Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone.
Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. In combination, these medicines are used to treat opiate addictions.
Buprenorphine is actually an opioid drug, but the side effects are less potent as those in hydrocodone or heroin. it causes less of a “high” than morphine, heroin or other opiates.
Naloxone works by blocking the effects of the opiate.
So, in conjunction, these drugs work, first by attempting to deal with possible withdrawals, second by blocking the “high” effects. Because of the composition, Suboxone should not be injected, injection can actually cause withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone can and does cause dependency. Treatment for heroin and other opiates with Suboxone is actually a life long treatment plan unless it coincides with an effective rehabilitation plan. the rehabilitation plan should include counseling and peer support.
If you are using Suboxone, it will cause serious withdrawals if you attempt to quit taking it abruptly.
According to the Drugs.com website, “Suboxone may dangerously increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), other pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants.”
I am not a doctor. This article is for informational/educational purposes. if you have any questions or concerns, please consult with your physician.
References: Drugs. com / Suboxone