This article deals with drug-assisted treatment. The objective is to help you understand Suboxone, Subutex, and subvocal injection. In addition, we want to ensure that you have the tools, strategies, and support you need to recover from your addiction. The purpose of this article is to explain what these medications are all about. Please consult your doctor before making the decision to use any of these medications.
Suboxone is actually composed of two medications. The main drug is buprenorphine. It is a long-lasting opioid. Now, why take opiates away from someone and give them more? Well, buprenorphine binds to these opiate receptor sites in such a way that it is very difficult to overdose. So it definitely increases the safety of anyone who is addicted to opiates or heroin.
Another component of Suboxone is a little bit of naloxone, which is an opioid blocker, which adds a little bit more safety (as an extra protection in case of an overdose and decreases the possibility of someone abusing the drug).
So, if you understand what suboxone is… Subutex will be pretty easy to understand. Subutex is the Suboxone without the Naloxone. So that means it’s just a long-lasting opioid. You might wonder why someone would want to take it if they don’t have the blocker. There are certain reasons why some people want to do it. Sometimes if a person is pregnant, sometimes if a person has chronic pain, there are specific medical reasons, and there are specific clinical reasons, why a person might want to take Subutex versus Suboxone.
One of the practical reasons is…. From what I’ve heard, it’s a little cheaper (because naloxone is expensive). So don’t forget that Suboxone is composed of Buprenorphine + Naloxone. Subutex is pretty much just Buprenorphine.
And then there’s this new stuff called Subclade. Basically, Subclade is Suboxone that’s injected once a month. Now, you may be wondering.
So why do you want to do it this way? Well, because it eliminates a lot of the addictive behaviors, like taking a drug every day or thinking about taking a little bit more today. It keeps you from trying to take more when you’re having a bad day. It prevents you from burning out prematurely, and many other types of things that can lead to complications in the process.
So there are three different ways to give buprenorphine (which is the main ingredient in all these medications). So if you’re looking at this route, I want you to think about two things: