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How can you stop taking Suboxone, Buprenorphine

Suboxone can provide ongoing support for handling withdrawal symptoms as well as drug cravings over time. While many people can start to feel their life beginning to get back on track with Suboxone use, immediately ceasing Suboxone use too early can often be a huge mistake and it can cause a number of withdrawal symptoms. Medically assisted Suboxone uses one of the only ways that you should consider taking the drug. Suboxone requires a consistent balance and ceasing use to quickly or taking the drug for too long can have its risks. Many people that continue using Suboxone over a long term. Look on it as a more permanent solution and it becomes addictive. It’s best to create an individual recovery plan with the help of a medical professional and to have a schedule for tapering off of Suboxone to ensure that the process can be managed appropriately.

Why is Suboxone prescribed?

For individuals that struggle with addiction to opiates and heroine going through a professional rehab support program can often be the solution to eventually reducing chemical dependence on opiates. Suboxone has a unique formula as an opiate agonist in a mild format. This reduces its addictive properties and when combined with the secondary additives in Suboxone it’s possible to prevent future addiction or abuse of the drug.

Suboxone uses a main component called buprenorphine which was used in substantial amounts between the year 2003 and 2013. This medication was developed directly as a competitor for morphine but unfortunately like morphine individuals found a way to start abusing it as well. With Suboxone buprenorphine was mixed with naloxone which is often used as overdose support medication and a receptor blocker. With these types of medication working together it’s possible for the chance for abuse to be greatly reduced in Suboxone use.

Suboxone treatment is otherwise called Suboxone maintenance as the overall goal of the treatment is to slowly taper off the drug while mitigating some of the withdrawal symptoms. Many people become quite frustrated with the course of Suboxone maintenance for the idea that there simply transitioning from what drug to another. The positive effects of Suboxone however is that the use of Suboxone can create a controlled withdraw environment that lessens withdrawal symptoms and health effects as a result of detoxing.

Taking Suboxone does come with a risk however and eventually people can begin to develop an addiction or dependence to Suboxone use. As further testing continues researchers and doctors are working on how maintenance medications can affect individuals long-term as well as what can be done to produce less addictive medications for rehabilitation.

One of the main differences between addiction and dependence?

Opiates often create a strong feeling of euphoria within the brain and as a result they can reduce pain, anxiety symptoms and more. The reason that opiates are commonly used to treat chronic pain and acute pain is because of their overwhelming ability to affect brain chemistry. Unfortunately over time the body eventually becomes dependent on the drug to mitigate the symptoms of pain or to reduce negative feelings within the brain. When a person decides to stop using any type of opiate the brain simply cannot produce these chemical reactions anymore without the assistance of the chemical.

This is dependence and when opiate medicines are required for an individual to start expressing feelings of euphoria and calm, a person can experience extremely deep cravings for the medication. If a person decides that it’s time for them to stop using opiates their body will often react negatively to the idea of the chemical not being present in their system and this can lead to the early stages of withdrawal.

When dependence moves over into addiction is when the opiate is used heavily and the substance begins to make further changes in brain chemistry. This means that the cravings associated with euphoria often take control of a person’s personality. They’re constantly craving the next dose it also causes them to develop a tolerance to the medication which is significantly increased as they continue to depend on opiates chemically. As tolerance continues to grow this increases the dosage as well as the frequency of use and this can often lead to potential problems with the risk for overdose.

The way that Suboxone works with the body is for a long-term release and while a person can become dependent on Suboxone in an effort to reduce withdrawal symptoms, it’s far less addictive than other opiates. This means that Suboxone is far better used for medication treatment in opiate addiction by reducing the loss of controlling cravings. Suboxone does a fairly good job at walking the line between creating dependence and addiction while treating the basic mechanisms of addiction for someone that has been using opiates over a long period of time.

The way that Suboxone works:

Suboxone contains buprenorphine which works as a partial opiate agonist. It causes far lesser effects on the body than a full opiate such as morphine or heroin and it can block the full opiate from reaching parts of the brain. With naloxone included this can inhibit opiate actions ensuring that opiates cannot be absorbed into the body too quickly. This component was included in Suboxone to prevent a chance that people would abuse the partial opiate agonist in the medication. In other versions of opiate agonists containing buprenorphine individuals were finding ways to manipulate the medication in an effort to experience the similar effects of a heroin injection. This is simply not possible with Suboxone because of the naloxone which can be activated to cause the symptoms of withdrawal on manipulation of the medication.

Using Suboxone in opiate addiction treatment:

In studies completed by the Journal of the American Medical Association the effectiveness of medications such as morphine were tested. Throughout studies it was estimated that around 80% of young individuals that begin to use morphine and became addicted to it, would eventually start using morphine again even if they took buprenorphine for a shorter amount of time. Those that were able to take Suboxone however over a longer term continued abstinence at a rate around 70%.

When is it time to stop Suboxone:

There are still times at which a medical professional may recommend the use of ceasing Suboxone for a person who has been using it over a long period of time. If the medications side effects are greatly outweighing the benefits a person may encounter a situation where stopping the medication temporarily or even indefinitely could be beneficial. In most cases temporary sedation of Suboxone can occur for person is having an allergic or dangerous reaction to the drug, during pregnancy, nursing or the need for immediate surgery and more. If any of these potential cases, it’s important to seek medical assistance immediately.

Individuals may also need to stop taking Suboxone if they experience some of the following negative side effects or conditions:

  • Signs of overdose are occurring
  • Immediate withdrawal and side effects are becoming too difficult to manage
  • They’re showing the signs of abuse or addiction to Suboxone
  • A person is become pregnant or their nursing
  • There is a need for surgery
  • There’s difficulty with breathing

Signs of an allergic reaction are present.

Signs the behavior is beginning to change or if a person is doing particularly well on Suboxone, there’s a chance that the drug may begin to be tapered off at a more rapid rate. Regular appointments with a medical professional through Suboxone use are important to making sure that doses are done correctly and that a person taking Suboxone can finish their dose as quickly as possible if required.