Suboxone is a brand of a prescription medication that is used in the treatment of opioid addiction. The effects of Suboxone are meant to decrease cravings for opioids like oxycodone, codeine, heroin, and fentanyl. As such, Suboxone is usually taken by people who need to manage withdrawal symptoms when recovering from opioid addiction. However, while Suboxone is helpful in helping opioid addicts in recovering, it has its own risks for addiction.
What is Suboxone?
The two ingredients of Suboxone are:
- Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine is a strong opioid that is very potent. Due to its ability to prevent other opioids from affecting the brain and nervous system, buprenorphine is used to wean patients off of their addiction. Although buprenorphine is not likely to provide users with a euphoric and sedative effect, for an opioid addict, buprenorphine is enough to satisfy their cravings for opioid. This is why Suboxone carries risks for addiction.
- Naloxone: Naloxone is a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. People who are dependent on opioids will experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms if they inject naloxone into the bloodstream. Thus, naxolone is an important component in Suboxone in discouraging addicts from injecting the drug and overdosing on buprenorphine.
In addition to Suboxone, another brand name of drug that contains buprenorphine and naloxone is Zubsolv.
What are the Side Effects of Suboxone Addiction?
Here are some side effects that can happen with Suboxone addiction:
- Hormone problems
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Unpredictable mood swings
- Muscle aches
- Liver damage
- Nausea and vomiting
The severity of the drug’s side effects depends on the strength of the drug, the amount that was taken, and the health, weight, and age of the person.
Understanding Suboxone Overdose
Suboxone overdose can be an unfortunate outcome of Suboxone abuse. As Suboxone contains an opioid ingredient, overdosing on it can be a life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical help by calling an ambulance or poison control helplines if any of these symptoms happen to you or someone around you after abusing Suboxone:
- Labored breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
- Intense sweating
- Extreme fatigue
- Slurring speech
- Loss of coordination
- Pinpoint pupils
How to Treat Suboxone Addiction
As with the treatment of most cases of opioid abuse, the first step to treating Suboxone addiction is detox in a treatment facility. Medication such as naltrexone may be given to shut down opioid receptors in the brain. After detox, therapy and aftercare support are also treatment methods for Suboxone addiction.
Why Work with Spark To Recovery?
If you have unfortunately formed a dependence on Suboxone, it can be extremely challenging in breaking free of the drug due to the painful withdrawal process. However, help is available and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Spark To Recovery has a compassionate team of licensed addiction healthcare professionals who will support you the whole way so that you can take back control from Suboxone.
Start your Suboxone addiction therapy today. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.
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