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Subutex and the law
As long as it is prescribed Subutex is legal to possess.
What is subutex?
Subutex belongs to a group of pain killing drugs called opioids and is a form of buprenorphine hydrochloride, others of which include methadone, morphine and heroin. Subutex is used to be a substitute for other opioids as it contains a higher dose of buprenorphine and can be prescribed as a maintenance dose or part of a detoxification regime.
What does it look like?
Subutex is supplied as an oval white tablet which comes in two dosage strengths of 2mg and 8mg. The tablet has a sword logo embossed on one side and either B2 or B8 on the reverse depending upon the dosage.
How is it used?
The tablets are placed under the users tongue to dissolve. Tablets should not be chewed or swallowed or they will not work properly and may cause withdrawal symptoms.
What are the effects?
Subutex works as a substitute opiate to relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Although it is a substitute for heroin the effects such as pain relief, feelings of euphoria, drowsiness and nausea are far less pronounced.
When do the effects start and how long do they last?
What are the risks?
If other opiates are taken whilst the user is on subutex they will suffer withdrawal symptoms. It works by stopping opioids having an effect on the brainbrain, effects are not felt even though the opioid is present in the body. This increases the risk of overdose when the effect of subutex wears off. Overdoses may also occur if it is taken with other medication or alcohol. Subutex may cause the blood pressure to drop which may result in light-headedness and fainting.
Is it addictive?
While buprenorphine's primary purpose is to treat opiate addiction, it can still cause drug dependence. Some evidence suggests that subutex can be habitual and addictive and be a problem for users.
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