Suboxone contains two active ingredients: Buprenorphine and Naloxone. The combination of the two ingredients works by reducing cravings for opioids such as fentanyl, codeine, heroin, and oxycodone.
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that works by imitating the action of the opioid but in less potency and less addiction tendency. This helps patients to stop opioids safely without the vigorous withdrawal effects.
Naloxone works by reversing the symptoms of opioids overdose because naloxone is typically an opioid antagonist. Naloxone blocks and reverses the effects that opioids have on the central nervous system. The purpose of combining naloxone with buprenorphine is to prevent patients from overdosing on Suboxone. Naloxone also reduces the risk of relapse by removing the euphoric sensation that is associated normally with opioids.
Healthy Lives prescribes Suboxone on weekly, biweekly, and monthly intervals. Frequency is determined by individual progress and needs.