Addiction Treatment

Using Subutex for Managing Opiate Recovery

Written By:

Becky Babb

Using Subutex for Managing Opiate Recovery

Subutex is also known as buprenorphine, a treatment for persons who develop dependence on opiates or opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers. Usually it is prescribed to stop cravings, block withdrawal symptoms and prevent ‘dope sickness,’ and is usually given long term rather than for short periods of time for opiate withdrawal.

Opiate Withdrawal

A wide range of symptoms can occur with opiate withdrawal after stopping or reducing drugs following heavy and prolonged use (several weeks or more). Heroin, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, Oxycontin (oxycodone), methadone, Percocet (oxycodone) and others are just some of the common opiate/opioid drugs found on the market. Withdrawal occurs when the brain adjusts to the presence of drugs in the system over time. The system ‘speeds up’ to counter the effects so that when opiate drugs are removed from the body, symptoms are no longer masked and require time in order for the body to find balance again. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal may include:

  • anxiety or restlessness
  • gastrointestinal issues
  • aching in the muscles and bones
  • nausea and vomiting
  • sweating

Subutex for Managing Opiate Recovery

An approved medication, Subutex can help treat opiate dependence and dissipate cravings. Buprenorphine hydrochloride works to reduce symptoms of opiate dependence. At low doses, buprenorphine assists an individual with quitting opioids without experiencing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Typically given with in the first few days of treatment, Subutex is generally given to help regulate feelings so an individual can focus and participate in a treatment program including therapeutic interventions.

When Not to Use

A doctor should work with an individual to discuss needs to see what will be best before deciding whether Subutex is the right prescription. Subutex should not be taken if the following occur:

  • Doctor did not prescribe it
  • An individual is allergic to buprenorphine or any active ingredients in the medicine
  • Certain medical diagnoses can preclude use including head injury, brain or mental conditions, liver or kidney problems and gallbladder issues
  • An individual is pregnant or plans to become pregnant
  • A woman is breastfeeding as it will pass through the milk to the baby

Subutex Opiate Treatment

Under a doctor’s orders, Subutex can provide relief from withdrawal symptoms and help an individual focus on treatment and recovery. It is important to speak with a treating physician before taking any prescription medication and to follow the orders closely. When taken in higher amounts, Subutex can produce feelings of euphoria which can lead to addiction. Proper management and care is required to ensure an individual is taking the medication safely and without complications.

Contact us today if you or a loved one are experiencing addiction to opioids or opiates. You do not have to face addiction alone. Call us at 512.750.6750 to learn more about how we can help you kick the habit.

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