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Benefits of Suboxone for Opiate Withdrawal

Opiate Abuse Side Effects and Addiction Symptoms

Suboxone is a medication for the treatment of addiction to opiate pain killers and street opiate drugs. When you are unable to stop taking opioids, even if you want to, it is called an addiction.  


Opiates are legitimately used for treating pain, but a tolerance builds with each dose taken.  Over time, more and more of the opiate is needed to achieve the same effect and often people get addicted.  The body developes a physiological need for the opiate and more is needed to avoid depression and withdrawal.  This creates a dangerous situation because Ooveruse of opiates can cause cardiac or respiratory arrest. 


It is believed that about 9% of the population misuses opiates at some point in their lifetime.  Some common opiate prescription medications such are Codeine, Vicodin/Hycodan (hyrdocodone), MS Contin (morphine), Oxycotin/Percoset (oxycodone), Dilaudid (hydromorphone) and Duragesic (fentanyl).  The illicit drugs Heroin and Opium are also a opiates.



Common Questions and FAQs

What are signs of opiate abuse?

What are some effects of opiate abuse?

What are the side effects of opiate withdrawal?

How long do people take Suboxone?






-Milder withdrawal and detoxification process

-Long Lasting.  Once maintained, the frequency of prescription is determined by the physician and                     can vary from weekly to monthly, depending on the patient's needs

-Safer than traditional prescription opiates.  Suboxone alone is unlikely to result in an overdose.

-Reduced health risks.

-Treats withdrawal and cravings, and blocks the effect of other opiates so patients can fully participate in the recovery process.

-Greater program flexibility compared to traditional requirements of methadone treatment programs.

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