Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic narcotic derived from thebaine and is currently being investigated for the treatment of narcotic addiction

Like methadone and LAAM, buprenorphine is potent (30 to 50 times the analgesic potency of morphine), has a long duration of action, and does not need to be injected. The products under development are sublingual tablets. Unlike the other treatment drugs, this drug produces far less respiratory depression and is thought to be safer in overdose. The drug is currently available in the United States as an injectable Schedule V narcotic analgesic (Buprenex®) for human and veterinary use.

Source: DEA – Schedule III narcotic medications  Suboxone® tablets (buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride) received FDA approval for the treatment of opioid addiction.

Both buprenorphine and methadone are medications used for detoxification, short- and long-term opioid replacement therapy. Buprenorphine has the advantage of being only a partial agonist; hence negating the potential for life-threatening respiratory depression in cases of abuse.[4] Studies show the effectiveness of this drug and methadone are almost identical, and largely share adverse-effect profiles apart from more sedation among methadone users. At low doses from 2 to 6 mg, however, the drug has a lower retention rate than low doses from 40 mg or less of methadone.

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  1. Buprenorphine and the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone are used to treat opioid dependence (addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers). Buprenorphine is in a …
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    Buprenorphine patches are used to relieve severe pain in people who are expected to need pain medication … Transdermal buprenorphine comes as a patch to apply to the skin. The patch is usually applied to the skin …
  3. Facts about  Treatment of Opioid Addiction (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) – PDF  
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  • Mike Leon

    April 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm Reply

    Buprenorphine may be more effective than opioid therapy in treating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans struggling with chronic pain, PTSD and substance use disorders, a new study suggests.

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