What is Subutex and How Does It Work?
Subutex main active ingredient is buprenorphine, which is classified as a partial opioid agonist. This means that this active substance interacts with the same brain receptors that are affected by opiates, without causing the notorious disorienting high effect in the patient.
The main benefit of the Subutex treatment is that patients who use Suboxone or Subutex don’t experience the cravings and the side effects that almost always occur when they suddenly stop taking the opiate to which they are addicted. The buprenorphine in Subutex acts as an opiate substitute and tricks the patient’s brain into believing it has been given opiate, thus curbing the stage of withdrawal. Buprenorphine interacts with opioid receptors in the brain and is able to reduce pain and substantially decrease the risk of relapse.
When combined with professional counseling and behavioral modification, Subutex therapy can be an extremely effective component of an opioid addiction treatment.