Articles about Suboxone and Opioid Addiction
Opioid overdoses are a very serious situation and, if untreated, can easily result in death. It’s important that you understand how opiates work in the body so you can figure out what to do in the unfortunate situation of an overdose. By the time you’re finished this article, you should be educated enough to save someone from an overdose, should it ever happen. Learn more.
Methadone can be a lifesaver for people struggling with addictions to opioids, particularly those who struggle with illegal opioids. However, it’s important to know that methadone comes with its own set of dangers and risks. We’ve written this article to educate you about the benefits of methadone and the steps you can take to avoid any dangerous repercussions. Learn more.
All opioid medications come with a risk of withdrawal after extended use. Opioid withdrawal is not a pleasant experience, but with the right knowledge and preparation, you can minimize the discomfort of withdrawal. This article is intended to help you understand Suboxone withdrawal and hopefully ease you through the process of quitting the drug. Learn more.
The DATA 2000, or the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000, was the legislation that allowed opioid medication to be widely prescribed for the treatment of illegal drug addiction. There are still many questions that are raised in regards to this type of treatment, and not all of them have answers that will please everyone. Still, the DATA 2000 has allowed many people access to treatment that they couldn’t receive before. Learn more.
Just like with any addiction, there are two phases to the Suboxone dependency: the period during which you’re actually using the drug, and then withdrawal and post-acute withdrawal phase. These two periods can have vastly different effects on a person’s psyche and it’s important to understand the difference between the two stages. Learn more.
There are two active components in Suboxone - an opioid antagonist and an opioid agonist. So why are these two seemingly opposed drugs mixed together in the same pill? To understand this, you should have an understanding of both drugs - and of the business practices of the pharmaceutical industry. Learn more.
Depending on the type of drug test that you're being given, the test might be able to reveal that you’re taking methadone or suboxone. Certain tests are able to differentiate between different opioids, but these are usually more thorough tests given by medical facilities that test specifically for opioids. Learn more.
In short, yes, but that’s because Suboxone is a very powerful opioid on its own. Buprenorphine is many times stronger than morphine, and the main reason that your withdrawals stop when you take Suboxone is because you’re ingesting another highly potent opioid to saturate your receptors. Learn more.
Suboxone is the most popular preparation of buprenorphine. It contains not only buprenorphine but a drug known as Naloxone. Zubsolv also contains buprenorphine and Naloxone, so one might think the two drugs are different. To know if they are, you should understand a bit about the two drugs. Learn more.
There have not been a lot of studies done specifically on Suboxone’s interaction with the thyroid. However, it is rather well-established that long-term abuse of opioids can cause hyperthyroidism. Since Suboxone is dispensed by a physician, and the doses appear quite low, on wouldn’t think that Suboxone use is considered abuse. However, Suboxone potency (8mg of Suboxone, which is often the standard beginning dose, is equivalent to roughly 64 mg of injected morphine) means that while you’re on Suboxone maintenance, you are consuming equivalent, if not much more, opioids than would be considered abuse if you were using illegal opioids. Learn more.
Suboxone strips, also known as Suboxone film, is a form of Suboxone that’s made into easily-dissolved strips that a user places under their tongue. Suboxone film is intended for sublingual absorption because this is the most effective way to absorb the buprenorphine aside from injection. Learn more.
- Can Suboxone make you high?
- Methadone vs Suboxone
- What to do during an opioid overdose
- What is an opioid?
- What is Methadone?
- What is Suboxone withdrawal like?
- What is Suboxone?
- What is the DATA 2000?
- Can Suboxone Make You Depressed?
- Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid
- Does Suboxone Cause Weight Gain or Loss?
- Does Suboxone have Narcan in it?
- Does Suboxone Show up as an Opiate on a Drug Test?
- Does Suboxone Stop Withdrawals?
- Is Zubsolv the same as Suboxone?
- Suboxone and Breastfeeding
- Suboxone and Stomach Problems
- Suboxone and Thyroid Problems
- What are Suboxone Strips?
- What Ways Can You Take Suboxone?
Ingesting a large amount or highly potent dose of an opiate such as heroin, either intentionally or accidentally, can lead to serious consequences, including overdose, coma, and/or death.
If you suspect you or someone else has overdosed, call your local emergency hotline (ex. 911) or a poison control center (1-800-222-1222) immediately.
Signs of an opiate overdose
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Low blood pressure or weak pulse
- Lack of responsiveness, even to painful stimuli (such as strongly rapping knuckles across the sternum)
- Pupils that are constricted or non-reactive to light
- Blue colored fingernails or lips
- GI tract spasms
- Difficult to wake up or extreme sedation
- Slow, shallow breathing or no breathing at all