Suboxone is the first narcotic drug available for prescription from a doctor's office for use in the treatment of opioid dependence under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 or DATA 2000.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Suboxone in October of 2002 for use in the treatment of opioid addiction. The generic name for Suboxone is buprenorphine and naloxone; it is a combined form of these two generic drugs.
Naloxone is used to block the effect of opioids. Buprenorphine is similar in make up as opioids (it works on the same receptors in the brain) but it does not produce a euphoric "high" effect. This makes it easier to stop taking. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist; it stimulates opioid receptors but does not produce the same effects as an opioid would.
This drug is most often taken sublingually (dissolved under the tongue). Taken properly it can reduce opioid use, help people stay in drug rehab treatment, and depress the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
Suboxone must be prescribed by a certified doctor. Make sure to tell your doctor if you have lung, kidney, gallbladder, adrenal gland, thyroid, or prostate problems. Also, be sure to tell him if you have a history of a head injury, mental problems of any type, hallucinations or alcoholism. You may still be able to take Suboxone for your opioid addiction you just may require a dosage adjustment or extra monitoring. You should not under any circumstances take it if you are or think you may be pregnant. Do not take it if you are currently breastfeeding also.