my daughter is about to begin an opiod addiction program, and i would like to inform myself as much as possible... some friends are on subutex... others on suboxone..any info would be appreciated... thank you
Suboxone and Subutex both contain the opiate buprenorphine but the Suboxone also contains naloxone which is added to keep addicts from injecting the medication. The naloxone when it hits the blood stream causes immediate withdrawls which are painful to say the least. Taken orally or actually sublingually the naloxone in Suboxone does not enter the blood stream in any appreciable amount.
Dear LadyBird, one of the reasons some of the group members might be on subutex versus suboxone, is because they are coming off methadone, heroin, or some other long acting opiate, like a fentanyl patch. Those coming off short acting opiates, or who have had an IV problem, may be given suboxone. Subutex is better for some. If you will go to YouTube.com, and look up SuboxDoc, he has many easy to understand videos on all facets of suboxone, watch his 2 part video on how it works in the brain and any others by him. He explains the medicine and therapy well. Pattishan61
The curious thing from the point of view of a person taking these meds is they all feel differently. Even the various brands of Subutex Feel differently from each other, and very different from Suboxone. Another curious fact is once you get used to a certain brand, or Suboxone vs. Subutex, you prefer to keep taking whatever you have been taking. Looking at the chemical make up of these products doesn't answer why, nor do I know why. I'm just telling you because you asked. Which ever product you start her on she should stay with. So unless she's ultra sensitive to Naloxone, like me, the Film Strips may be best, because they should stay in production. Subutex already went generic, and now it's a nightmare, and Suboxone tablets are soon to be generic. But the Film Strips should be around at least 5 years or more. We hope so, anyway.
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