What is Suboxone?

 

Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Naloxone is a special narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic medicines.

Suboxone is used to treat narcotic (opioid) addiction/dependence.

What is Addiction?
 
Addiction is a disease that affects your brain and behavior. Addiction causes you to obsessively seek out the drug, even when the drug use causes behavior, health, or relationship problems.

 

Opioid drugs include:

Opium, codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphine, paregoric, sufentanil, & tramadol

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How does Suboxone work?
 
Buprenorphine and Naloxone act on the same brain structures and processes as addictive opioids, but with protective or normalizing effects.