Opioids trigger the release of dopamine in the brain. The release of dopamine creates the sensation of feeling high. Buprenorphine, the central ingredient in Suboxone, a buprenorphine/naloxone combination product, is a partial opioid agonist. Suboxone’s partial opioid properties can mislead and manifest the belief that, like opioids, Suboxone can make you high. Opioids cause cognitive impairment, sedation, and addiction. Suboxone does not.
Can Suboxone Get You High?
You must be in withdrawal before starting Suboxone treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). When placed under the tongue as directed, you cannot get high from Suboxone. Knowing how to take your medication properly is crucial. Don’t swallow the medication, and don’t swallow saliva that has medication in it. If you swallow it, it does not work. Suboxone is formulated to dissolve sublingually. It only works if it is absorbed under the tongue. If you swallow the residual fluid, you can experience an upset stomach and headache. For more information see How the Suboxone Spit Trick Works.
How Long Does It Take For Suboxone to Dissolve?
Moisten your mouth first, then place the film at the base of the tongue. Allow the suboxone film to dissolve completely under the tongue. Do not consume nicotine or caffeine 15 minutes before, during, or 15 minutes after the medication dissolves. Once the film disappears, spit out what remains. See How the Suboxone Spit Trick Works for more on this. Avoid chewing gum and smokeless tobacco products also.