What is Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine is an analgesic or painkiller that is a semi-synthetic, opioid partial agonist. In layperson’s terms, an opioid partial agonist activates the opioid receptors in the brain, but not as much as a full agonist. Agonist is a term used in biochemistry. It means a substance that initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor.  

In short, buprenorphine can produce some of the most common effects of opioids like euphoria and respiratory depression, but to a much lesser degree. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), with buprenorphine there is a lower potential for misuse. It diminish the effects of physical dependence to opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and increases safety where overdose is concerned.

Buprenorphine serves as the latest advance in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). It is used to help people reduce or quit an addiction to heroin or other opiates, and pain relievers like morphine. It was approved for clinical use in October 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Buprenorphine is most effect when used in combination with counseling, behavioral therapies, support and fellowship programs. The idea is to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of opioid dependency. When taken as prescribed, buprenorphine is safe and effective. It is the first medication permitted to be prescribed or dispensed in a physician’s office, community hospital, health department, or correctional facility.

Like with opioids, side effects of buprenorphine can include: nausea, vomiting, constipation, muscle aches and cramps, cravings, sleep problems, irritability and distress and fever. As with any drug, there’s a potential for misuse. Advice for taking buprenorphine is stringent.

The significant rise in overdose deaths, in part as a result of illegal drug trafficking in America combined with unregulated amounts of fentanyl, warrants practical and partial solutions such as buprenorphine treatment. With knowledge and use of this treatment, Americans who struggle and suffer from an opioid addiction have a greater chance to avoid overdose or death, and make a lifesaving shift into recovery and the joy of living.

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