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A combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone make up the drug called Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction.
However, the naloxone content in the drug blocks the effects of opiods like morphine, heroin and codeine. The Buprenorphine is a medication for opioids and is similar to morphine, codeine and heroine. However it produces less euphoric effects and may be easier to stop taking.
Suboxone should only be taken if prescribed by a doctor because it could cause dependency on drugs while treating the addiction. If one stops taking it suddenly withdrawal symptoms could ensue. Your doctor should monitor your reaction to Suboxone from the time you begin taking it until the doctor takes you off of it.
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Anyone with lung, liver, kidney, gallbladder, adrenal gland, thyroid, and many other bodily problems such as pregnancy as Suboxone would get into breast milk, should tell your doctor about these problems as you may not be able to take Suboxone. You may require monitoring by your doctor if any of the above conditions are present in your body.
Suboxone tablets should be placed under the tongue two at a time and then any remaining tablets should be administered in the same manner until completely dissolved. Your doctor should also be contacted before any change in dosage.
Suboxone tablets should never be chewed or swallowed, nor should Suboxone ever be “shot up” with syringes. Six or eight glasses of water should be taken daily to avoid constipation while taking Suboxone. Taking other forms of fiber can also lessen the chances of getting constipation.
Only your doctor should dictate when you are ready to stop taking Suboxone, as it is not for occasional or as needed use. You should never quit or change the prescribed dosage on your own as severe withdrawal symptoms could occur. However, your doctor may want to reduce the dosage before actually having you quit altogether.