What Is Subutex?

What Is Subutex?


Subutex is a trade name for buprenorphine hydrochloride. In high doses, it can treat withdrawal symptoms from opiate addiction; in low doses, it treats pain in people who are not opiate addicts. Buprenorphine hydrochloride is also marketed in combination with naloxone, an ingredient which guards against drug abuse by reversing the effects of opiates. This combination is marketed under the trade name Suboxone, which is prescribed more frequently than Subutex to treat opiate addiction. Subutex is typically used only during the first few days of opiate addiction treatment.

Take Precautions When Using Subutex

Using Subutex with other narcotics, sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers or other drugs that cause drowsiness may lead to dangerous interactions. Patients should always inform their doctors of all the medications they use before they accept a prescription for Subutex. If you have a prescription for Subutex, carefully follow your doctor’s instructions. If you are tempted to misuse Subutex or think you may become dependent on the substance, then seek professional addiction treatment.

Subutex Side Effects

Subutex abuse may lead to mild, flulike symptoms, such those listed below:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Chills
  • Sweating

Subutex may also cause allergic reactions in some users. Signs of an allergic reaction to Subutex include the following problems:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling
  • Hives

Seek emergency medical help if you think you are having an allergic reaction to Subutex. Allergic reactions can escalate and become life-threatening. The following side effects of Subutex indicate the need for medical intervention:

  • Confusion
  • Unusual thoughts or behavior
  • Shallow breathing
  • Lightheadedness that may result in fainting
  • Liver problems indicated by jaundice (the yellowing of the skin or eyes), clay-colored stools, dark urine, decreased appetite that persists for several days, nausea and lower abdominal pain

Using Subutex may slow a person’s breathing enough to result in death. If your breathing slows after using Subutex, seek medical help immediately.

Treatment for Subutex Addiction

Although Subutex has helped opiate addicts overcome addiction, and although recovering users can legally use this drug unsupervised at home, its use is somewhat controversial, as there is risk for misuse. Addiction to Subutex is treatable with the same methods that treat addictions to other drugs. These methods include outpatient or residential treatment programs that combine physical, psychological and holistic interventions.

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