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What is buprenorphine?

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WebMD says that buprenorphine is a drug classified as a mixed narcotic agonist-antagonist. It is used to treat addiction to narcotics and opioid drugs and the associated withdrawal symptoms. In combination with naloxone, it is used as a maintenance medication to prevent relapse into narcotic use.

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WebMD says that buprenorphine acts in the brain similarly to opioids, such as heroin and morphine. It is used during addiction treatment to stop drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms without giving the "high" of other opioid drugs. It may be used as an alternative to methadone because it has fewer side effects than methadone.

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