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  • It is a combination of two synthetic opioids: 

  • Buprenorphine: a partial opiate receptor agonist

  • Naloxone: an opiate receptor antagonist (it is included in the formulation to prevent abuse)

  • Buprenorphine is the more active component of Suboxone

  • It acts as a partial agonist with respect to respiratory depression. As such, it is a very safe medication

  • It has a ‘Ceiling Effect’ in that increasing the dose past a certain point will not cause an additional effect. All the opioid receptors will be occupied yet they are still only partially stimulated. Therefore, it is much more difficult to cause respiratory depression (and death), compared to other opiates, even when suboxone is taken in excess

  • It acts as a full agonist with respect to treating pain. As such, it is as good as other opiates for treating pain, however, in order to do so, Buprenorphine would have to be taken 3-4 times daily

  • It binds very tightly to the opiate receptor. This is particularly useful with regard to treating addiction

  • If a patient on Suboxone attempts to continue abusing opiates they will have very little or no effect. In other words, the patient will not get ‘high’ off of opiates of abuse. This ‘negative reinforcement’ of drug use usually results in the patient discontinuing opiate drug use very quickly


What is Suboxone?




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