Buprenorphine, often marketed under Suboxone, is a partial opiate agonist. It can block painful withdrawal symptoms and cravings as well as prevent other opioids from entering the receptor.
Buprenorphine can be used long term or short term and helps to reduce the cravings associated with opioid withdrawal.
Buprenorphine is the active ingredient which blocks other opioids from attaching to receptors in the brain. Naloxone is the second ingredient in the medicine. It prevents abuse.
When the medication is taken orally as prescribed it has no effect, but if Suboxone is injected the Naloxone will trigger immediate withdrawal symptoms. This works as a deterrent to abuse and can help you rebuild your life more rapidly in combination with counselling.