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When taken appropriately, Subutex is not harmful. However, it may indeed be harmful and addictive when misused.
Subutex is one brand-name formulation of a medication known as buprenorphine. As a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, buprenorphine shares some properties with other opioid substances such as:
In the early 2000s, buprenorphine was approved to treat opioid addiction and dependence, which means that if someone was physically dependent on an opioid, they could be prescribed buprenorphine to counter the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that can lead to relapse.
Subutex is not to be confused with Suboxone. Both contain buprenorphine, and both are used to treat opioid dependence–the difference is that Subutex is comprised of buprenorphine only, whereas Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is what’s known as an opioid receptor antagonist–i.e., a substance intended to reverse or block the effects of opioids in the body.
Although Subutex is meant to treat opioid dependence, it is an opioid substance itself. Perhaps ironically, it can thus be abused, and its misuse can eventually lead to addiction.
You are not alone. In 2013, there were nearly 2.4 million reports of people that had abused or were dependent on opioids—such as heroin—or prescription painkillers. Many will find treatment.
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