What Is Subutex Titration?
We at Pomarri seek to help anyone who is suffering from opiate or opioid abuse, including pregnant women. We can safely coordinate Subutex titration and detox that is safe for both the mother and the baby.
Many individuals have questions about Subutex titration as it pertains to the detox process. Here is a brief overview.
Subutex is a trade name for the drug buprenorphine, which is used to treat dependence and addiction to opiates and opioids. (There is another similar drug with the same active drug buprenorphine called Suboxone.) Buprenorphine essentially interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are affected by opiates, without causing the disorienting high that opiates and opioids do. Subutex belongs to a class of drugs called mixed narcotic agonist-antagonists, and it can help eliminate withdrawal symptoms and cravings caused by ceasing opiate or opioid use. It is safest for use when administered by a medical professional and when made part of a comprehensive treatment program for drug abuse.
About the Titration Process
Titration, meanwhile, refers to adjusting dosage based on drug response. Subutex doses are determined by the severity of withdrawal symptoms being experienced by the recipient. Titration is highly important at this phase because it allows the buprenorphine recipient to receive sufficient but not excessive doses of medication. The overall goal of detox, after all, is to eliminate the buildup of drugs and other toxins in the body. Eliminating buildup will help reduce the likelihood of substance cravings in the future and will overall support a stronger recovery from addiction. Once titration is complete, the individual is ready to begin the detoxification process. During detox, the individual will receive gradually lower and lower doses of buprenorphine. Depending on the starting dose, the detox process can take anywhere from ten days to several weeks.
Buprenorphine titration is considered very safe, especially as it is so often carried out under the supervision of a medical professional. In the case of pregnant women, the titration and detox processes are approached with an added measure of caution, and Subutex is the preferred medication because it is considered safer than Suboxone for use with pregnant women. Overall, titration and detox help eliminate opioid withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, and reduce the likelihood of relapse during addiction recovery.
For more information on how we at Pomarri can help you navigate pregnancy and addiction, visit our Pregnancy and Addiction page.