What is Buprenorphine?


Buprenorphine has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid addiction. Buprenorphine  can help treat opioid addiction by providing relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings. In comparison with methadone, which is a “full-agonist” opioid medication, buprenorphine is a “partial-agonist” opioid medication. This means that while it has opioid properties that allow for withdrawal relief, there is a “ceiling” in the dose effect. It is also most commonly formulated with other medications such as naloxone, which serves as an additional abuse deterrent. Suboxone, Bunavail and Zubsolv are commonly prescribed forms or buprenorphine with naloxone. Buprenorphine assisted treatment has been shown to be an effective form of treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction.  However, due to the limited relieving properties of buprenorphine, methadone may be the most effective form of treatment for those with a high level of dependency. Research continues to support the view that, like methadone, buprenorphine is most effective when part of a comprehensive treatment program that includes other support services such as counseling and case mangement. Give us a call today today to learn more about our buprenorphine programs.