Buprenex is the injectable form of the pain medication buprenorphine. Buprenex is used to treat moderate to severe pain and may be administered to a person who is recovering from opioid addiction.
Buprenex is an opioid and has a high risk of substance abuse. It’s administered by either an IV or via intramuscular injection. Although Buprenex is used to treat withdrawal symptoms from narcotic addiction, it produces a euphoric feeling similar to codeine, morphine, and heroin. This makes Buprenex habit-forming and could potentially lead to a substance use disorder.
Anyone taking Buprenex should always follow the instructions provided by their doctor to reduce the risk of addiction.
Addiction to Buprenex starts with misusing or abusing the medication. Misuse begins when someone who is taking Buprenex starts to increase the dosage without the approval of their doctor because they have developed a tolerance. They may also take it more frequently even when it’s not needed. Once misuse or abuse of the opioid occurs, a person can become dependent -which is different than addiction. Addiction is characterized by craving and when one constantly seeks it and allows their substance use to outweigh other aspects of life. Opioid dependence happens when someone taking a narcotic like Buprenex relies on it and is unable to deal with the pain without the assistance of the opioid. If someone who is struggling with addiction stops taking the medication, they will experience symptoms of withdrawal.
Common withdrawal symptoms of Buprenex are:
- A runny nose and sneezing
- Muscle soreness
The withdrawal timeline depends on the severity of the addiction. Buprenex withdrawal symptoms can happen hours after quitting the medication and can sometimes last for days or even weeks. Normally, the more intense withdrawal symptoms occur early on -around a day in. The more difficult symptoms usually include vomiting, tremors, anxiety, and insomnia. Hallucinations are common if the Buprenex addiction is severe.
Managing the withdrawal symptoms of Buprenex is challenging and often leads to recurrence of use or sometimes switching to a more potent opioid. The most effective way to manage symptoms is to speak with a doctor or enroll in a treatment program. Doctors will typically taper their patients from the Buprenex if they are dependent on the opioid. Tapering is intended to gradually reduce their dosage without completely quitting the medication. This process is successful at relieving the severity of withdrawal symptoms and can sometimes completely negate them.
Detoxing from a Buprenex abuse disorder can be dangerous. People often experience even worse cravings than before and are tempted to return to recurring use. It’s not safe for someone with a substance abuse disorder to try detoxing alone without the help of rehabilitation facility or a doctor’s supervision. Medications can be supplied to those who are dealing with severe withdrawal symptoms at a facility. In many cases, Buprenex causes symptoms that are similar to those of the flu. Facilities can offer medications to help with insomnia, anxiety, vomiting and diarrhea, and even irritability.
Sometimes picking a recovery center is challenging; some centers work well for one person but may not meet the needs of another patient. Bringing in loved ones can help make this step easier as they can provide additional support in the decision-making process.
The Recovery Village has several options to meet the needs of all our patients. We offer inpatient treatment programs for people with a severe Buprenex addiction. Our inpatient program offers group and individual therapy, constant supervision to ensure a safe detox, and medications are provided to aid in the recovery process. Our therapy sessions can help a person discover the causes of their substance abuse and offer coping methods to help prevent further use. The Recovery Village also offers continuing therapy through our outpatient program or as a first option.
If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction to Buprenex, start your road to recovery the right way by visiting our website at www.TheRecoveryVillage.com. You may speak to one of our representatives over the phone by calling our confidential, 24/7 toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825.
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