HOW BUPRENORPHINE WORKS
Buprenorphine has unique pharmacological properties that help:
• Lower the potential for misuse
• Diminish the effects of physical dependency to opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings
• Increase safety in cases of overdose
• Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist. This means that, like opioids, it produces effects such as euphoria or respiratory depression.
With buprenorphine, however, these effects are weaker than those of full drugs such as heroin and methadone