Pain Management

Myths About Suboxone as a Treatment for Opioid Addiction

What is Suboxone? Suboxone is the brand name for buprenorphine, an opioid medicine licensed by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 to treat opioid addictions such as heroin and prescription medications (opiates). It is marketed under the trade names Zubsolv and Subutex. Buprenorphine is a mu-opioid receptor partial agonist, which binds to these receptors but does not fully activate them. This means that sublingual buprenorphine can be absorbed into the bloodstream without being broken down by liver enzymes and metabolized like other opioids. As a result, fewer adverse effects…

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