Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) with a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist that was developed for the treatment of OUD. It interacts with the same receptors as full agonists but has a lower ceiling effect and less potential for misuse. The buprenorphine mechanism of action has advantages over other treatments for this condition. It allows providers to safely treat people with buprenorphine as part of their long-term management plan after detoxifying from opioids. You should only access Suboxone or buprenorphine treatment under the guidance of a qualified provider.
To enjoy the convenience of virtual buprenorphine treatment for OUD, reach out to the prescribers at Confidant Health’s online Suboxone clinic. Our team can provide you with a virtual assessment, prescribe Suboxone care, and conduct teletherapy sessions to help you navigate a healthy recovery from opioids.
Buprenorphine and Opioid Misuse
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, so it has less potential for misuse and a lower ceiling effect than full agonists like oxycodone or hydrocodone. A lower ceiling effect means that you will not experience as much euphoria by taking the medication. This can be beneficial because you are less likely to develop a dependence on buprenorphine or experience an overdose.
The buprenorphine mechanism of action offers a safer, more effective method of managing OUD. For individuals trying to address opioid use disorder, buprenorphine can minimize withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings for opioids. You will feel more comfortable and less compelled to access other opioids, with a lesser risk of dependence or addiction than full agonist OUD medications like methadone.