About Suboxone

What is Suboxone Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone? Buprenorphine is a partial agonist opioid medication. Buprenorphine is similar to other opioids such as morphine, codeine, and heroin, however, it produces less euphoric (“high”) effects and therefore may be easier to stop taking. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids such as morphine, codeine, and heroin. If Suboxone is injected, naloxone will block the effects of buprenorphine and lead to withdrawal symptoms in a person with an opioid addiction. When administered under the tongue as directed, naloxone will not affect the actions of buprenorphine. … [Read more…]

About Methadone

Why is this medication prescribed? Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. It is a long-acting synthetic narcotic that was developed by the Germans during World War II for treating its soldiers. It also is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in patients who were addicted to opiate drugs and are enrolled in treatment programs in order to stop taking or continue not taking the drugs. Methadone has been used for over 40 years in approved clinics in the treatment of opiate addiction. Because of its long action, it is ideal for two reasons. How should this medicine be … [Read more…]