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Suboxone is the first narcotic drug available by prescription from a doctor's office for use in treatment of opioid dependence under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 or DATA 2000.
The primary active ingredient in Suboxone is Buprenorphine, which itself is a partial opioid agonist. This means that the opioid effects and withdrawal symptoms from Buprenorphine are less than other full opioid agonists such as heroin, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and others.
Suboxone, taken as sublingual tablets or "under the tongue", has been shown to help in suppressing opioid withdrawal symptoms, decrease illicit opioid cravings and use, and under the correct supervision can help with overcoming an opioid dependence. Suboxone comes in 2mg and 8mg sizes of sublingual tablet and film forms.
Suboxone contains naloxone which blocks the effects of medicines and drugs like methadone, morphine, and heroin. This is added to prevent people from injecting Suboxone and improper use of the medication. Injecting naloxone can cause withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone is the most commonly prescribed medication and given to patients during the maintenance phase of treatment.
For more information about Suboxone please refer to www.suboxone.com