What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is comprised of two separate medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine, which is a partial opioid, has opiate affects that are significantly reduced compared to that of full opioid agonists, such as vicodin or heroin. Naloxone, which is not absorbed by the digestive track when Suboxone is taken orally, is added to Suboxone in order to prevent the misuse of the medication by injection drug users and those who are looking to alleviate their illegal addiction.
Often referred to as an “office based” treatment, Suboxone is an opioid approved for the treatment of opioid dependence, dispensed by a physician and taken in the office or at home just like any other medication. During Suboxone treatment, patients are evaluated and treated on regularly scheduled office visits rather than in a hospital setting.
Like full agonist opiates, buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone), can cause addiction. When going through Suboxone treatment, taking buprenorphine in conjunction with any depressant such as sedative, tranquilizers or alcohol can be extremely dangerous. Falling asleep while abusing Suboxone, especially while combining it with other central nervous system depressants, can greatly increase the chance of serious complications or even death.