Coping with drug withdrawal symptoms using Suboxone

Coping with drug withdrawal symptoms using Suboxone and other medicines

Using Suboxone for drug withdrawal can prove to be the missing piece in the recovery process. We will discuss the following topics related to using Suboxone for drug withdrawal in this article:

– What is Suboxone?
– How does Suboxone work?
– What are the side effects/risks of taking Suboxone?
– What is the effectiveness of Suboxone in treating drug withdrawal symptoms

Drug addiction can be a hard road to recovery, but there are medicines available to help with withdrawal symptoms. Many people with an opioid addiction turn to medicines such as Suboxone or Methadone to help with symptoms of withdrawal. These medications can be very effective in helping a person achieve their goals of sobriety when combined with other therapy and counseling.

Do medicines prescribed for drug withdrawal really work?

Yes, for most people these types of medicines are quite helpful in the recovery process!

What is Suboxone?

The two common forms of Subxone (pill or film strip)
Suboxone is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who are addicted to (dependent on) opioid drugs (either prescription or illegal) as part of a complete treatment program that also includes counseling and behavioral therapy.

Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone. Together these two ingredients work to reduce cravings and other unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that occur when active use of opioids is ended. If you are addicted to opioids, then you understand what symptoms begin to occur when you stop using. Suboxone works to reduce these symptoms, making sobriety an obtainable goal to many addicts who have failed in the past.

What makes Suboxone different than Methadone (another common drug prescribed for drug withdrawal) is that Suboxone contains a opioid blocker. This means that if you were to use while taking Suboxone you would not feel the high you would if you were not taking Suboxone. This is often what makes Suboxone a better choice when choosing a medicine to help with withdrawal symptoms – even if you do use, you will not get the results you once did, making quitting altogether easier.

How does Suboxone work?

There are two medications combined in each dose of Suboxone. The most important ingredient is buprenorphine, which is classified as a ‘partial opioid agonist,’ and the second is naloxone which is an ‘opioid antagonist’ or an opioid blocker.

These two medications work together to reduce withdrawal symptoms while blocking opioid receptors making “getting high” by using near impossible.

What are the side effects of Suboxone?

Common side effects include the following:

Drug withdrawal syndrome
Numb mouth
Painful tongue
Intoxication (feeling light headed or drunk)
Disturbance in attention
Irregular heartbeat
Decrease in sleep (insomnia)
Blurred vision
Back pain

These are just some of the side effect associated with taking Suboxone for drug withdrawal. Not all people will experience these side effects, but it is important to understand them as possible side effects when taking this medication. If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to contact your doctor immediately!

What is the effectiveness of Suboxone in treating drug withdrawal symptoms?

As you can see in the chart, drug craving is significantly reduced when taking Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) compared to the placebo (no medicine taken for drug withdrawal).

Although results will vary, research shows that Suboxone is a safe and effective treatment for opioid dependence. It greatly reduces both drug cravings and drug withdrawal symptoms which when combined with other counseling or therapy significantly increase chances of quitting. And for many addicts that can mean the difference between life and death.

Good Luck in your recovery!

Hopefully, you have found this information useful. Please feel free to leave comments!

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