Suboxone happens to be the first opioid medication that has been approved under DATA 2000 for treating opoid dependence in an office-based setting. Suboxone can also be prescribed for take-home use, very similar to other medicines that is often prescribed for medical reasons.

Suboxone is quite similar to other medicines of the same category that are usually recommended for such medical situations. It is worthwhile to note that Buprenorphine, the chief active element contained in Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist. It is evidently milder and safer when compared to the contemporary full opioid agonists namely oxycodone and heroin for the effects that Buprenorphine has on human body are limited.

Another opioid antagonist added in Suboxone is Naloxone. Its characteristic insoluble nature makes it impossible to inject. Suboxone should ideally be placed underneath the patient's tongue. A minimal dose of naloxone gets mixed into the bloodstream when taken as per the physician's instructions thereby ensuring that the patient feels only the effects of Buprenorphine.

If Nalaxone is directly injected, it is likely to make the patient depend heavily on a full opioid agonist while showing symptoms of withdrawal rapidly.

When taken in correct dose, Suboxone helps in the following:

■ Allaying addiction to illicit opioid

■ Ensuring speedy recovery

■ Preventing opioid withdrawal symptoms

■ Eliminating opioid cravings

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