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Suboxone Withdrawal Information


Addicted to Suboxone and want help?

You are not alone. More and more people are coming to Novus because they are unable to stop taking Suboxone without painful withdrawal symptoms that stop them from coming off Suboxone or Subutex.

We can help you safely and more comfortably get through your Suboxone withdrawal or Subutex withdrawal.

OVERDOSE — A Very Dangerous Side Effect of Suboxone or Subutex Addiction

Overdose occurs when you take more of a drug than your body can handle. Some of the symptoms of Suboxone or Subutex overdose are:

  • Lowered blood pressure and heart rate
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Skeletal muscle flaccidity
  • Coma
  • Severe respiratory distress
  • Circulatory problems
  • Allergic reactions that affect breathing
  • Cardiac arrest

Here are some facts about Suboxone, Subutex and Suboxone Withdrawals:

  • Suboxone and Subutex are manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Both were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 for the treatment of addiction and protocols have been established for Suboxone withdrawals.
  • Before being allowed to dispense Suboxone and Subutex in medical detox facilities or for outpatient Suboxone maintenance, a doctor must pass a special test.
  • Suboxone and Subutex both contain buprenorphine—an opioid, called a partial agonist, that only partially stimulates the receptors stimulated by other opioids and opiates.
  • This means that Suboxone or Subutex will not produce the same “high” or feeling of pain relief as one of the other opioids that produce more endorphins by fully stimulating the receptors (full agonists) such as:
    • Heroin
    • OxyContin
    • Vicodin
    • Oxycodone
    • Hydrocodone
    • Percocet
    • Lortab
    • Lorcet
    • Norco
    • Methadone
    • Morphine
    • Fentanyl patch
  • Like OxyContin, oxycodone, Norco, Lortab, Lorcet, heroin, hydrocodone, methadone and other opiates and opioids when taken for pain, Suboxone actually increases the pain in many people. This is a condition called opioid-induced hyperalgesia.
  • Subutex contains only buprenorphine—a partial agonist opioid.
  • Suboxone contains four parts buprenorphine.
  • Suboxone also contains one part naloxone, an antagonist. An antagonist is a drug that blocks the activities of the opioids or opiates like the ones listed above and prevents one from feeling high or experiencing pain relief.
  • Suboxone pills are either:
    • Two milligrams buprenorphine and 0.5 milligrams of naloxone;
    • Eight milligrams of buprenorphine and two milligrams of naloxone.
  • Suboxone should only be taken by placing under the tongue (sublingually) and allowed to dissolve naturally.
  • If Suboxone is taken properly, the naloxone will not be absorbed in high amounts by the body so there will be no blocking of the opiate/opioid receptors.
  • If Suboxone is crushed or chewed or injected, the naloxone will be absorbed by the body and will block the opiate/opioid receptors, causing the user not to feel the same high or relief of withdrawal symptoms as if Suboxone was allowed to dissolve under the tongue.
  • Suboxone and Subutex should only be taken when you are in withdrawal from other opioids or opiates. Taking it too soon will lead to painful Suboxone withdrawal symptoms.
  • This Suboxone withdrawal is caused not by taking Suboxone but by taking the Suboxone too soon.
  • The main side effect of taking Suboxone too soon causes the body to expel any other opiates/opioids that are stimulating the receptors and creating endorphins, and replace them with buprenorphine which will produce far fewer endorphins.
  • It is this drop in endorphin production, not the taking of Suboxone, that is mistaken for Suboxone or Subutex withdrawals.
  • Suboxone and Subutex, like OxyContin, oxycodone, Norco, Lortab, Lorcet, heroin, hydrocodone, methadone and other opiates and opioids, are highly addictive even if not as powerful at producing endorphins by stimulating receptors.
  • Suboxone and Subutex side effects include liver damage along with many other side effects and withdrawal symptoms associated with other opioid withdrawals.
  • Another risk of Suboxone and Subutex is that they can adversely affect the health of innocent babies if you continue taking them while pregnant.
  • Suboxone and Subutex were not scientifically tested for use for more than 16 weeks when they were approved by the FDA.
  • Like other opioids and opiates, the use of Suboxone and Subutex can lead to:
    • Dependence which means that you will experience painful withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking Suboxone or Subutex;
    • Addiction which means that you will not only experience painful Suboxone and Subutex withdrawal symptoms but also that you crave the “high” that you get from using Suboxone and Subutex.

Suboxone or Subutex addiction or Suboxone or Subutex dependence are serious matters. Understanding how opioids like Suboxone affect the body is important.

From one of our patients:
“I realized that substances ran my life everyday. That’s what I lived for. Now I know that isn’t my purpose. I am meant for better things. I feel I can finally control my cravings and answers are not found in pills.”

There is hope for a new life. Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today!

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