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Treating Addiction with Subutex

A drug that counterfeits the effects of opiates that have caused millions and millions of lives to be destroyed because of addiction is now available. Subutex is a combination of two presently marketed medications, buprenorphine and naloxone. It will be used for the treatment of subjects with heroin and opiate addictions. It is a long-acting opiate primarily used to aid narcotic dependence. It is most commonly sold as a tablet that dissolves in the tongue. Its main purpose is to stop withdrawal symptoms from occurring in an individual, by stimulating the opiate receptors in the brain. Subutex has a greater attraction to the opiate receptors than other drugs such as heroin and methadone, which removes the longing to take such drugs.

Subutex binds so tightly to the opiate receptors, that taking heroin or methadone will have little or no effect. This drug is generally used in narcotic drug treatment programs, and prescribed in varying doses. The effects of subutex are less pronounced than those of other opiates, giving the individual the feeling of being somewhat “normal” once more. Buprenorphine is an opioid that is used to wean people off their addiction to stronger opioids such as morphine, diamorphine (heroin) and methadone. It is prescribed as a replacement for such drugs. By acting on the similar opioid receptors as other opioids, buprenorphine stops the physical withdrawal symptoms that occur when these drugs are stopped. This prevents physical cravings. Over time, the dose of buprenorhpine is gradually reduced until it can be discontinued completely. Moreover, buprenorphine substitution therapy for opioid addiction must be used in combination with other medical, social and psychological treatment.

However, after medication, it is not an assurance that the person would become free from drug dependence. One’s body would eventually adapt to the effects of subutex and thus would probably become dependent to it. Meaning to say, the person may be free from heroin addiction but in turn, become a subutex addict. Science has found a substance that could imitate the effects of certain drugs such as heroin and methadone, to stop withdrawal syndrome. However, just like any other drugs, subutex still has a negative effect on the body.

Drowsiness; dizziness; weakness; constipation; headache; nausea or vomiting; slow, shallow breathing; mental changes; mood changes (depression); stomach or abdominal pain; liver problems; dark urine; yellowing eyes; skin changes; vision changes; and death due to overdose are some of the side effects of subutex. These effects could be experienced upon taking subutex. Moreover, it could worsen if the drug is taken together with other substances such as alcohol.

Subutex (buprenorphine) can cause drug addiction. If the use of subutex is suddenly ended, the person may experience withdrawal symptoms and/or the desire to decline and consume the addictive drug once more. When taken together with other drugs (antidepressants, alcohol, sleeping medicine, etc.), subutex may boost their effects and cause severe health hazards. Subutex can cause death from overdose if injected with a tranquilizer.

It’s easy access and less expensive price contribute to the increase in the number of subutex addiction cases. The fact that buprenorphine costs less than heroin and is more accessible has speeded up the development of illegal markets in various countries. Buprenorphine made in India, for example, is smuggled into Nepal and Sri Lanka, as well as Bangladesh, where it is used by 90 percent of the country’s intravenous drug users, according to a UN Drug and Crime report last year.

It is quite disturbing to think that no single drug is free from becoming an object of dependence. People have to be watchful in taking both prescribed and non-prescribed drugs. These certain drugs could somehow be considered of as a traitor. At first they act as if they are giving you positive effects. Then later on, you become dependent to the drug and take the drug

regardless of the negative effects it is eliciting. It’s like the devil that lured you to eat the apple from the forbidden tree and then left you when everything else went wrong.

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