Subutex is often used to treat opiate withdrawal for those who end up dependent on opioids such as prescription painkillers and heroin. It is extremely helpful to those going through detox because it can stop the effects of withdrawal, namely what’s commonly known as “dope sickness.”


Popular opiate drugs include codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, Dilaudid, methadone, Percocet, Oxycontin, and morphine. Heavy, prolonged use of any of these can cause a physical dependency, or addiction. If the user suddenly quits taking the drug, they will likely experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

These include:


  • anxiety
  • restlessness
  • bone and muscle aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • sweating


Luckily, the active ingredient in Subutex, buprenorphine hydrochloride works to reduce symptoms of opiate dependence. When taken at a low dose, it is possible to detox from the drugs without experiencing any of the negative side effects mentioned earlier. However, Subutex is only available as prescribed by certified doctors in a limited number of clinics.


Usually the drug is given to patients during the first few days of rehab to help them feel normal and energetic enough to participate in other aspects of treatment. Another drug called Suboxone is usually prescribed in its place after the initial few days, because it has an additional ingredient that helps prevent misuse, called naloxone. Continued use of Subutex could lead to abuse.


Be sure to use the drug properly, meaning only if a personal doctor has prescribed it. Sharing medicine is never a good idea. Talk openly with the doctor about all medical conditions when planning a detox. If any of the following apply, Subutex is not a good option.


  • the patient is allergic to buprenorphine or any other active ingredients in the drug
  • the patient has been diagnosed with brain or mental conditions, liver or kidney problems, head injuries, or gallbladder problems
  • the patient is pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as effects on babies are unknown


In combination with therapy and other techniques in treatment, Subutex can be a great addition to help achieve recovery. As with all rehabs, individual treatment plans will vary based upon each patient.


For help finding a qualified doctor, consult this resource where users can search for authorized physicians by state. Dealing with addiction and recovery is difficult. Treatment Now has a staff of recovery experts who are available to answer any questions, so call today for assistance.