HOW DOES SUBUTEX BENEFIT YOU?
Subutex can decrease cravings and relieve withdrawal symptoms. This can help you remain in treatment and gain control over your opiate addiction without the distraction of cravings and fear of withdrawal. Subutex detox offers a way to treat opioid dependence in a medical detox setting with privacy, confidentiality, and safety. People treated with Subutex generally don’t need to be hospitalized, make daily visits to a clinic, or go away from home for residential treatment. As a result, treatment with Subutex may allow more time for work, family, and other activities.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS SUBUTEX?
Buprenorphine, the primary active ingredient in Subutex, has been studied extensively since 1978, when it was first proposed for the treatment of opiate addiction.
A number of clinical trials have established that buprenorphine is effective for:
- Suppressing symptoms of opioid withdrawal
- Reducing cravings for opioids
- Reducing illicit opioid use
- Blocking the effects of other opioids
- Helping patients stay in treatment
In all studies, patients received regular counseling along with their medication.
Subutex detox, together with counseling, can help you remain in treatment. By having your withdrawal symptoms and cravings better controlled, your overall treatment can focus on resolving issues and gaining skills to avoid trigger—situations or stimuli that may cause you to relapse. You can also work with your physician to address issues that may have been contributing to your use of opioids, such as depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions.
HOW LONG HAS SUBUTEX BEEN USED TO TREAT OPIOID DEPENDENCE?
Subutex has been available in the United States since 2003. Worldwide, it is estimated that more than 400,000 people had their opioid dependence treated with buprenorphine.
DOES SUBUTEX JUST SUBSTITUTE ONE DEPENDENCE FOR ANOTHER?
All opioids can cause physical dependence, but the peak level of euphoria experienced with Subutex is limited compared with that of full agonists such as heroin. This experience has been associated with a lower level of physical dependence and limited development of tolerance compared with a full agonist. Subutex provides a level of reinforcement that assists in retaining patients in treatment, including counseling. When you no longer need Subutex, your dose can be tapered slowly until medication is not required. You and your doctor will discuss the timing and appropriateness of tapering your doses. The withdrawal symptoms of Subutex are milder than those experienced with a full opioid agonist and can be managed with your doctor’s supervision.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TAKE SUBUTEX AS DIRECTED?
It is important that you take your Subutex® (buprenorphine HCl sublingual tablets) with your other medications exactly as directed by your physician. Abuse or misuse of your medications while on Subutex can cause death. A number of deaths have occurred when dependent people have injected buprenorphine, usually together with benzodiazepines. While you are being treated with Subutex, do not use benzodiazepines, tranquilizers, or sedatives unless they have been prescribed by your doctor. Do not drink alcohol while taking Subutex.
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