What Is Suboxone?

How It Is Used to Treat Addiction

What Is Suboxone

Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction. It’s a combination of the opioid buprenorphine and medication naloxone. The thought of using one opioid medication to treat opioid addiction can seem counterintuitive. Learn what suboxone treats, why it works, and what the risks are.

What Is Suboxone?

What It’s Used to Treat

Suboxone is used to reduce the cravings for addictive opioids like heroin, codeine, fentanyl, and oxycodone. When someone is undergoing treatment for an opioid addiction, this medication can be used to manage withdrawal symptoms while they detox. It can also be used to help control cravings while they work toward recovery.

It is a part of a recovery plan and not a cure. Suboxone should be taken in conjunction with other therapeutic methods.

How It Works

The buprenorphine prevents other opioids from binding to opioid receptors in the nervous system, preventing the addictive substances from affecting the brain. Naloxone reverses the symptoms of an opioid overdoes, blocking and reversing the effects of opioids on a person’s nervous system. The combination helps prevent an opioid addict from experiencing the desired high typically caused by drug use.


Suboxone is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance. That means it has medical value but still has a moderate risk of addiction. Like most medications, it can cause side effects including anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, and more. These effects usually subside after several days.

Do not stop your suboxone treatment without consulting your doctor. If your doctor prescribes this medication, it is because the benefits outweigh the risks.  

Take Your First Step Toward Recovery Today.

Recovery is possible. North Star Treatment Services offers intensive outpatient care for individuals with substance use disorders. We are located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Call us today at 610-265-2215 to learn if our program is right for you.