Suboxone is the first drug under the Drug Act of 2000 approved to treat opiate addiction in an outpatient setting under a doctor’s care. Suboxone is a combination of Buphrenorphine and Nalaxone that helps to rid patients of the cravings and anxiety of opiate addiction. There is also a much lower risk of abuse and overdose as compared to other methods* (source: Suboxone website)
We encourage you to learn more about Suboxone treatment by visiting the Suboxone website.
Buprenorphine (brand names SUBOXONE, SUBUTEX, ZUBSOLV) is a prescription medication for treating people who are addicted to opioid drugs such as Percocet (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone), Oxycontin, and heroin. Because Suboxone substitutes for these other drugs, it can alleviate withdrawal symptoms and eliminate drug cravings. Medication alone is not a complete treatment for addiction. Suboxone works best when given in combination with supportive counseling and relapse prevention therapy.
Because Suboxone has a lower potential for overdose and abuse, unlike methadone, Certified Doctors are able to prescribe take home supplies of Suboxone in certain circumstances.
Buprenorphine is a medication much like the opiates that you might be addicted to right now – but it has some very special properties that make it extremely helpful in treating opiate dependence.
Buprenorphine has been available in the United States for opiate addiction treatment since 2002. It has unquestionably revolutionized the way that this addiction can be treated.
Now, not all formulations of this buprenorphine medication are approved for use in opiate addiction. Only the Suboxone and Subutex formulations can be legally used in the United States.