Suboxone other uses
Suboxone is a combination of two medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. It's a brand name medicine that's often prescribed by professionals to treat opioid use disorder.
Buprenorphine alleviates opiate withdrawal symptoms, decreases cravings, and lowers the risk of overdose. The drug is not injected or misused when Naloxone is used. Suboxone generics have now been approved by the FDA.
Unlike methadone, oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl, buprenorphine functions as a partial opioid in the brain. Because buprenorphine is a partial opioid, it lessens opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms while avoiding the euphoric effects, or "high," associated with full opioids. Furthermore, because buprenorphine is a partial opioid, it has a ceiling effect, which means there is no more opioid action after a specific dose, lowering the danger of overdose.
Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is an opioid antagonist, which means it prevents opioids from being absorbed into the brain. The addition of naloxone to buprenorphine reduces the likelihood of the medicine being misused.
Buprenorphine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It’s also used to treat moderate-to-severe opioid addiction (addiction to drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, heroin, etc.). Although it’s in a class of drugs called opioids—and you may feel high when you first take it—Suboxone/buprenorphine is generally safe when used correctly.
Though it's used to treat opioid addiction, doctors also prescribe buprenorphine for other ailments, such as pain relief. Depending on which type of prescription you get (and how much you get), you may be able to treat chronic pain with buprenorphine without needing additional medications. People who take suboxone but don't have an opioid addiction can still suffer from withdrawal symptoms when they go off buprenorphine, according to WebMD. If you think you might become dependent on Suboxone or any opioid in general, talk to your doctor before starting a new medication regimen. They can help you develop a plan that minimizes side effects while still helping with your condition(s).