Product Name: Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone)
Suboxone is a prescription medication that combines buprenorphine and naloxone. It’s used to treat opioid addiction. (Heroin and narcotic painkillers are common opioid drugs.) Buprenorphine belongs to a class of drugs called opioid partial agonists, which help relieve symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
Product Name: Sublingual (Buprenorphine)
Dosage: 2 mg – 8 mg
Subutex comes in a tablet form that is intended to be dissolved under the tongue. Suboxone does as well; however, it is now more commonly made in a film strip instead. Swallowing or chewing these tablets will result in lowered efficacy; it will not produce a high. Buprenorphine—the main ingredient in both drugs—works by filling opioid receptors in the brain, thereby fooling them into believing the individual is still using opioid drugs. This process allows a person in detox to slowly wean off the illicit substance he has been abusing, while avoiding some of the discomfort that comes with opioid withdrawal. Both of these medications also eliminate or seriously reduce drug cravings.