Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid that is used to treat opioid addiction, as well as manage moderate to severe pain. It works by binding to the same receptors in the brain as other opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers.
Buprenorphine is often used with naloxone, an opioid antagonist, as a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. When prescribed, buprenorphine can help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, allowing individuals to focus on recovery and other aspects of their lives. Buprenorphine is available in various forms, including tablets, films, and implantable pellets.
While buprenorphine has a lower risk of overdose and a lower potential for abuse and dependence, it is still a powerful drug that can lead to substance abuse.