First, we were told that Opiate addiction is a bad thing, so we started treating it. We used drugs like Methadone and Suboxone which also act on the Opiate receptors, causing dependence and addiction. Now we are going to address Suboxone withdrawal. And for that, we won’t use another opioid medication.
Instead, we will rely on Kratom, an herbal supplement that is the best alternative to these drugs. This article will discuss the topic ‘using kratom for Suboxone withdrawal.’
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine acts as an opioid medication while naloxone is a medication that blocks the effects of opioids.
It decreases opioid abuse and serves as an analgesic. Suboxone is used to treat Opiate addiction. Suboxone has serious side effects.
It can cause serotonin syndrome. Also, if you are taking other medications for other ailments, Suboxone might interact with those drugs to produce lethal results.
Pregnant and lactating women can’t use Suboxone for Opiate withdrawal. Suboxone causes addiction, and thus its withdrawal is essential. The best option that is available for withdrawing Suboxone is Kratom.
The side effects of using Suboxone include; allergic reaction, breathing problem due to depression of respiratory system, blurring of vision, slurred speech, and adrenal gland disorders, liver problems, jaundice.
What is Suboxone withdrawal?
Since one of the components of Suboxone, i.e., Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, suboxone can cause addiction.
It similarly causes addiction as all Opiates do. It acts on the Opiate receptors present in the brain to produce euphoria and a feeling of well being but milder as compared to traditional Opiates which is why it is incorporated in the treatment regimen of narcotic withdrawal.
Receptors gradually get desensitized to the effects of Suboxone, and thus more dosage is required.
This is when you develop an addiction to it. On the completion of Opiate withdrawal treatment, one has to withdraw from Suboxone too. The withdrawal symptoms of Suboxone arise when it is not consumed.
These symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, shaking, runny nose, muscle pain, watery eyes, feeling very cold or hot, etc. These signs need to be treated immediately to relieve the patient.
Native to the region of Southeast Asia, Kratom or Mitragyna Speciosa is a plant that is famous for its use in medicine.
The leaves of the plant are composed of natural alkaloids that act as an Opioid agonist.
These alkaloids are forty or more in number, but the ones that are known for producing effects are Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
These alkaloids can vary in different types of Kratom. Kratom at low doses produces stimulating results, but at higher doses, it acts as a sedative.
At small doses, Kratom produces euphoria-like feeling, enhancement of cognition, alleviation of anxiety and stress.
At a higher dose, Kratom also acts as an analgesic. Kratom is classified into three types. These three types are Red Veined kratom, White veined Kratom, and Green-veined kratom. As the name suggests, these varieties are classified by the central vein of the leaf.
Kratom can be used in various forms. Normally, people take it by the toss and wash method or by making Kratom tea, but taking capsules, tablets, tinctures, and extracts are equally popular methods.
Kratom is a known substance for helping with the symptom of Opiate withdrawal and opioid medication withdrawal like Suboxone and Methadone.
How can Kratom help with Suboxone withdrawal?
Both Kratom and Suboxone act on the Opiate receptors. Thus Kratom can help in the withdrawal of Suboxone.
The withdrawal symptoms of Suboxone like pain, lethargy, runny nose, etc. are alleviated by the use of Kratom because Kratom increases the levels of dopamine and adrenergic neurotransmitters in the body.
Kratom also reduces anxiety by potentiating the effects of GABAergic pathways that inhibit the brain from going to hyperactive states.
Kratom causes analgesia by promoting the release of enkephalins and suppressing the pain pathway.
The ill feeling that you get after Suboxone withdrawal is neutralized by the euphoric feeling that comes with the use of Kratom.
Kratom also relieves insomnia associated with Suboxone withdrawal. In these ways, Kratom helps with Suboxone withdrawal.
Which strains of Kratom help with Suboxone withdrawal?
Kratom extracts and tinctures are suitable for withdrawal from Opiates.
The most potent strains of Kratom that can help with Suboxone withdrawal are mentioned below;
Users have used these strains of Kratom for Suboxone withdrawal, and they have given positive reviews on Reddit and various other drug forums.
What is the required dosage of Kratom for Suboxone withdrawal?
Dosage of Kratom depends on some factors which include;
• Built of the person
• Health of the person
• Physiology and anatomy of the person’s body
• Severity of addiction
• Severity of withdrawal symptoms
• Any previous addictions to Kratom
These factors affect the dosage of Kratom. The more severe the addiction is, the higher dosage you require.
If you are using extracts and tinctures, you need a smaller dose. For Kratom powder, the dose ranges between 3-9 grams.
A dose of 5 grams and below will make you feel stimulated and euphoria. A dose greater than five will act as a sedative and an analgesic. Take your dose of Kratom every 4-5 hours.
How long do I need to take Kratom?
Usually most of the worst symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal last in the initial 3-5 days and thus it is recommended to use Kratom in this period.
Make sure you do not use Kratom more than two weeks for Suboxone withdrawal to avoid Kratom dependence.
What are the precautions that I need to observe?
Kratom can also cause the built up of tolerance and dependence, so it is essential that you regulate the consumption of Kratom.
Do not take one strain of Kratom continuously for more than a week. Use different strains and in small doses. Higher doses lead to quick dependence.
If you get any allergic symptoms due to the use of Kratom, quit it immediately and seek help from a doctor.
Kratom is a useful herbal supplement for Suboxone withdrawal. It has a low potential for abuse and little tendency to develop dependence and tolerance.
Unlike other medications, it has fewer side effects which are not toxic. Most of all Kratom is affordable and doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription.