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How Can Subutex (Buprenorphine) Be Used?

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If you or someone you know is struggling from an opioid addiction, it can feel like an uphill battle. Addiction is a form of mental illness because it changes the way our brains function. This is why professional help is needed when treating an addiction. Perhaps you or your loved one has tried Subutex to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms from opioids while beginning detoxification treatment.

Side Effects Of Use

Subutex creates a high that is not cognitively disorienting with drugs such as heroin or morphine. Short term effects of Subutex use include: euphoria, decreased pain, and even sedation. However, if you use Subutex there are also many undesirable side effects that are unwanted and these include: sweating, mood swings, dizziness, vomiting, body aches, and flu-like symptoms, among others.

You should contact your doctor or nearest emergency room immediately if you use Subutex and notice the following as these could be signs of serious liver damage: yellowing in the whites of the eyes, severe stomach pain, dark urine, yellow skin, or light colored bowel movements.

How Do You Use Subutex?

But how can you use Subutex in the first place? If Subutex is administered in a tablet form, it has a higher risk of creating use than if a patient was administered Suboxone (buprenorphine mixed with naloxone which is added to prevent use).

Typical Subutex users will usually crush the tablet and inject or snort it. When the tablet is crushed and either injected or snorted, it results in euphoria similar to abusing heroin or morphine.

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Signs Of Use

If you suspect that someone you know is abusing Subutex, there are signs of use that you can watch out for.

The signs of use for Subutex are similar to opioid use and could be any of the following:

  • Mood swings
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Neglecting hobbies you once enjoyed
  • Failure to perform at school, work, or at home
  • Nosebleeds
  • Sleep pattern changes
  • Physical signs of injection use (bruising and injection points)
  • Changing your circle of friends
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Money difficulties

Withdrawal Signs And Symptoms

There can also be withdrawal signs and symptoms that can indicate that a person has developed dependence on Subutex.

These signs of withdrawal include:

  • Restlessness
  • Yawning
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Goose bumps
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches
  • Anxiety
  • And dilated pupils among others

Abusing Subutex also can lead to severe long-term effects if snorted or injected. Injection can lead to blood borne diseases such as HIV or even abscesses and if snorted, a perforated nasal canal. As with any drug that can be used, users run the risk of overdosing or severe complications such as slowed breathing or even death each time the medication is used improperly.

How To Help

What was meant to help an individual recover from their opiate addiction has turned into dependence upon Subutex since the medication was used. But, there is hope. There are many meth addiction treatments available today to help individuals struggling from Subutex use. Some common ways to help individuals battling Subutex use include: intensive inpatient treatment, individual therapy, group counseling, partial hospitalization, and even attending groups such as Narcotics Anonymous.

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You do not have to suffer from a Subutex addiction alone. Our compassionate staff will help you find the right treatment that fits your needs. Reach out to us today at Vertava Health and get your life back on track. Contact us today.