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 Post subject: Suboxone vs. Subutex?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:56 pm 
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Hello again! If anyone has time, care to enlighten me as to the differences in Suboxone and Subutex? Thanks!

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Naloxone.

Subutex's only active ingredient is the partial opiate agonist buprenorphine. Suboxone is mainly buprenorphine with a small amount of naloxone added. Naloxone is an opiate antagonist (reverses the effects of common opiates) that is poorly absorbed sublingually (when the pill is dissolved under the tongue), but very effective intravenously. Basically, it is added to Suboxone to discourage dissolving the pills and injecting them. Doing so would just throw you into acute opiate withdrawals.

The naloxone really doesn't do anything when you use Suboxone as directed, but since it has this added "anti-IV" compound, Suboxone is viewed as having less abuse potential than Subutex and Suboxone is thus the preferred med for take home prescriptions. Some people do get headaches or other negative side-effects from the naloxone in Suboxone and in such cases, their doctors might be willing to write them the script for Subutex rather than Suboxone..... but it's a matter of whether or not the doctor trusts the patient or thinks that she/he might abuse the drug.

Subutex is generally used for inpatient detox/induction, where the patients can be monitored to insure they are not attempting to abuse their medication.

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Yep it helped very much, thank you! I've always been curious, especially after hearing about it (Subutex) so much on this site. I've never injected my DOC and never would inject the subs, and I do get very bad headaches and nausea, but I still don't want to play around with changing to subutex now (or worrying my doctor), headaches and nausea are manageable. Thanks again!

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