You have probably heard the latest news about the heroin epidemic. The situation is only getting worse, not better. There are many reasons to quit heroin. Mainly, you should do it for yourself and your life. The possibility of overdose is always there, and you don’t want to become a statistic.
If you are not able to quit heroin cold turkey, then there is an alternative for you. This is suboxone. Many people have had good results with Suboxone.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a semi-synthetic opioid medication. It is prescribed to aid addicts with heroin and opiate addiction.
Suboxone is a drug that is available as small film strips that are placed under your tongue. They dissolve there and rapidly enter the bloodstream. The positive thing about suboxone is that it will diminish or eliminate the symptoms of withdrawal from opiates. It is said that you can take this drug for a short period of time and taper it off without getting sick from withdrawal. For some, the claim is that they will feel minimal discomfort while coming off of it.
Suboxone is composed of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is chemically similar to other opioids. The difference is that it produces a diminished high. The drug actually varies in terms of the euphoria felt from person to person. The majority of people who take it say that they feel a mild calming effect from it.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. It is combined with the buprenorphine in order to discourage you from injecting the suboxone. When taken orally, the naloxone will not affect the effect of the buprenorphine.
Ordinarily, when heroin binds to the opioid receptors, dopamine is released. This results in euphoria. Any pain is relieved.
As the heroin leaves those receptors, the euphoria begins to abate. Within a number of hours, withdrawal sets in.
The heroin will continue to leave the receptors until you reach full withdrawal. At this time, you may take the first dose of Suboxone.
The buprenorphine now binds to the vacated opioid receptors. It suppresses the withdrawal symptoms. The buprenorphine does not give the euphoria of heroin.
The buprenorphine in the receptors will block other opioids from attaching to them. The half-life of buprenorphine is longer than that of heroin, so the effect will last a long time.
Does Suboxone Work for Everybody?
Since buprenorphine is only a partial opioid agonist, it will not necessarily relieve all of the discomfort that you feel. The hope is that you will be able to tolerate any mild discomfort that you feel. It also depends on a few factors: It depends on how long you wait before taking the first dose of suboxone and how much heroin you have been using.
Also, some people may have an adverse reaction to the naloxone in the drug. There is an alternative to suboxone called subutex that doesn’t have naloxone in it. Also, suboxone may not work in the case of serious heroin addicts. However, most addicts can gain benefit from suboxone.
What Is Subutex?
Subutex also contains buprenorphine. However, it does not contain naloxone. This is why some users feel much better on it than on suboxone.
The reason that the naloxone causes some people problems is that it can make it hard for the brain to restore endorphin and serotonin levels to a normal level. Some people become depressed on suboxone.
Also, naloxone can lead to headaches and nausea for some users.
The only reason that your doctor may not want to give you subutex is that there is always the danger that you may inject it. Therefore, you will need to give a strong argument for its use in your case.
How to Get Suboxone
Unfortunately, because of the expense, many people are buying suboxone off of the streets. However, you can go to a methadone clinic to get your suboxone.
Most likely, the clinic will not supply you with a long-term supply of the medication. You will probably need to go back to the clinic daily to get your dose. After a while, they may allow you to take home enough for the weekend.
Although most clinics will work with you on a pay-as-you-go basis, there are clinics that will give you a partial payment plan. Going to one of these clinics will always be cheaper than going to a suboxone doctor.
You may not want to deal with a clinic because of the stigma attached with using their services. You should remember what your priorities are and how important it is for you to get treatment.
You should also be careful about the people who you associate with at the clinic. There will be drug dealers there, so you don’t want to make it a social event. Just go in and get your dosage and leave.
How to Take Suboxone
A few days before you start the suboxone, you may want to take some milk of magnesia so that you will reduce continual bowel movements.
Before taking your first dose, you must be in withdrawal from any opiates. You should not take it too soon. It may put you into severe withdrawal. The longer that you wait, the better your experience will be.
You should remember that you cannot take any other kinds of pain medication when you are taking the suboxone. This may precipitate a negative drug interaction. You should also ask your doctor about any other medications that you are taking. They may have an interactive effect with the suboxone as well.
Suboxone is a sublingual medication. It needs to be placed under the tongue and dissolved. The drug should be taken one time per day, preferably in the morning.
Suboxone is a way that many have used to kick their heroin or opioid habit. The only way that you can find out if you will have success with suboxone is if you try it yourself. Please call us at 866-802-8648. Our counselors are standing by to receive your call.