Believe it or not you can shoot suboxone and all that will happen is you get high. If you do it while you still have opiates in your system.

By that I mean same day.  You WILL go through extremely bad withdrawal from opiates instantly. I know that from experience, so wait at least a day for suboxone.

Can you shoot Subutex?

Subutex is just buprenorphine, which is a partial agonist (which means at about 32mg it stops working). The reason buprenorphine sets off withdrawal in those already dependent on opioids isn’t because of antagonist actions, but because it has an extremely high affinity for mu opioid receptors, so much that it displaces other opioids in the system. If you have a heavy opioid dependency the buprenorphine dose will not be sufficient to prevent withdrawal when this happens, which indeed causes severe withdrawal.

Suboxone has buprenorphine and naloxone (Narcan, an opioid antagonist). The plan for that was that due to the poor oral bioavailability of nalaxone, when taken properly it would be fine, but when injected (thus increasing the bioavailability to 100%) the naloxone would block the buprenorphine. This doesn’t work, because of the same reason I mentioned above. Buprenorphine has such a high affinity for the mu receptors it is resistant to full-on high doses of naloxone, let alone the tiny amount in Suboxone.

Buprenorphine (alone or with naloxone as Suboxone) is widely abused, especially in Scandinavia, where it is the principal IV opioid of abuse.

subutex vs suboxoneSubutex and Suboxone have both been approved by the FDA and are used to treat opiate addiction. They both help to eliminate dependencies on opiates and help users stop taking drugs like heroin and OxyContin without having to suffer from withdrawals.

How do you know which drug is best for you?

Active Ingredients

Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in both Subtex and Suboxone. This is a synthetic opioid that is used for treating chronic pain in addition to opioid addiction. Buprenorphine will not create much of a high and is less dangerous than other opiates.

The Differences

The main difference between the two drugs is that Suboxone contains two active ingredients, buprenorphine and naloxone, where Subutex only has buprenorphine as an active ingredient.

Naloxone is used in Suboxone to keep users of the drug from abusing it, this is why doctors prescribe Suboxone more than Subutex. Naloxone does this by filling opiate receptors and not activating them. If you do not take Subutex as recommended, by letting it dissolve under your tongue, the user will experience withdrawal.

When it comes down to it both Subutex and Suboxone work in the same way, both are effective in treating opiate addiction thanks to the active ingredient buprenorphine.

Doctors will typically prescribe Subutex first while a patient is under their direct care and Suboxone for continued use. So how do you know which one will be best?

Unless you abuse Suboxone there is absolutely no difference between the two drugs, they will both help in effectively treating opiate addiction.