Close to a million individuals in US are addicted to opioids and yet less than 20% receive any treatment for their addiction. The best management for these chronic addicts is medical treatment which decreases their addiction and improves their social status in society.
The drug buprenorphine is a narcotic painkiller that works in the brain and the central nervous system to decrease pain. Buprenorphine is also known as Suboxone or Subutex. Although it is prescribed for moderate acute pain and moderately chronic pain in certain individuals, buprenorphine is more commonly used in the treatment of opioid addiction in what is known as a buprenorphine detox. Buprenorphine itself is a semi-synthetic opioid. A buprenorphine detox allows individuals who have become addicted to opioids such as heroin or morphine to discontinue using with very little effects.
Despite the fact that buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid it is a partial agonist that merges with the opioid receptors of the brain, digestive tract and spinal cord. IT can cause the normal effects of a partial opioid agonist but not as great as the effects caused by a full agonist such as heroin, methadone or morphine. The full agonist has the risk of abuse, addiction and side effects. Buprenorphine has a lower risk factor and can help with the negative side effects of full opioid agonists such as morphine and heroin.
This is why buprenorphine detox is so essential to those withdrawing from opioids. Buprenorphine can significantly reduce heroin withdrawal symptoms as well as morphine withdrawal symptoms. Lower doses of buprenorphine help opiate addicts to stop abusing illicit street drugs such a heroin and buprenorphine detox also allows those dependent, addicted or abusing opiates to endure the withdrawal symptoms that are so characteristic of an opioid detox. There is typically a peak that can be reached with buprenorphine, this is when the agonist effects peak making buprenorphine overdose very unlikely in comparison to its sister drugs heroin, morphine or methadone.
There are three stages of buprenorphine detox known as induction, stabilization, and maintenance phases.
- Induction phase of buprenorphine detox is when buprenorphine is medically administered within 12 to 24 hours after the last known opioid use
- Stabilization phase of buprenorphine detox is when the cravings for opioids have ceased, usage of the opiate has decreased significantly or stopped altogether and side effect have decreased considerably or are no longer apparent at all.
- Maintenance is the part of the buprenorphine detox stage where the individual’s use of an opiate has completely stopped and the dosages of buprenorphine have ended completely or are now administered steadily.
Buprenorphine detox is very common today for those individuals who are addicted to any kind of opiate and the buprenorphine makes it possible for those individuals to withdraw successfully from any and all opiates with little to no pain. With a buprenorphine detox individuals who were addicted to opiates can slowly withdraw and taper down off the buprenorphine with minimal discomfort and then begin to live their life free of any and all substances.
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