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Used as drug for recovering from opiate addiction, Subutex is administered as a pill that melts when placed under the tongue. The main active ingredient in Subutex is buprenorphine.

A report by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, found that more than 30,000 emergency room visits involved buprenorphine in 2010. Just five years prior, buprenorphine was implicated in just over 3,000 emergency room visits.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Subutex Use

Subutex has the same general effects as most other opiate drugs, primarily feelings of euphoria, mental calm, and muscle relaxation. Other common side effects of Subutex use include:

  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Stomach pains

  • Sweating
  • Stomach pains
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort

Complications of Subutex Abuse

As effective as Subutex is at treating addiction, it can be addictive itself when misused. That addiction that can cause a variety of problems to your health, but it poses an even bigger threat to your personal relationships. Addiction causes reckless behavior, which exhibits itself through isolating yourself or lashing out at loved ones. Subutex abuse is also associated with numerous physical complications, including:

  • Liver disease
  • Respiratory depression
  • Cardiovascular collapse

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Dangers of Subutex Abuse

Long-term Subutex use can lead to numerous dangers to your physical and mental health. Some of these dangers include:

  • Severe liver problems
  • Severe fatigue
  • Problems swallowing
  • Problems breathing
  • Completely stopped breathing

Symptoms of Subutex Addiction

Addiction is a chemical dependency brought on by changes in the amount of hormones in your system. Subutex, for example, can trigger a flood of dopamine to your system. Among other things, dopamine causes feelings of reward, so you may continue taking Subutex for that sense of reward. To adjust, your brain will also produce less dopamine normally, which forces you to take more Subutex to feel normal.

Some common symptoms of Subutex addiction include:

  • Taking larger doses of Subutex than your doctor prescribes
  • Resorting to illegal means of obtaining Subutex
  • Using Subutex for its high and not its intended purpose
  • Neglecting responsibilities to use or obtain Subutex


  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain in the joints and bones
  • Fever
  • Flu symptoms
  • Sweating

Medical Intervention for Subutex Addiction

Medication has a key role in the recovery process. When applied properly, it is designed to fix chemical imbalances, soothe withdrawal symptoms, and keep your cravings at bay. For Subutex, your doctor may prescribe methadone and other opiate antagonists, but Subutex abusers may also feel more comfortable with counseling and therapy.

Subutex Detox Process

The goal of detox is to allow your body to flush out the harmful chemicals that have built up in your system from drug abuse. This is usually accomplished by administering medication and tapering off drug use.

Inpatient care is your best option for detox treatment. With inpatient care, you stay in a safe, supportive environment to focus on your detox. You also have immediate access to a medical staff for whatever you need. The staff can administer medication, provide counseling for emotional support, and develop personalized treatment plans to help you on your journey.

Sustainable Sobriety is Possible

Detox is just the first step in the recovery process. Detox usually leads directly into a longer rehabilitation program, which works more on you as a person. Through rehab, you can develop your personal character and gain tools and knowledge to cope with your addiction and maintain sobriety for long-term health.

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