Suboxone and Subutex are two drugs specifically developed to treat opioid addiction. They both contain buprenorphine, which belongs to a class of medications called partial mu-opioid agonists. Buprenorphine helps reduce cravings for opioids and prevents withdrawal symptoms. The main difference between Suboxone and Subutex is that Suboxone contains both buprenorphine and naloxone while Subutex contains only buprenorphine.
While the two drugs have the same goal, they work in different ways, and some people prefer one over the other. Let's take a closer look at these two drugs and how they can help those struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD).
What is Subutex?
Subutex, a brand name for buprenorphine (generic), is a medication used to help treat people suffering from opioid addiction. Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in Subutex, and it works by blocking the effects of other opioids. This prevents cravings and withdrawal symptoms from developing, making it easier for a person to quit using drugs altogether. However, because it is a Schedule III controlled substance, Subutex must be prescribed by a clinician and cannot be bought over the counter.
Possible Subutex Side Effects
The commonly known side effects of Subutex include:
- Stomach pain
- Warmth or tingly feeling
- Increased sweating
- Back pain
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
If you are experiencing any of these Subutex side effects, contact your provider for further assistance.