Suboxone is one of only two drugs approved by the FDA to treat opiate addiction, the other is Subutex.
The active ingredient in these drugs is buprenorphine, which helps curb opiate cravings and withdrawal symptoms that typically come during detoxification.
So, is Suboxone addictive?
Since Suboxone contains buprenorphine, which is a synthetic opioid, and is addictive. By taking Suboxone you are trading an addiction to drugs like heroin or morphine for an addiction to Buprenorphine.
Isn’t it a bad idea to trade an addiction for an addiction?
When Suboxone is taken at recommended doses it will not provide the euphoric feelings that other opiates do.
It is also much more difficult to abuse Suboxone, there is a second active ingredient called naloxone which is used specifically to keep the patient from abusing the drug.
The good news is that withdrawal symptoms are far less severe than it is for other opiates as well as for another drug used for addiction therapy called methadone.
What are the symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal?
Any withdrawal symptoms you may experience when you stop taking Suboxone will go away slowly and most patients report that the symptoms are manageable.
- Hot Flashes
- Muscle twitches
- Many Others
In conclusion, Suboxone contains buprenorphine which is an opiate, and is therefore addictive. While trading one addiction for another may not sound like a good idea, an addiction to Suboxone is preferred because it does not give you a high.
It is also much less difficult to stop taking and the withdrawal symptoms are easier to endure than with other opiates.