Short and Long-Term Effects of Using Subutex


Subutex is brand name of medication called buprenorphine. It is a partial opioid and shares some properties like heroin, morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.

In the past, buprenorphine was allowed legally to treat heroin addiction. It means to counter withdrawal symptoms, which otherwise can cause relapse.

Subutex is formulated to treat addiction but is an opioid substance. Ironically, users can misuse it causing an addiction. Let’s understand its effects when used as prescribed and dangers of Subutex abuse.

Subutex short term effects

When used according to prescription Subutex can –

  • Reduce cravings for opioid
  • Risk of opioid overdose decreases
  • Lowers opioid misuse in future by hindering their effects

Subutex reveals ‘ceiling effect’, which means when dosing increases the desired effect of substance gradually stabilizes. Taking more does not cause positive effects.

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It is a substance, which offers partial opioid response, which means same effects like prescription painkillers or heroin are reproduced but at less degree. It includes –

  • Reduced pain sensation
  • Mild feel of euphoria
  • Slow breathing
  • Mental & physical relaxation

Undesired side effects

  • Vomiting & nausea
  • Cramping & muscle pain
  • Fever & dizziness
  • Issues with sleep quality & quantity
  • Constipation
  • Increase in cravings for substance

Subutex long term effects

Long term Subutex abuse effects are mild in comparison to full agonist opioids. Risks are connected with pre-existing health issues like asthma and liver problems. Therefore, before you go on Subutex regimen discuss your medical history with the health provider.

Non-adherence to prescribed dose parameters can increases risks to pre-existing conditions as well as become more dose-dependent.

Subutex may interact with other prescribed medication like antidepressants. You may suffer from cardiovascular collapse or respiratory depression.

Subutex taken within six hours of taking heroin or other opioid then you can suffer from nasty withdrawals. Therefore, listen to your doctor and be honest about last opiate use.

If you are a victim of Subutex abuse then get enrolled at a rehab and take professional help.

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