By now, you already know that you can get addicted to Opiates and if you already are, you should start treating it.
Unfortunately, many people turn to other synthetic drugs such as Suboxone without knowing that they act on Opiate receptors as well. This can also result in addiction and dependence.
The challenge now is dealing with Suboxone withdrawal. You want to make sure that you do not turn to yet another Opioid medication.
Is Kratom the answer? To understand how this herbal alternative can help, you should first have a grasp of what kratom and suboxone are – what they can do, their limitations, and their side effects.
Like so many others, what you probably know of Suboxone is that it is used as a treatment for Opiate addiction. However, it also comes with plenty of health consequences.
For one, it can lead to serotonin syndrome. Suboxone might also interact with other medications that you are taking and result in something fatal.
Suboxone is not safe for pregnant and lactating women.
There are also other common side effects that include breathing problems, slurring of speech, blurred vision and more serious adverse reactions like jaundice, adrenal gland disorders, and problems with organs like the liver.
Suboxone is made up of two components which are buprenorphine and naloxone. Since buprenorphine is also an opioid medication, it is not surprising that Suboxone can also cause addiction.
Like other Opiates, Suboxone acts on Opiate receptors in the brain. This gives one a feeling of well-being and even euphoria, although significantly milder than traditional Opiates.
This is the reason Suboxone is used by many for narcotic withdrawal.
The problem begins when the receptors get used to Suboxone because a higher dosage will be needed. That is when an addiction to Suboxone starts.
Once Opiate withdrawal treatment is finished, a plan for Suboxone withdrawal should immediately follow.
You will notice these symptoms when you stop taking Suboxone:
Kratom leaves contain natural alkaloids that serve as an Opioid agonist. Depending on the type of kratom, these alkaloids can also vary.
When taken at a low dose, kratom has stimulating effects while higher doses have sedative and analgesic effects.
There are three types of kratom: the green-veined kratom, the red-veined kratom, and the white-veined kratom. These can all be consumed in different ways. You can make kratom tea, take it using the toss and wash method, or have your capsules, tablets, and tinctures directly.
Kratom can help alleviate Suboxone withdrawal symptoms as Kratom boosts the levels of adrenergic neurotransmitters and dopamine in the body.
It also keeps the brain from reaching hyperactive states and reduces anxiety.
Additionally, Kratom acts as an analgesic as it suppresses the pain pathway so the pain that you may be experiencing because of Suboxone withdrawal can be neutralized.
Kratom can also help improve your sleep pattern and relieve insomnia.
While all Kratom extracts can help with Opiate withdrawal, the following are considered the most potent strains for this purpose:
There are many factors to be considered when it comes to the dosage you need for your withdrawal. For one, your built or weight, as well as your overall health needs to be considered.
Other factors like how severe the addiction is, how long you have been addicted, your previous addictions, and how severe the withdrawal symptoms are, also matter.
Typically, the dose for kratom powder ranges between 3-9 grams. A low dosage (5 grams or below) would give you a feeling of euphoria while anything higher than 5 grams will work as an analgesic and sedative.
Kratom powder should be taken every four to five hours.
You will need a smaller dose if you go for kratom extracts and tinctures.
Do take note, however, that Kratom is not to be used for over two weeks for Suboxone withdrawal. You should strictly follow this to avoid kratom dependence.
You will not need it for that long as the worst symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal are gone by the fifth day of Kratom treatment.
Both Kratom and Suboxone act on the Opiate receptors, but there is a lower potential for abuse with kratom. However, its consumption should still be regulated for you to reap its benefits without getting dependent.