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How Are Subutex and Suboxone Different?
Subutex and Suboxone both contain buprenorphine. Suboxone contains naloxone as well.
See What Is Suboxone for more details.
When Do We Use Subutex Instead of Suboxone?
Suboxone is the preferred prescription for outpatient narcotic detox and maintenance. The FDA, DEA, American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Suboxone manufacturer, and addictionists prefer Suboxone over Subutex because of the reduced risk of abuse. Subutex is priced higher than Suboxone to reinforce this. Subutex is used under these circumstances: in the hospital for detox, in pregnancy, if the patient is allergic to the naloxone in Suboxone, or a patient has side effects from Suboxone that may be due to naloxone. Symptoms that may be due to the naloxone in the Suboxone being absorbed in a patient are swelling, jerks, or narcotic withdrawal symptoms that can’t be controlled by Suboxone.
Subutex is used during pregnancy. There is more experience using buprenorphine than naloxone during pregnancy and buprenorphine appears to be fairly safe for the fetus.
If you or someone you love requires help from Suboxone,
contact Excel Pain Consultants at 724.656.6086
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