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Suboxone is a brand name medication that contains two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. It is primarily used in the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction.

Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the same receptors in the brain as opioids but produces weaker effects compared to full opioid agonists like heroin or oxycodone. By binding to these receptors, buprenorphine can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms without producing the intense euphoria associated with opioid drugs.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks the effects of opioids by competing for the same receptors in the brain. Naloxone is added to Suboxone to deter misuse of the medication via injection. If Suboxone is injected, naloxone can precipitate withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent individuals.

Suboxone is typically administered as a sublingual film or tablet placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve. It is often used as part of a comprehensive treatment program that may also include counseling, behavioral therapy, and other support services.

It's important to note that Suboxone should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare provider who is experienced in the treatment of opioid dependence. Misuse or improper use of Suboxone can lead to serious health risks, including overdose.