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What Happens During Suboxone Withdrawal

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So you have gotten off opiates but are on another addictive medication, what happens now. There are many medications that cause withdrawal symptoms when you stop using them suddenly and Suboxone is one of them.

What Exactly is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a mix of Burprenorphine and Naloxone. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, buprenorphine is a medication that is a partial opioid agonist. This means that it acts against the opioid receptors, producing the same effect as heroin or other opiate medications without the euphoria and sedative effects.

Suboxone and the Brain

As a partial opioid agonist it triggers the opioid receptors in the brain while the naloxone blocks these receptors. If Naloxone is taken with Suboxone as directed, it does not produce any effect. If someone takes Suboxone by injecting it or injecting another opioid naloxone sends the individual into an immediate unpleasant withdrawal.

In order to take Suboxone, you should find a stable treatment program to help you. To find a treatment program that works for you call 800-662-8079(Who Answers?).

What Happens when you Stop Suboxone?

Suboxone Withdrawal

Insomnia is a common Suboxone withdrawal symptom.

Unfortunately, since Suboxone contains an opioid agonist, Indivior Incorporated, the manufacturer of Suboxone, warns that there is a chance that you might become dependent on it. This dependence is very similar to addiction in that you will go through withdrawal if you suddenly stop taking Suboxone.

Although the potential for abuse is considerably less than opiates, methadone, and buprenorphine alone, it is possible to abuse Suboxone. Both those dependent on Suboxone and those who are abusing it require a treatment center to either taper off the drug or to treat the withdrawal symptoms. Some of these symptoms are:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • muscle cramping
  • joint pain
  • irregular heartbeat
  • cravings
  • digestive issues
  • depression
  • lack of concentration
  • chills
  • anxiety
  • insomnia or sleeping excessively

Although the majority of these symptoms are not life threatening, they are extremely unpleasant. Most people who experience them go back to abusing Suboxone rapidly after onset when they are not in a treatment program.

Immediate Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome and Suboxone

One of the known problems with Suboxone withdrawal is a condition known as Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. This syndrome is characterized by the same withdrawal symptoms that you experience when you stopped Suboxone.

The only difference is these symptoms can occur well after you have already gone through Suboxone withdrawal. They show up weeks, sometimes months after you have stopped using Suboxone. Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome is one of the primary reasons people start taking Suboxone illegally even after being treated for Suboxone addiction or dependencies.

Where to Find Treatment for Suboxone Withdrawal

There is no shame in seeking treatment for Suboxone withdrawal. The relapse rate for addiction is very similar to that of any other disease. Finding the right treatment center, one that understand Suboxone dependence and abuse, is extremely important to your recovery. Fortunately, finding the right treatment center is only a phone call away, simply dial 800-662-8079(Who Answers?).

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