Suboxone claims no high, no withdrawal from narcotics, then why is it addictive?
- 18 May 2011 by rerichao
- 18 May 2011
- suboxone, withdrawal, death, narcotic
Why does it come with so many warnings about misusing it? If its not making a person high, why so many warnings, including posssible death?
I am concerned for a loved one who has been taking this since Nov. 2010. She is now 44yrs old and seems to think she can take this the reat of her life.
But there are warnings for the elderly, elderly are not able to take this drug.
Please help me understand these issues.
Worried in Ohio
It's not supposed to be a long term drug, it's to help get off opiates and narcotics and then get you off drugs completly. as for it being addicting i'm not sure i was on it for three months and the only thing addicting about for ME, was it helped me sleep. so i'm not sure, but she has been on it for to long in my opinion.
it just depends on who you are really. most people take it long enough to get off opiates so they dont have to go through withdraws and to get their life in order... if she thinks she needs to be on it forever then maybe its because shethinks if she gets off it she will go back to taking opiates. i went to rehad an they put me on it for 6 days and each day got a smaller dose then quit but if she is taking it to stay clean then its a good thing, and yes she would have to lower her dose every week till she got down to .5 mg a day then quit to not have bad withdraws from suboxone it is very addictive!
Suboxone is made of two medicines: one is buprenorphine which is an opiate that has high affinity for the brain receptors thus blocking the previous or further use of an opiate, the other is naloxone which is used in the formula to prevent injecting the medicine.
The suboxone manufacturer would love fo people to stay on the medicine indefinitely as it means more money for them. It isn't necessary, what is necessary is to get addiction's counseling along with the drug treatment. It will teach the tools necessary to combat the temptation to use once off the Suboxone.
A good website for further reading is:
Suboxone is a means to an end, but not the end. Your friend needs to eventually face the addiction and get off the Suboxone too. It is a useful tool. It does prevent most of the withdrawal from opiate cessation and helps with cravings and further abuse while on it. You can't get high from other opiates while on it.
Hope this has been helpful and best wishes,
All of the above answers are good and have very valid points , but can I tease you just a bit, without angering you , 44 is not elderly, at least I hope most people on here don't feel that way, if so, I am in trouble . All meds have anywhere from the most simple to the scariest and worst side effects listed. She does need addiction counseling to use suboxone to her best advantage. She was likely told by her subs dr that she could take it for life, but she doesn't have to. And people can get off of it and not go through bad or long withdrawal, if she tapers off slowly, she will be fine. Unless she is taking benzos or other meds that have a sedative effect, she really isn't in danger of death. From suboxone. There are some great YouTube videos on suboxone, the only 2 posters there I have seen who I recommend are suboxdoc and maple2609 but they were the only 2 posters I saw who were accurate, non frightening, and easy to understand.
It might ease your mind and help you with questions about proper use of suboxone.and encourage this person to do the addiction therapy .best of luck, patti
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