Safe, Confidential, Home-Based Opiate Detoxification
How SUBOXONE helps patients:
When a doctor starts patients on SUBOXONE, they should be experiencing mild to moderate withdrawal. At this point, the opioids from prescription painkillers or heroin have begun to leave the brain's opioid receptors. As these opioids move off the receptors, buprenorphine—the active ingredient in SUBOXONE—moves onto and attaches to the available receptors. Patients' withdrawal symptoms are usually suppressed as the receptors are occupied by the buprenorphine. SUBOXONE usually starts to have an effect within 30 to 60 minutes after the first dose.
With daily maintenance doses, SUBOXONE continues to keep the brain's opioid receptors occupied. Even if the patient uses another opioid at this point, the effects of that opioid will likely be blocked. By suppressing withdrawal symptoms, reducing cravings, and reducing illicit opioid use, SUBOXONE enables patients to remain in treatment, thereby increasing their chances of success.