Why Seek a Subutex Detox Program?

Subutex® is a medication that contains buprenorphine and is used for the treatment of opiate / opioid addiction. A Subutex detox effectively reduces the harsher symptoms of opiate withdrawal syndrome. Because of the reduced withdrawal symptoms and cravings, Subutex® users may find it easier to go through the detox process, complete a rehab treatment program, avoid relapse, and recover.

What is Subutex Detox?

If a patient is diagnosed with an opioid / opiate addiction, a doctor may prescribe Subutex® as part of a medically managed detoxification process. A Subutex detox eases the withdrawal symptoms patients feel coming off the opioid / opiate drugs.

Your doctor will determine how long Subutex® treatment will last.

Subutex® may be combined with counseling and behavioral therapies, like one of the outpatient treatment programs offered by Advanced Health and Education.

What are the Side Effects of Subutex®?

The most common side-effects of Subutex® include:

  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings
  • Possible respiratory depression

How is Subutex® Different from Other Opiates / Opioids?

Subutex® contains buprenorphine.

Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid medication used for pain management. Buprenorphine has some – but not all – of the effects of opiates like heroin.  Buprenorphine blocks pain like other opiates/opioids, but does not cause the same euphoric effect when taken as directed. Buprenorphine also blocks the effects of other opioids and decreases cravings.

What are the Symptoms of Withdrawal After Subutex Detox?

Patients should be aware that there are some mild withdrawal symptoms when coming off of Subutex at the end of treatment, but they are much more mild than the withdrawal symptoms that would be felt coming of other opiates / opioids.

Subutex withdrawal symptoms typically begin the first day ingestion stops and can include:

  • Depression
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Watery eyes
  • Stomach cramps/diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Sleepiness
  • Aches and pains
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

What to do Before Beginning Subutex Detox

Before beginning Subutex detox, patients should advise their doctors of any recent narcotics use, or any of the following:

  • Any allergy to Buprenorphine
  • Kidney or liver problems
  • Constipation/bowel conditions
  • Respiration problems (asthma, apnea, sleep apnea, COPD)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Seizures
  • Brain tumors
  • Thyroid or adrenal gland problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding
  • Muscle weakness
  • Head injury
  • Enlarged prostate or urination problems
  • History of mental illness/psychosis
  • HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis (B or C)

Call Us for Referrals to Subutex Detox Treatment and Addiction Help

Please call our rehab center in New Jersey for a free consultation to find information on available detox treatment programs for you or your loved one. Call our NJ rehab center 24 hours a day at 888-687-6977, or contact us here.