Suboxone is the first opioid medication approved in the United States for the treatment of opioid dependence in an office-based, outpatient setting.
Suboxone is used to treat narcotic (opioid) dependence. It prevents withdrawal symptoms since it is actually a type of narcotic (opioid) itself. Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. While it assists in reducing opioid addiction, Suboxone also has addictive qualities.
Because buprenorphine is similar to other opioids such as morphine, codeine, and heroin, it produces less euphoric (“high”) effects and therefore may be easier to stop taking.
Suboxone for many is a step closer to becoming completely drug-free.