Buprenorphine, sold under the brand name SUBUTEX, among others, is an opioid used to treat opioid addiction, acute pain, and chronic pain. It can be used under the tongue, by injection, as a skin patch, or as an implant.SUBUTEX is the trade name for the partial opioid agonist buprenorphine. It is marketed for medically assisted addiction treatment—more specifically, it is used to treat opioid dependence, SUBUTEX is used to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and to help reduce cravings associated with opioid dependence. It can be used to initiate detoxification as well as for longer-term medical maintenance. It is available as a sublingual tablet which, when used properly, is placed under the tongue and dissolved.
The molecule binds to the same opioid receptors as heroin and, in doing so, subsequently blocks heroin’s ability to produce its full range of effects. While it elicits a weaker opioid effect than drugs like morphine and heroin, there is still potential for abuse due to feelings of euphoria it elicits.
SUBUTEX is used as part of a medical, social and psychological treatment program for patients dependent on opioids like heroin, morphine, oxycodone or codeine. SUBUTEX is used to help patients overcome this medical condition.
SUBUTEX tablets contain the active ingredient buprenorphine, hydrochloride). It acts as a substitute for opioids like heroin, morphine, oxycodone or codeine and it helps withdrawal from opioids over a period of time.