of suboxone typically comes in a sublingual strip that is dissolved under the tongue.  Suboxone is comprised of two medications, buprenorphine and naloxone.  Buprenorphine has been around for decades and is a mix of an opioid receptor agonist and opiate analgesic that helps to ease the pain caused by withdrawals.  Naloxone wasn’t introduced in the United States until the turn of the century and is used primarily as an opiate agonist to block the effects of opiates used.  The combination of these two medications make for an effective aid in overcoming opiate addiction.

Although suboxone is an extended release formula, it does still contain opiates which allow for the potential of abuse.  The idea behind suboxone is that it will help ease the symptoms of opioid withdrawals by providing a small amount of opioids, which are gradually reduced and stopped over time.  Many addicts have the tendency to abuse suboxone, and use it in a manner that’s not intended, resulting in dependence.  Additionally, suboxone is a depressant, so using it along with other depressants such as alcohol or benzodiazepines could result in life threatening reactions.  

If used as directed, suboxone will cause pain relief significantly stronger than morphine, which results in a sense of relaxation, but may also result in nausea and fatigue.  Suddenly stopping the medication can certainly cause withdrawals that trigger severe irritability, diarrhea, and insomnia.  Suboxone was designed to aid in the withdrawal of opioids, but is not intended for long-term use.  It can cause confusion, decreased pain tolerance, anxiety, isolation, and failed relationships if used longer than recommended.  While suboxone can be highly useful in overcoming addiction, it should be taken with extreme caution due to its potential for abuse.


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