Suboxone, a mixture of buprenorphine and naloxone, is a semi-synthetic mixed agonist-antagonist opioid receptor modulator primarily used to treat opioid addiction; however, it is also commonly used to treat acute or chronic pain. For individuals recovering from addiction to substances like heroin or other opioids, using Suboxone between doses helps to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay.
Designed to be administered sublingually (a strip placed under the tongue), Suboxone can also be taken as an implant, skin patch, pills or as an injectable. Some individuals use Suboxone recreationally as a substitute for heroin and, in these instances, it is often injected or smoked. When people abuse Suboxone, they are seeking to produce the same euphoric effects on the same opioid receptors in the brain. The resulting high may last longer but it has less intensity, furthering the need to take more Suboxone. However, there is a point in which the intensity of the high levels off and taking more Suboxone will have no effect on increasing that.
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