Suboxone is an orange, hexagonal tablet intended for treating withdrawal symptoms associated with an opiate addiction. Suboxone can be used to treat any opiate based drug addiction including heroin, morphine, OxyContin, codeine, vicodin, percocet, even methadone addictions. Suboxone can only be prescribed by a licensed Suboxone doctors and is only the first step in a larger treatment plan that includes counseling and therapy. Suboxone can only be administered by dissolving the tablet under the tongue and is the only opiate withdrawal medication of its kind that can be taken from the comfort of one’s own home.
What is Suboxone Treatment?
Suboxone treatment can be difficult, especially in the beginning. For Suboxone to work the patient needs to be experiencing early withdrawal symptoms so that the medication can take effect. However, once the patient is ready to begin taking Suboxone the patient will generally feel better in about 20 minutes to an hour after taking the drug. While Suboxone is the only opiate pain medication of its kind that can be taken from the patient’s own home, the initial Suboxone treatments must be taken in the prescribing Suboxone doctors office. This is to help find the correct maintenance dosage and to make sure the patient doesn’t have any kind of allergic reaction to the drug.
Suboxone Side Effects
Suboxone may produce common side effects including:
- Stomach Pain
Suboxone is not without the risk of some serious side effects including:
- Extreme anxiety
- Difficulty breathing
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Frequent stomach pain
- Swelling of the face and throat
- Severe skin irritation
Make sure to seek immediate medical attention if any of these serious side effects occur.
How To Use Suboxone
Suboxone must be taken exactly as prescribed and should never be crushed up and snorted or shot intravenously. Because Suboxone contains a special mechanism to prevent abuse, if taken any way other than under the tongue, the patient will go into immediate withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone cannot be used for an addiction to cocaine, crystal meth, marijuana, or alcohol. Using Suboxone for these addictions can be potentially harmful to your body and will cause you to go into immediate opiate withdrawal. Do not take Suboxone if the medication was not prescribed to you or you are allergic to buprenorphine, naloxone, or any components of the tablets.