Buprenorphine, which IS a narcotic, is the main igredient in the Suboxone, but it's just mixed with naloxone to stop abuse. Kinda like how methadone was once just for addiction, it's now being used more and more for pain. They're doing clinical trials right now on Buprenorphine patches which will be just used for chronic pain. and this Buprenex which is also Buprenorphine for chronic pain also. It has all the same effects and side effects as any other narcotic, but it's made so it blocks out other narcotics cause of the way it sticks to receptors, and when snorted or injected, the naloxone stops it from having any effect. But when it's absorbed under the tongue like it's suppose to, the naloxone has absoutly no effect. Actually right now they're also doing trials on oxycodone and morphine mixed eith naloxone/naltrexone to stop abuse and tolerence also. I hope this helps some, it is a confusing drug to explain, it's actually very awesome the way it works, especailly that it works so fast cause it goes straight to the blood stream from under the tongue. And doctors are starting to prescribe it more for pain, cause they like that people cant abuse it and you cant get a tolerence to it. I really love the fact that when I take it at night, I know I will wake up in the morning not feeling any withdrawals like I did with other long acting narcotics. It is a very very expensive drug, but it is going generic this October, so more and more people will be able to afford it. I started taking it cause I had way too much of a tolerence to opiates, and it wasnt helping at all with my pain, and I tried to taper off, but it never worked, so I researched the Suboxone and decided to try it, and it hs been a wonderful experience for me. hope this helps some.
26 year old Female , single mother of 2 kids, on SSI for migraines, pain, pancreas issues
All the things broken with me: Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Chronic lower back pain that causes severe pain/numbness/tingling especially to my left leg,Arthiritis in my back, Genetic Pancreatic Divisum that causes chronic pancreatitas, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic attacks, Bipolar
Prescription Meds:Suboxone 24mgs daily, Cymbalta 60mg nightly, Lyrica 50mgs nightly, Imitrex as needed, Ibprofen 800 twice daily, Zanaflex as needed, Ventolin as needed for asthma attacks, Advair twice daily
Over the counter meds: Benadryl nightly for itching due to meds (not sure which one yet), and Biofreeze
Surgeries: Gallbladder removed at 15 years old, 2 ERCPs, stent put in pancreas, countless upper GI scopes, marsupilized bartholin gland cyst
"Never go to a doctor's office whose plants has died."