Trying to find the right opiate detox treatment can be frustrating. Naloxone and Buprenorphine are two medications often associated with addiction treatment. You may want to know: how are Buprenorphine and Naloxone used in detox and do they interact with other medications?
Buprenorphine and Detox
Buprenorphine is the main ingredient in addiction treatment medications Suboxone and Subutex. Buprenorphine acts as a partial opioid agonist which means that it will activate the opioid receptors in the central nervous system and brain and will prevent withdrawal symptoms that come from stopping other opiates. However, since Buprenorphine is a partial opioid, it will not create the same kind of euphoria a person gets from using drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet and Heroin, which are all full agonists. One of the benefits to using Buprenorphine in addiction treatment is that it decreases the potential by reducing the desire to use other opioid drugs. Often referred to as a ‘ceiling effect’- Buprenorphine reaches a limit or plateau in which it can no longer be activated. While Buprenorphine is very effective as an aid to stop opiate abuse and addiction, taking it long-term can result in dependency and the development of a tolerance to the drug. Tolerance means that the amount of the drug taken will have to be increased in order to achieve the same effects as will a previous dose.
Buprenorphine and Withdrawal
Buprenorphine is an opiate and if you suddenly stop taking it, especially after long-term use, you will likely begin to experience withdrawal symptoms including:
- Flu-like symptoms
Naloxone and Detox
Naloxone is an opiate antagonist added to Suboxone that prevents it from being abused. When Suboxone is tampered with such as crushed and injected, Naloxone will cause the individual to go into full and immediate withdrawal. Naloxone works by filling and blocking the opioid receptors and preventing other drugs from activating the receptors. The difference is that while Buprenorphine partially activates the receptors; Naloxone will not active them. If you decide to use Buprenorphine and/or Naloxone to help you withdraw from other opiate abuse and you develop dependency you will likely need an inpatient medical detox treatment to help you stop the medication.
Suboxone and Subutex
Suboxone and Subutex are two drugs that have FDA approval to be used in addiction treatment. Both drugs are available through an outpatient detox clinic or from a physician authorized to dispense them. It is important that you discuss all medications that you take with the detox clinic and doctor as certain types of medications such as Benzodiazepines do not interact well with Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Find out more about how Buprenorphine and Naloxone are used in detox and if they interact with other medications by calling Gallus Detox Center today at 855-338-6929.