Suboxone strips, sometimes referred to as Suboxone film, is a dissolvable strip containing the opioid buprenorphine and naloxone, the active ingredients in Suboxone. The strips/films can be administered sublingually (under the tongue) or placed inside the cheek where they rapidly dissolve.
Suboxone is an opioid drug that is commonly used for the relief of withdrawal symptoms related to the use of more powerful opioids such as heroin. It can also be used for the treatment of moderate in low dosages.
The Buprenorphine that is present in Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist – in other words, it works in the brain in the same manner that other, stronger opioids do, but produces milder effects.
Naloxone, also present in Suboxone, prevents the medication from being abused. This combination makes Suboxone an excellent medication to treat opioid addiction or ease pain with less risk of dependency or misuse.
How To Take Suboxone Strips
- There are two ways to administer Suboxone strips- sublingual or through the insides of the cheek. Moreover, the films can be placed under the tongue or on either the left or right side of the inside of the cheek. Either way, the strip is left to dissolve easily without further concern.
- The important thing to remember regarding Suboxone strips is they should be dissolved completely. It cannot be chewed, swallowed, or cut to get the expected potency.
- Using this sublingual administration, people who need help to recover from opioid dependence don’t need to take Suboxone in form anymore. One of the common disadvantages of taking the drug as a pill is the process is not as discreet compared to the film and also may have a greater potential for abuse.
Suboxone Strips Side Effects
Side effects of using Suboxone strips are identical to those of Suboxone in pill form. While Suboxone is indicated to treat severe addictions, it’s also a psychoactive drug, so medical professionals must be particularly careful when prescribing it. In the short term, users typically feel relaxed and calm. The drug’s effects include a feeling of peacefulness that can endure as long as two days.
Still, some people may abuse it which may result in side effects, such as the following:
To avoid adverse side effects of Suboxone strips, patients should only use it as directed and in combination with a comprehensive addiction treatment plan.
Unfortunately, some people abuse the drug for non-medical purposes while not participating in a rehab program. If Suboxone is taken in conjunction with the abuse of other depressants such as alcohol or benzodiazepines, side effects can be much more severe. Breathing problems and even death can result from traumatic central nervous system depression.