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BUPRENORPHINE DETOX

A Powerful Weapon against Opioids

Buprenorphine is a drug that has had considerable success in the treatment of opioid dependency. It is commonly used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs and should be taken in combination with counseling and 12-step recovery. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002, buprenorphine is an opioid antagonist. This means it produces less severe effects of more harmful opiates and opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers, helping to reduce and eliminate cravings. Buprenorphine is the first medication to treat opioid dependency that is permitted to be prescribed or dispensed in physician offices, significantly increasing treatment access.


Buprenorphine is sold under the following brand-name medications:

    • Suboxone – (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) Film or Tablet
    • Subutex – (Pure Buprenorphine) Tablet
    • Naloxone (Buprenorphine and Baloxone) Buccal Film
    • Zubslov (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) Sublingual Tablet
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Who is Eligible for Buprenorphine?

The first step in any medication-assisted treatment process is consulting your physician and treatment professional to see if you are eligible. While buprenorphine is an effective treatment resource, it can also be habit forming. Each stage of the process should be closely monitored by the prescribing physician, including any changes in amount or frequency of dosage.

Buprenorphine is recommended for patients who:

  • Have been objectively diagnosed with an opioid dependency
  • Are willing to follow safety precautions for the treatment
  • Have been cleared of any health conflicts with using buprenorphine
  • Have reviewed other treatment options before agreeing to buprenorphine treatment

Each person’s addiction care needs are different, which is why individual screening must take place before buprenorphine is prescribed.

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Side Effects of Buprenorphine Treatment

While it’s meant to aid in recovery from heroin and opioids, buprenorphine’s withdrawal symptoms are often identical to these drugs. Although each patient’s withdrawal period will vary based on the scope and severity of their buprenorphine abuse, some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue and Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Mild to Severe Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Intestinal Distress (Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Etc.)
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Extreme Fluctuations in Body Temperature
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Constipation
  • Changes in Heart Rate
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression and Anxiety

If you or a loved one is currently taking buprenorphine as part of a maintenance program, it’s imperative that you consult your supervising physician immediately.

The Buprenorphine Treatment Cycle

Once patients are approved for buprenorphine treatment, the process is generally broken down into three stages:

  • Induction – Medically monitored first stage of treatment in which patients who have abstained from opioids for 12 to 24 hours are given their first dose of the drug. After their first dose patients should closely watched by their doctors or treatment specialists to monitor any opiate withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine should only be dispensed by a qualified physician or OTP.
  • Stabilization – Once patients are medically stable and have purged mot of the opiate-related toxins from their body, their doctors will work to adjust their dosages going forward. Because of the long-acting agent of buprenorphine, once patients have been stabilized, they can sometimes switch to alternate-day dosing instead of dosing every day.
  • Maintenance – After stabilization, use is tailored to each patient’s ongoing care needs and progress. This phase of treatment can take months or even years. Maintenance should be part of a larger overall treatment plan including rehab and counseling.

Recovery Unplugged is ready to coordinate with your physician to see if buprenorphine treatment is right for you.
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