What is Suboxone?
Buprenorphine, the opiate in Suboxone, is only a partial opiate agonist. Which means…..it activates the same opiate receptors in the brain like heroin or other opiates, but a smaller amount than an opiate.
Suboxone (Buprenorphine) is a medication that is primarily used to help individuals that are struggling with opiate addiction. This substance works as a semi-synthetic opioid agonist.
In high doses it works to treat people that are trying to kick their addiction with opiates.
In lower doses, it can be prescribed to help with moderate chronic pain.
Considering it is prescribed to many people trying to overcome their opiate dependency, many individuals have been taking this drug for extended periods of time.
Although most people tend to find that this medication works for its intended purposes, it is more difficult than many think to withdraw from. In fact, some people have said their withdrawal from Suboxone was more difficult than actual opiates. It really should be easier to withdraw from Suboxone, but some people are so use to the drug, when they come off of it, they cannot cope with life. This is a very powerful medication and a “controlled substance” (Schedule III). Most people notice that when they come off of it, they go through an intense withdrawal period.