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What is Subutex?
Subutex is an opioid pain reliever, available in the form of oral sublingual tablets, injections, buccal films, etc., and used to treat chronic and acute pain.
It is also an effective medication for treating and maintaining opioid withdrawal symptoms.
- Always remember that using Subutex (sublingual tablets, injection, buccal films, etc.) is only a part of treatment; follow your doctor’s advice to make the medication more effective.
- You may need frequent medical checkups while using Subutex.
- Keep Subutex in your custody at the suggested atmospheric condition and dispose of all the leftover medicine once done with the treatment.
- You can either buy the medicine online or offline, provided that you should have a proper prescription from a doctor. It is because buying or selling without an appropriate prescription is not permitted under the law, and authorities may hold you liable for punishment if you do so.
- Please consult your doctor to learn more about the risks and benefits of the medicine and ask your doctor about all other necessary precautions that you should take while using Subutex.
What to know before taking Subutex?
Subutex is a highly addictive and habit-forming drug, and, therefore, it is advisable to take care of certain precautions while taking medicine. Please consider the following things before initiating your treatment with Subutex:
- Using Subutex might not be safe for you if you are allergic to it or any of its components or similar drugs.
- Please avoid taking Subutex if you have or ever had the following
- health disorders:
- Sleep apnea or other breathing disorders
- An unusual curvature of the spinal cord affecting your breathing
- Liver disease
- Kidney disorders
- Enlarged prostate
- Difficulty while urinating
- Severe head injury or brain tumor
- Hallucination or any other mental illness
- Problems in the functioning of the gall bladder or pancreas
- Thyroid disorder
- Avoid taking Subutex if you are an alcoholic or drug addict.
- You should not take Subutex if you have taken any narcotic pain
- medication in the last four days.
- Subutex is not safe to use during pregnancy or lactation period; it can
- harm your child and make your child dependent on the drug. It can
- also cause some congenital disabilities to the newborn.
- Sudden withdrawal of Subutex can be fatal. Please consult your
- doctor before leaving it; your doctor will gradually decrease your
- medicine dose to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
How to take Subutex?
Subutex is available in different forms, such as sublingual tablets, intravenous injections, buccal films, etc., and therefore, you need proper guidance before using this medication. It is an opioid pain medication that affects your brain and nervous system to reduce pain. However, it can deteriorate your health even more if taken inappropriately.
You should consult your health expert before taking it and follow all the necessary instructions and directions while taking medicine.
Please talk to your doctor if you don’t feel any improvement in your health condition or it is getting even worse.
It is an effective medicine for treating moderate to severe chronic or acute pain. You should consult your doctor for suitable Subutex dosages to ensure that the medication you are using is safe and effective. You can easily get the medicine online or offline and use it as prescribed by your doctor.
Your doctor will initiate your pain treatment with the medicine’s minimum possible dose and gradually adjust your medicine dose as and when required. To determine the best suitable dosages for you, your doctor should examine you thoroughly. Your doctor will recommend Subutex dosage keeping the following factors in mind:
- Age of the patient
- Weight of the patient
- The medical condition of the patient
The following are the usual Subutex dosage that your doctor can prescribe you:
Dosage for treating severe pain
In the buccal dosage form
- For adults
75 mcg of the medicine, as a single dose, or after every 12 hours for four days.
- For children
Using Subutex for children to treat pain is not recommended.
Dosage for treating and managing opioid withdrawal
In the form of oral tablets
- For adults
4 mg to 24 mg of the medicine, once a day; Your doctor may adjust your medicine dose as and when required.
- For children
Using Subutex for children to treat and manage opioid withdrawal might not be safe.
Subutex overdose may happen if you have taken medicine in excess or used it without consulting your doctor. You probably know that Subutex overdose can be dangerous and may cause you the following Overdose symptoms:
- Dizziness or drowsiness
- Cold and clammy skin
- Pinpoint pupils
- Slow heart rate
- Weak pulse rate
Ignoring these overdose symptoms is not advisable. You should consult your doctor if you need any medical assistance. You can also seek emergency medical help by calling the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222.
What to avoid while using Subutex?
Subutex is a dangerous medicine and may result in death if combined with alcohol.
You can feel dizziness or drowsiness after taking Subutex as your thought process might be impaired if you have consumed Subutex; therefore, please avoid driving and performing activities that require you to be focused and alert.
Avoid taking herbal products, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements simultaneously with Subutex. They can dangerously interact with the medicine.
Subutex side effects
Subutex affects your brain and nervous system and may cause you the following side effects:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Unusual sweating
- Sleeping disorders such as insomnia
Although it is obvious to experience these mild side effects after using Subutex, you should not worry too much about them unless they bother you too much. However, please consult your doctor if these mild side effects are unbearable and causing you too much trouble.
- Please stop taking Subutex and seek emergency medical assistance ASAP if you experience the following health issues while taking Subutex:
- Symptoms of opioid withdrawal including shivering, goosebumps, increased sweating, feeling hot or cold, runny nose, watery eyes, diarrhea, muscular pain
- Noisy breathing
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Sleep apnea (breathing that stops while sleeping
- Slow and irregular heartbeats
- Weak pulse rate
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- Difficulty in breathing
- The low cortisol level in the body resulting in nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness or drowsiness, tiredness, weakness, etc
- Problems in the functioning of the liver causing nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice
- Serotonin syndrome causing agitation, hallucinations, fever, unusual sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, stiff muscles, twitching in the muscles, loss of coordination, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, etc
- Any other allergic reaction to the medicine
What drugs can interact with Subutex?
Some medicines can dangerously interact with Subutex can deteriorate your health even more; therefore, please tell your physician if you are using any of the following medication before starting your treatment with Subutex:
- Cold or allergy medication
- Medicines to treat asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders
- (COPD), and other breathing disorders
- Water pills
- Opioid pain medication
- Narcotic drugs
- Sleeping pills
- Muscles relaxants
- Medicines used for treating mood or behavioral disorders or other
- mental illnesses
Medicines for treating Parkinson’s disorder and migraine headache In addition to these medicines, the following drugs can also affect your health if used simultaneously with Subutex:
- Antifungal medications
- Medications used for maintaining blood pressure level
- Heart medication
- Antiseizure medications
- Medicine to treat HIV or hepatitis C
- Other over-the-counter medicines