Suboxone can be an invaluable component of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD). This FDA-approved medication helps alleviate withdrawal discomforts such as headaches, nausea, and cravings. However, Suboxone also carries a risk for misuse, especially when administered in methods other than those prescribed. If you are interested in Suboxone treatment for OUD, you should speak with a qualified provider. This is the only safe way to access Suboxone care.
If you have tried other medications for OUD treatment, you may be concerned about the potential risks of Suboxone. While the unique Suboxone composition reduces the potential for misuse, the risk is still there, so it is important that you seek Suboxone treatment under the guidance of a qualified provider. Reach out to Confidant Health’s online Suboxone clinic for safe, effective Suboxone treatment.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder. This medication consists of a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. The Suboxone composition is unique in that it is specifically designed to prevent misuse.
Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, interacts with opioid receptors in the brain to impart mild feelings of euphoria. Naloxone, an opioid antagonist, binds with opioid receptors and blocks the effects of other opioids.
Together, these Suboxone ingredients create a ceiling effect that prevents the medication from delivering more intense euphoric effects, such as those from opioid drugs like heroin or oxycodone. This ceiling effect is what sets Suboxone apart from other OUD medications. However, when used in methods other than prescribed, Suboxone can make you feel high and present various side effects.
Can You Smoke Suboxone?
Although Suboxone films and tablets are designed to be dissolved under your tongue, it is possible to misuse the medication by smoking it. Suboxone tablets can be crushed into a powder that is heated to produce vapors that are inhaled through a straw. Suboxone films can also be smoked by dissolving them in water, heating the liquid, and inhaling the vapors.
Misusing Suboxone by smoking it can damage the tissues of your mouth, throat, and lungs.
Can You Snort Suboxone?
Suboxone may also be misused by snorting the medication. The tablets can be crushed into a powder and inhaled to achieve a euphoric high not produced when using Suboxone as prescribed.
Snorting Suboxone can lead to irritation and tissue damage in your nasal cavity and put you at a higher risk of chronic sinus and respiratory infections.
Can You Inject Suboxone?
Injecting Suboxone is another way that the medication can be misused. The films may be dissolved in water, then filtered and injected intravenously.
Injecting Suboxone can make you vulnerable to viral infections such as HIV and hepatitis C. You may also experience irritation or infection at the injection site.