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Sublocade & Suboxone – A Comparative Study

Sublocade & Suboxone – A Comparative Study

The presence of harmful agonists like opioid in pain killers is one of the chief reasons for regular Americans to fall prey to opioid dependence. The pleasurable or happy feelings that are generally experienced after unrestrained opioid consumption are called rewarding effects. These rewarding effects are likely to reinforce or increase the possibility of continued opioid use. 

Opioid addiction, also known as Opioid Use Disorder, is a chronic disease that can be completely cured with proper medical detox provided by the Suboxone treatment centres Norton. However, modern times demand improved addiction reversal treatment. Sublocade is ideal for catering to this need. 

The following is a comparative study between Sublocade and Suboxone with the aim of presenting to the reader an unbiased article that disseminates information regarding both these medicines. 

Similitude between Sublocade and Suboxone

  • Sublocade like Suboxone is a prescription opioid addiction reversal medication.
  • Sublocade like Suboxone is capable of blocking the rewarding effects of opioids and fortify a patient against the painful withdrawal symptoms.
  • Both Suboxone and Sublocade are medications that are prescribed and administered as part of a complete treatment plan that includes counselling and therapy including modern technologies and equipment.
  • Only specially trained doctors who are certified by the U.S. government may prescribe Sublocade and Suboxone to treat opioid use disorder in a patient.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved both Sublocade and Suboxone to treat opioid use disorder.
  • Sublocade like Suboxone is available only in a certified healthcare setting under a special program.
  • A patient must never stop receiving either Sublocade or Suboxone suddenly without consulting one’s doctor as it could result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
  • A patient must take certain precautions while being treated by both Sublocade and Suboxone. For example, while under the Sublocade treatment a patient should not drink alcohol, drive cars, after each injection one is likely to feel a small lump under the skin where the medicine was injected. The concerned patient should avoid rubbing or massaging the lump, or wearing tight clothing over the area. Similarly, In case of Suboxone, one must not eat, drink or smoke at least 30 minutes before and after taking the Suboxone medicine.
  • Neither Sublocade nor Suboxone is recommended in case of a pregnant or nursing woman.


Dissimilarity between Sublocade and Suboxone

  • Sublocade contains only Buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist), while Suboxone is a combination of both Buprenorphine and Naloxone (an opioid antagonist or an opioid blocker).
  • Sublocade is an injection that needs to be injected once a month under the patient’s skin by a trained and certified healthcare provider. Suboxone , on the other hand, is a pill that usually comes in the form of either tablet or film.
  • Sublocade injection is ideal for treating adults with moderate to severe addiction to opioid drugs (prescription or illegal) and is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old. Suboxone, however, can be safely administered to patients of all age groups and genders.
  • Sublocade is prescribed to those adults who have started addiction treatment with an oral form of Buprenorphine placed under the tongue or inside the cheek, such as Suboxone or Subutex at a dose that controls withdrawal symptoms for at least 7 days, while, Suboxone film and tablets are prescribed by doctors after a thorough medical usage and general background check of the patients.
  • Sublocade is injected once a month under the patient’s skin by a trained and certified healthcare provider. There should be a gap of at least 26 days between each injection whereas Suboxone tablet or film must be administered to the patient once a day.
  • While being under the Sublocade treatment a patient is recommended frequent blood tests to check his/her liver function. There is no requirement to adhere to any such rule in case of treatment for Suboxone addiction Norton.
  • Sublocade is given as an injection in a patient’s belly just under the skin (subcutaneous) whereas Suboxone medication comes as an oral film that dissolves under the patient’s tongue (sublingual) or between the patient’s gums and cheek (buccal) or an oral transmucosal (used under the tongue or inside the cheek).
  • Sublocade injection is given by a skilled and experienced healthcare provider in a clinic. However, a specific dosage of Suboxone tablet and film is prescribed by trained and certified physicians for take home purpose.
Sublocade & Suboxone
  • Sublocade is designed to deliver Buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist) at a controlled rate over a one-month period. But Suboxone, due to the presence of Buprenorphine, hinders the effects of opioids within 24 hours of taking the medication.
  • A patient may become physically dependent on Sublocade, and it is possible to have extremely mild withdrawal symptoms after stopping the Sublocade based treatment. However, Suboxone is so designed that a person may safely overcome his/her opioid dependence without being dependent on Suboxone itself.
  • Sublocade is given as an injection in a patient’s belly just under the skin. However, each Suboxone film contains two drugs: Buprenorphine and Naloxone. The presence of Naloxone discourages the crushing and dissolving of Suboxone in order to inject it into the patient’s blood stream. If one tries to inject Suboxone, the Naloxone would block the effects of any opioids in his/her body. This would cause instant withdrawal symptoms on the opioid addicted patient.
  • Sublocade is used only for maintenance treatment. That is to help keep a patient’s cravings and withdrawal symptoms under control when he/she undergoes long-term treatment with Buprenorphine. Suboxone, on the other hand, is used for induction treatment, that is, to control a patient’s withdrawal symptoms when he/she first stops taking other opioids. It is a comprehensive opioid addiction reversal treatment procedure.
  • In case of addiction reversal treatment using Sublocade doctors use Suboxone to reduce withdrawal symptoms whereby the use of opioids is first decreased or stopped. This is the induction phase of treatment. Treatment using Suboxone medication does not require any such induction phase. 

Final Words

A thorough perusal of the similarities and differences of Suboxone and Sublocade makes it clear that both the treatment procedures are designed so as to provide the best possible treatment to patients and help them overcome their opioid dependence. The doctors at Suboxone treatment clinics take pains to seek out the root cause of dependency of each patient by evaluating their medical usage history and their socio-economic background. After this they provide patients with the most compatible treatment. These along with the checking and eventual removal of the root cause of a person’s tendency to addiction aids in eventual elimination of addiction. Finally with their addiction reduced the patients leave as confident individuals.

Jax Brantley

The author Jax Brantley