Suboxone and Subutex – both of this have been approved when it comes to treatment of opiate addiction. They are both quite effective, as is methadone but what is the difference between them?
Buprenorphine, the active ingredient in both
This is the main ingredient in both Suboxone and Subutex and takes place in your brain to replace other opiates.
Basically, the buprenorphine present in these will satisfy your brain, filling and activating its opiate receptors, in a way that you won’t feel the regular withdrawal symptoms.
This is also a drug that is considered “sticky” because it hangs on to your brain so well. If you were to take heroin and buprenorphine at the same time, heroin would be kicked of your brain receptors by the other, not allowing you to feel the high from that opiate and at the same time, still giving your brain the necessary to avoid withdrawal symptoms, the so called ‘turkey’.
So what is the difference between them two?
Naloxone – present in Suboxone but not in Subutex.
Suboxone has two main ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. This second one is in the formula to avoid users from overdoing their medication. While the first one still activates the receptors, making you feel a kind of high, the second one only fills them, making you not feel the cravings.
However, naloxone is only present in a small quantity and if Suboxone is taken in the way you are supposed to, by letting the pill dissolve under your tongue, naloxone won’t ‘harm you’ because it will be entering your system slowly.
However, if you decide to abuse your prescription by, for example, shooting Suboxone you will feel the full withdrawal symptoms, even if you are high on any opiates, like heroin. This happens because the naloxone will stick to your brain’s receptors and “kick” anything else – meaning they’re full but not high. This state can’t be reversed by taking more drugs and if you abuse it, you will ave to hang on to it.