Suboxone is a mixture of two pharmaceutical drugs, buprenorphine, and naloxone. Though it is prescribed with the endeavor to manage opiate addiction and withdrawal, it is often abused, diverted or otherwise taken incorrectly. However, it has been shown to largely help those who take it correctly, especially those with more mild or moderate addiction. It also helps reduce the risk of relapsing on more dangerous drugs, like heroin, or codeine.
So how does suboxone work? Well, buprenorphine is an opioid agonist, meaning it can help reduce the effects of opiate withdrawal by attaching to the opioid receptors in one’s brain. Furthermore, naloxone works by counteracting opioid overdose and also not allowing street drugs or generally more potent opioids to be as effective. Naloxone, on its own, is known as Narcan and serves a different, albeit very important purpose- it can help reverse opioid overdose.
Some of the signs of suboxone abuse entail: erratic behavior, running out of prescribed medication early, receiving packages frequently, and displaying physical side effects/intended effects like:
- Blurred vision
- confusion/difficulty concentrating
- Low blood pressure/heart rate
- Excessive sweat
- Respiratory depression
- Euphoria, reduced pain