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How can buprenorphine help with treating prescription drug abuse?

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Buprenorphine is a drug that treats opiate withdrawal. It's often combined with the drug naloxone (a combination that can be called Suboxone, Bunavail, or Zubsolv) to prevent relapse.

A form of buprenorphine called Probuphine can be implanted under the skin. It treats opiate dependence in people who have been taking a stable dose of oral buprenorphine and are no longer ridding their bodies of the drug they're being treated for. It provides a constant dose of buprenorphine for 6 months.

From: Prescription Drug Abuse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Prescription Drug Use and Abuse," "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Topics in Brief: Prescription Drug Abuse."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Trends in prescription drug abuse."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on February 6, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "Prescription Drug Use and Abuse," "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Topics in Brief: Prescription Drug Abuse."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Trends in prescription drug abuse."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on February 6, 2018

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