Buprenorphine – the active ingredient in Suboxone – helps patients enter and stay in treatment by:
- Relieving withdrawal symptoms
- Reducing cravings
- Reducing illicit opioid use
- Blocking the effects of other opioids
- Because Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, it binds strongly to the opioid receptors but does not produce the same euphoria – or “high” – that other opioids produce.
At an appropriate dose, Buprenorphine fills most receptors while blocking other opioids from attaching, thereby reducing the need for other opioids.