Human beings have suffered from all kind of addictions since the beginning of civilization, and among the more recent addictions is the addiction to prescription drugs. One of the commonly noted addictions is the sort that people develop for opioids – opium based drugs that are used for their painkiller effects and other indications.
Suboxone treatment, uses Buprenorphine (also marketed as Subutex, Temgesic, and so on) to help people overcome opioid addictions.
Suboxone treatment for treating addiction or for detoxification
While other treatments are found to be prone to misuse and may themselves become addictive, suboxone treatment is found to be less prone to misuse.
Other treatments such as methadone are often misused by taking intravenously, and could themselves be dangerous – however if there is an accidental overdose from suboxone, this is less dangerous.
Firstly suboxone treatment helps to detoxify the person to treat them for their addiction and reduce dependence and thereafter, the maintenance phase of the treatment begins. Since there is less chance of misuse of this drug, this has recently become the drug of choice for detox. During the maintenance phase, the dosage of the drug is adjusted to the level where it shows optimal benefit for the given person.
Suboxone for Pain Management
Suboxone treatment is also used to manage pain and is a less addictive form of pain medication. Severe pain that is of a chronic nature or post operative pain can be effectively managed. Suboxone treatment can also be used for cancer or non malignant pain such as that caused by neuropathic conditions or musculoskeletal pains.
Types of Suboxone treatment
The administration of this medication can take many different forms – it can be administered intravenously by way of a drip. It can also be administered orally in a pill form or film. The pill is placed under the tongue (sublingual) to dissolve over a period of 10 to 20 minutes; similarly the film also adheres to the underside of the tongue.
The sublingual film is often preferred by users since it is less likely to fall out or be swallowed. While the taste is also preferred, this form of administration by way of paper thin film is easy to carry and more difficult to crush and snort, making it the ideal suboxone treatment.