Subutex is the brand name for the drug buprenorphine and is most commonly used for the treatment of opioid dependence. It works to help prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings so that an individual can recover successfully, however, it can be harmful and addictive when misused.
Subutex is not to be confused with Suboxone. While both drugs are used for opioid treatment, Subutex was developed first and contains only buprenorphine while Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone. However, people can still become addicted to Subutex.
Because Subutex is used to treat opioid dependence, it produces similar effects and can be easily abused by users. Instead of taking a tablet orally, many inject the drug intravenously, which can lead to a need for Subutex rehab. Injecting Subutex induces specific symptoms such as:
- A feeling of euphoria
- Reduced pain
- Increased relaxation
- An overall warming sensation
Dangers & Effects
Even though Subutex can be beneficial, it can also be dangerous to those who misuse it. Whether an individual uses Subutex occasionally or regularly, they may not understand how to get off of Subutex and experience side effects that include:
Short-term effects include:
Long-term effects include:
- Impaired sleeping patterns
- Muscle pains
- Confusion or disorientation
- Social isolation
- Increased sensitivity to opioids
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Constipation or diarrhea
With long-term use, a Subutex addiction may form and because it’s used to counteract the withdrawal symptoms of opioids, when taken within 6 hours of taking an opioid, it can cause a severe and abrupt withdrawal process with symptoms like:
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
- Mental issues like anxiety or depression
- Increased pain
If you or a loved one have developed a dependence on Subutex, you’re not alone. At Victory Bay, we have a Subutex treatment program that helps you reduce your physical and psychological need for the drug and instead, puts you on a path to recovery. Our professionals are trained to offer treatment, support, and care in our state-of-the-art facility that can help you regain your health and eliminate your dependence. Contact us today to get started.