SUBOXONE is the first opioid medication approved under DATA 2000 for the treatment of opioid dependence in an office-based setting. SUBOXONE also can be dispensed for take-home use, just as any other medicine for other medical conditions.
SUBOXONE at the appropriate dose may be used to:
Reduce illicit opioid use
Help patients stay in treatment
Suppressing symptoms of opioid withdrawal
Decreasing cravings for opioids
What is Opioid Addiction?
Opioid addiction is an addiction to any substance that contains opiates whether
legal or illegal. Prescription drug addiction is a disease that affects your
brain and causes changes in your moods and behavior. Often times, people who are
prescribed pain medicine become addicted to the pleasurable effect that it
produces. This makes some people want to keep using these drugs---despite the
absence of pain. For those addicted, use turns into “abuse” and over time, an
addict’s brain actually changes in such a defined way, that a powerful urge to
use the drug overtakes any reasoning or rationale the addict may have with
regards to the effect the prescription medication is having on their life. In
other words addicts may truly want to stop using the medication but they cannot
tolerate the physical effects associated with withdrawal. This is due to the
chemistry changes in the brain caused by the opioids.
Prescription drugs that contain opioids or (opiates) are found in commonly prescribed pain medications. Many of us have used pain medication at one time or another but continuing to take a prescribed medication improperly or illegally is considered to be a non medical use of a prescription drug. Nearly 20% of all American’s are addicted to pain medications which leads to the destruction of their personal well-being and often the affects the well being of those closest to them.
Important directions about SUBOXONE use
SUBOXONE combined with medications/drugs
Potential for dependence
Contact your doctor if
· You feel faint, dizzy, confused, or have any other unusual symptoms, or if your breathing becomes much slower than normal. These can be signs of taking too much SUBOXONE or of other serious problems.
· You experience an allergic reaction. Symptoms of a bad allergic reaction include difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your face, asthma (wheezing), or shock (loss of blood pressure and consciousness)
· You suspect liver problems due to any of these symptoms:
· Your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice)
· Your urine turns dark
· Your bowel movements (stools) turn light in color
· You don't feel like eating much food for several days or longer
· You feel sick to your stomach (nauseated)
· You have lower-stomach pain
· Cytolytic hepatitis and hepatitis with jaundice have been observed in the addicted population receiving buprenorphine.
· Your doctor may do blood tests while you are taking SUBOXONE to ensure that your liver is okay.
· You've recently experienced a head injury (SUBOXONE can alter pupil size and cause changes in the level of consciousness that may interfere with patient evaluation)
Many women also have changes in menstruation when they use opioids. This may continue while you are taking SUBOXONE. It is important to remember that you can still become pregnant even with irregular periods.
Driving and operating machinery
Commonly reported side effects
SUBOXONE can cause blood pressure to drop. This can cause you to feel dizzy if you get up too fast from sitting or lying down.
Your doctor will determine if you need to stop taking SUBOXONE because of side effects.
SUBOXONE use in children
Appropriate use of SUBOXONE
Do not give your medication to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. Sharing is illegal and may cause severe medical problems.