Buprenorphine is currently under investigation and development for the treatment of narcotic addiction. This drug has a long-acting duration and is available in tablet form (as opposed to injection.) It is a recent addition to the list of drugs for treating addiction to heroin and other opiates. It offers less risk of addiction than methadone. It has been found to have 30 to 50 times the analgesic power of morphine.
This drug is a semi-synthetic opioid used to treat addiction to opiates. This drug is used primarily for addiction treatment now. It is sometimes used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is used in the form of Suboxone and Subutex for detoxification of opioids and for replacement therapy. Buprenorphine/Naloxene (Suboxone) is a combination drug product formulated to minimize abuse. Buprenorphine binds to the same receptors as morphine, but does not produce the same effects. It is less likely to cause overdose problems.
“On October 8, 2002, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave final approval for the use of two buprenorphine – containing products to be marketed and sold as opiate addiction and withdrawal treatments.” After several years of pressure from doctors, addicted opiate users, and harm reduction groups, this promising new treatment is available for use in the United States.
Above Information Courtesy of DEA and NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Some Side Effects of This Drug
Most of the side effects of buprenorphine are much the same as other opioids.
- Stomach Pain
- Pin Point Pupils
According to SAMHSA, emergency room visits involving buprenorphine increased from 3,161 in 2005 to 30,135 in 2010 as availability of this drug increased.
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