New injectable form is an alternative to Suboxone, but is considerably more expensive.
Buprenorphine has long been used in addiction treatment (including medical detox for opiates and opioids, including heroin and prescriptionpain killers) to help reduce withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, muscle aches and pain. Since buprenorphine produces a euphoria similar to heroin (although much less intense), there is a risk of addiction to buprenorphine as well.
Buprenorphine is often mixed with naloxone as way to discourage addiction (the drug Suboxone is buprenorphine with naloxone... and is considered a safer treatment drug than Suboxone -- pure buprenorphine).
Heroin Detox, Opioid Detox and Buprenorphine
A well-designed medical detox from heroin utilizes buprenorphine, along with other carefully-administered drugs, to ease the discomfort of withdrawal while the patient is under medical supervision in the detox center.
A successful detox from opioids completes with a tapering off of buprenorphine. As body systems are returned to a stable norm, the recovering addict is supported by experienced drug addiction counselors working closely with the medical supervision, to safely transition the patient out of detox and into rehab or outpatient treatment.
Sublocade is One of Many Options for Heroin Detox
Due to the opioid addicition crisis, the FDA has decided to fast-track new drug formulations which may help fight the epidemic. This approval of an injectable form of buprenorphine follows a recent approval of an implantable form, which was designed with similar goals in mind: remove the addict from the process of obtaining and dosing the drug on a daily basis, so that less drug gets lost to the streets.