Buprenorphine Transdermal System Addiction
Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, but it’s unique from some other opioids. Buprenorphine is classified as a partial opioid agonist. As a result, buprenorphine causes less euphoria than other opioids and has a lower risk of physical dependence and misuse. There is a ceiling on the opioid effects of buprenorphine, meaning using over a certain amount isn’t going to cause heightened effects. Along with the use of the Butrans transdermal patch, buprenorphine is also used as an opioid dependence treatment. Buprenorphine can help reduce withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent people and also reduce cravings for opioids. Buprenorphine can block the effects of other opioids and can help people remain in addiction treatment programs.
- Butrans 5 mcg/hour: 45×45 mm
- Butrans 7.5 mcg/hour: 45×58 mm
- Butrans 10 mcg/hour: 45×68 mm
- Butran 15 mcg/hour: 59×72 mm
- Butrans 20 mcg/hour: 72×72 mm
Buprenorphine does stimulate opioid receptors but also partially. If someone took buprenorphine or used the transdermal patch and then used heroin as an example, there wouldn’t be an effect. The most intense effects of buprenorphine would typically be felt in someone who hadn’t previously used opioids or who wasn’t opioid-tolerant. However, buprenorphine is usually only prescribed to people who are already opioid-tolerant. Because buprenorphine transdermal patches have time-released medications in them, some people attempt to chew them or misuse them in other ways to get high. There is the risk of an overdose when doing this, and again, it’s not likely to produce the level of euphoria experienced with other opioids.
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