Buprenex is the brand name of the generic drug buprenorphine. Buprenex is a long-acting opioid pain reliever. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Buprenex as a Schedule II substance due to its high abuse potential. Compared to other Schedule II opioids, however, Buprenex has a relatively low potential for abuse.
Buprenex is used mainly for opioid replacement therapy in the treatment of opioid abuse disorders. Patients have the option of continuing with Buprenex treatment indefinitely, transitioning to a combination of Buprenex and naloxone, or gradually tapering off of opioids entirely. Rehabilitation from opioid abuse typically involves a period of medical detox followed by inpatient and outpatient therapy.
Individuals who are dependent on opioids typically experience minimal relief from drug cravings when taking Buprenex. In opioid-tolerant individuals, Buprenex produces a “ceiling effect,” meaning the patient is unable to “get high” when they take other more powerful opioids like morphine and oxycodone.
Individuals who are not tolerant to opioids and take Buprenex for chronic pain run the risk of developing an opioid abuse disorder. Addiction treatment for opioid addiction and dependence that begins with Buprenex may ironically involve the use of Buprenex as a treatment for addiction. Buprenex takes the edge off of drug cravings while allowing the patient to function normally.
Once opioid dependence occurs, it can be a lifelong struggle to resist the urge to use. Side effects of Buprenex use can include memory loss, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, constricted pupils, sexual dysfunction, urinary retention, constipation, itchiness, and excessive perspiration.
Although discontinuing use can be done outside of a hospital setting, patients are advised to undergo detox with medical supervision. Following detox, the patient will likely be admitted into an inpatient treatment program. Most programs last about a month. Following inpatient treatment, individuals are recommended to transition to outpatient therapy for continued support.
Post-acute withdrawal symptoms from discontinuing opioid use can be severe. In a hospital setting, a wide range of drugs can be administered to help ease withdrawal symptoms. Buprenex is one of the most commonly used drugs for mitigating opioid withdrawal. Buprenex is a long-acting, semi-synthetic, highly-selective opioid agonist. Its unique profile makes it ideal for reducing drug cravings while carrying a low risk of overdose.
Hospitals also have access to several prescription-grade and over-the-counter medications that can help reduce specific withdrawals symptoms. Anti-anxiety medications can be administered for anxiety along with anti-nausea sublinguals for nausea and vomiting.
Individuals who have been misusing or abusing opioids for any length of time often develop poor self-care habits. Patients may be severely dehydrated and deficient in essential nutrients. Medical detox allows patients access to IV fluids, food, and basic supplements to provide a solid foundation for recovery.
If possible, patients will be sent to an inpatient rehabilitation program following medical detox. Inpatient therapy is voluntary although when legal issues are involved, inpatient treatment may be mandated by the courts as an alternative to jail time.
Patients who are not under court orders may need extra coaxing from friends and family. Planned interventions can be an effective way to encourage loved ones to enter treatment. It’s important to make the person feel supported rather than cornered and attacked. Hold the intervention in a safe, familiar place -preferably a family member’s home. Take turns sharing how the patient’s behavior has affected the family in a matter-of-fact, non-accusatory manner.
Inpatient treatment programs are typically four weeks in length. In cases of severe addiction, individuals may be asked to stay longer. The goal of inpatient therapy is to provide a safe, drug-free environment where patients can gain an awareness of how substance abuse has affected their lives.
With this type of treatment, patients live onsite 24/7. Most programs do not allow patients to leave for any reason outside of medical attention. Individuals attend several counseling sessions a day and take part in group and individual activities in order to reflect on patterns of substance misuse and abuse.
Most inpatient programs have affiliated outpatient centers where participants can transition for continued treatment. Outpatient programs typically meet for one to two-hour sessions three days per week. Outpatient therapy provides patients with a home base for recovery where they can develop relationships with people who will hold them accountable.
The primary limiting factors in selecting a treatment facility are usually location and cost. However, all local inpatient and outpatient facilities have the most critical component -a secure place to focus on recovery.
For more information on available treatment facilities, visit The Recovery Village online at www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call us toll-free at 855-548-9825.
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