What is buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine or subutex, which is its trade name, is one of a number of synthetic opiates that are manufactured for medical use and have similar effects to heroin and morphine.
Buprenorphine is mainly used today as a substitute for heroin, in an attempt to relieve some of the problems associated with heroin addiction. Buprenorphine is different from Methadone and Heroin because it does not have such a strong effect on the brain.
How is buprenorphine taken?
Buprenorphine is usually taken orally, it is placed under the tongue and dissolved there for about 5-10 minutes. If the drug is chewed or swallowed it will not work.
What are the side effects of taking buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine can cause unexpected drops in blood pressure, which could result in feeling faint or fainting if you get up too quickly from a lying or sitting position. Buprenorphine can also have side effects such as headaches, insomnia, nausea and constipation.
What are the long-term effects of taking buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is addictive and overdose can occur if taken with other medication or with alcohol.
What class of drug is buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is a class C drug, the maximum penalty for possession is 2 years in jail plus an unlimited fine. The maximum penalty for supplying or intent to supply is 14 years in jail plus an unlimited fine.