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Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/spotlight-buprenorphine-patches/ 

Belonging to the family of medications used to assist opioid addiction, Buprenorphine is a increasingly popular drug in addiction treatment. It is an opioid itself and is used in "Opioid Substitution Therapy", replacing more dangerous drugs like heroin or OxyContin. Buprenorphine Patches are a relatively new form of the drug, allowing patients an extended slow release of medicine. Are these new patches more effective in assisting opioid maintenance? Are there any drawbacks to patches compared to the traditional tablets?

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How It Works

Medical information provided by the companies behind Buprenorphine claims:

Buprenorphine is used to help you keep off street drugs such as heroin. It can prevent or reduce the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you stop using such drugs. It is a medicine that is similar to heroin and works as a replacement treatment. Many people choose to stay on Buprenorphine long-term, although some people gradually reduce their dose and come off it.

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Posted by on in Drug Addiction

Physicians who treat opioid addiction also have the option of utilizing "medication-assisted treatment," and the most common medications used in the treatment of opioid dependence today are methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine (Suboxone).  Medication-assisted treatment options benefit patients in staying sober while reducing the side effects of withdrawal and curbing cravings.

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