Suboxone And Subutex: What’s the Difference?Rehabilitation News
The Crosby Clinic helps individuals in drug treatment overcome their addictions by implementing a medically assisted detox. Although we use Vivitrol to combat opiate addictions, there are several medications that can be used. If you are battling an opiate addiction, chances are you have heard of both Suboxone and Subutex. These medications can greatly help you successfully journey through sobriety.
These medications are often utilized to help addicts combat their addictions – essentially by combating their addictions to drugs with other drugs. Both Suboxone and Subutex are used to treat opiate addiction by taking away the grip opiates have on the brain. Taking either of these medications will stop individuals from recovering from experiencing withdrawal symptoms or cravings. Although both of these medications share numerous similarities, they also have key differences.
The Similarities Between Suboxone And Subutex
Both of these medications contain Buprenorphine, which is an opioid partial agonist. This medication interacts with the same receptors in the brain as heroin and other opiates, but it fools the brain into thinking that it is taking the opiate in order to alleviate cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Unlike heroin, which is a full agonist, these partial agonists alleviate discomfort but do not provide the same high as other opiates when they are used correctly.
The Differences Between Suboxone And Subutex
The key difference between these two medications is that one utilizes Naloxone. Subutex contains Buprenorphine that tricks the body into thinking it is on the substance in order to alleviate withdrawal and cravings. Suboxone contains Buprenorphine as well as Naloxone, which prevents misuse.
Naloxone works by filling the receptors of the brain, like Buprenorphine, but also blocks other opiates from filling in the brain’s receptors.
Taking Subutex Vs. Taking Suboxone
There is no functional difference between the two drugs unless a person abuses Suboxone. When abused, Suboxone can cause a person to immediately experience symptoms of withdrawal. Subutex may be prescribed under doctor’s care initially, but often switches to Suboxone once patients are out of inpatient rehab.
Choosing a Buprenorphine treatment program to help you combat your addiction could be an excellent option for you, but you should speak with your doctor first. As long as you do not abuse Suboxone, you will get the same benefits as Subutex.
Take Control Of Your Life
As mentioned before, the Crosby Clinic employs the use of Vivitrol for patients undergoing detox in our medically assisted detox treatment program. This medication helps individuals by alleviating the symptoms of withdrawal and eliminating cravings. This enables patients to successfully detox without discomfort.
If you are battling a substance use disorder, it is crucial to get substance abuse help as soon as possible. Our clinic can help individuals successfully detox then begin inpatient rehab to get the help they need to further combat their addictions.
We offer several treatment programs that include therapy, counseling, and healthy physical activities that can help individuals overcome their addictions and live happier and healthier lives. Contact our clinic today at (760) 751-1234 to get started now.