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How does Suboxone block opiates?

How does Suboxone block opiates?

Buprenorphine helps: Buprenorphine (suboxone) is used as a medication for detoxification and/or maintenance for opiate addiction. It works by binding to the opiate receptors, providing partial stimulation to these receptors, but not causing a high. Buprenorphine also blocks other opiate medications from acting on the receptor, so the addict is not able to get high while taking this medication. Mutual support helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Suboxone (Definition)

Suboxone is semi-synthetic opiate compound. At higher doses, it is used to treat opioid addiction. In lower doses, suboxone can be used to control moderate acute pain in non-opioid tolerant individuals and ...Read more


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How much time does Suboxone block opiates?

Suboxone: Suboxone is a combination of 2 drugs (buprenorphine and naloxone) . The Buprenorphine is very long acting and the Naloxone is short acting. The short answer to your question is the blocking action declines over a 2 to 4 day period. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if one 4mg dose of Suboxone was taken, how long until opiates become effective?

Suboxone: It's not recommended to mix suboxone and opiates. I advised you seeing your doctors immediately to get guidance about suboxone. ...Read more

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How doe Suboxone show up or read as on a urine drug screen? And how long does Suboxone stay in your urine? Overcoming a brief opiate dependence and looking for work.

How doe Suboxone show up or read as on a urine drug screen? And how long does Suboxone stay in your urine? Overcoming a brief opiate dependence and looking for work.

Drug test: You need not worry about your drug test. Before taking the test, indicate that you take suboxone. A prescribed medication. You can only fail the test if you dont indicate that you are prescribed the medicine before doing the urine screen. ...Read more

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Which type of opiate addict(wether severe or mild) should probably not use suboxone?

Addict: All opioid addicts can be placed on suboxone. The issue is concurrent use of other illicit substances like cocaine, etc.... ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is safe to take Suboxone approximately 10 hours after opiate usage?

Use as prescribed: If this is what your doctor suggested you should follow his or her recommendation. 10 hours is usually okay if the opiate is short acting and may need to wait longer if its a long acting opiate. As a general rule you want to be experiencing moderate withdrawals which your doctor can discuss with you. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if i had a half a Suboxone last night, i'm wondering when i can start taking opiates again?

See below: You need to go and see your doctor. Suboxone is usually given to treat narcotic addiction, so perhaps taking opiates is not your best option. Talking to your prescribing physician about your options is your best choice. ...Read more

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I have been an opiate addict for more than 15 years. I takenaltrexone, Suboxone and attend aa. I fail at everythingi do. Am i done?

I have been an opiate addict for more than 15 years. I takenaltrexone, Suboxone and attend aa. I fail at everythingi do. Am i done?

Your mind & body: In addiction, your mind tells you stories that are simply not true. ("i fail at everything i do, " etc.) you are alive and breathing, so there is more right with you than otherwise. Addiction to opiates can also bring physical withdrawal when you stop. No one needs to do this alone. Aa & na will continue to work with you as long as you work with them. Lapses are usual, and do not mean failure. ...Read more

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Am I suppose to feel the same opiate like effects on Suboxone everyday or does it go away. Or is that what fills my cravings and suppose to feel it?

Suboxone effects?: suboxone should prevent opiate w/d (as it is an opiate). Pts should not feel as intoxicated, or euphoric, as they did on opiates of abuse. This is because Buprenorphine is a partial opiate agonist - meaning it binds to the receptor, but causes partial only response. The subjective experience of this varies between patients. c ur doc to discuss ur experience & devise the best treatment plan 4 u:) ...Read more

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Does Suboxone enter your system as a opiate or does it break down into Suboxone after taken? Also, if intra-rectally will it break down into suboxone?

Semi-synthetic: Opioid that is used to treat opioid addiction in higher dosages (>2 mg) controls moderate acute pain in non-opioid tolerant individuals in lower dosages (~200 µg) controls moderate chronic pain in dosages ranging from 20-70 µg/hour. Extremely high binding affinity at the µ- and ?-opioid receptor. Suboxone is Buprenorphine and Naloxone in a 4/1 ratio. ...Read more

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Could taking one Suboxone pill ruin your opiate receptors at all?

Opiopid receptor: Suboxone, just like other opiates, can cause a change in opiate receptor physiology. Most opiates do this at the mu receptor whereas suboxone also causes changes at the kappa opioid receptor. The change does not seem to be permanent and things can return to normal after a period of drug free interval which can vary between individuals. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take an opiate and 4g of Suboxone fir pain after surgery?

Is it ok to take an opiate and 4g of Suboxone fir pain after surgery?

No no no: 4 gm = 500 pills. So you are asking the wrong question. But 4 mg would still not be used concurrently with other full agonist opioids. And suboxone is an opioid. ...Read more

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Does suboxone work with a withdrawal while easing the discomfort or does it just simply prolong withdrawal from opiates?

Suboxone: Suboxone is two medicine, buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine will block withdrawal symptoms because it interacts as a partial agonist at the opiod receptor, causing less of an opiod effect than full opiod agonists. There is a ceiling effect and taking more will not make a patient feel high. Naloxone, the 2nd ingredient, blocks any full opioids such as cocaine, heroin, a patient takes ...Read more

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I've been an opiate addict for six years. Quitting cold turkey scares me, but i don't want to be stuck on Suboxone forever. What's the best choice?

Suboxone: This is the proverbial rock and a hard place. Not a lot of options. If you can stick with it. If you have the time and the money and support that's the best. There is a cocktail of no opiate medicines that will help you through much of this including Clonidine and sedatives .Otherwise suboxone is an excellent choice and it helps stabilize you and keep you from using again. ...Read more

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How do you handle opiate/suboxone withdrawal.?

How do you handle opiate/suboxone withdrawal.?

Treat symptoms: Opiate withdrawal refers to the wide range of symptoms that occur after stopping or dramatically reducing opiate drugs after heavy and prolonged use (several weeks or more). Treatment involves supportive care and medications. The most commonly used medication, clonidine, primarily reduces anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, and cramping. ...Read more

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Is Suboxone a good alternative to opiates, for managing chronic pain. ?

Is Suboxone a good alternative to opiates, for managing chronic pain. ?

It can be but...: Check w/your treatment provider. I'm not a physician, but had a rotator cuff tear. Therapeutic massage, specifically trigger-point massage, helped me w/the chronic pain by releasing the scar tissue that forms with injury or surgery. Some people are also helped by seeing a pain psychologist to deal w/chronic pain. Especially at your age, long-term opioid use should be a last resort! good luck! ...Read more

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What is better for opiate dependency? Suboxone or vivitrol? What is difference? On sub now thinking ab switching to vivitrol

What is better for opiate dependency? Suboxone or vivitrol? What is difference? On sub now thinking ab switching to vivitrol

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. Suboxone is a mixed agonist and antagonist of opiate receptors. Vivitrol is a pure antagonist. Either may be useful. The help from either drug would be greatly enhanced by using mutual support. ...Read more

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Im 8 days off suboxone. I have an endoscopy tomorrow and will be put under using opiates. Could 1exposure to opiates send me back into withdrawals?

Highly unlikely: Highly unlikely. Never say never – but highly unlikely. Also: you can usually negotiate with your anesthesiologist whether to have opiates or not. ...Read more

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Is Suboxone still a treatment option if it's been a week since i've used opiates? I have cravings everyday but find it hard to access them with no rx

Yes.: Yes however, but you need to see a doctor who was trained for just that type of treatment because it has to be supervised. ...Read more

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For Suboxone treatment to be effective for opiate cravings, what's the ideal treatment time. When treatment is over will cravings be easier to control?

Difficult to say: It depends on what substance you were abusing, how well you change your social network, support resources available and your motivation. Recent studies suggest that some may never be able to completely stop the treatment. Never the less, each case is unique. Try to find a treatment program that works for you. Suboxone treatment is incredible if you work with it and well worth the effort! ...Read more

Dr. Richard Pollard
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Opiates (Definition)

Opiates are a type of drug including pain medicines like morphine and ...Read more