Buprenorphine, also known as Subutex or Suboxone, is a prescription medication. Although it is an opioid-based medication, it does not get a person high when taken as prescribed.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), low to moderate doses of buprenorphine can cause a positive sense of well-being or mild euphoria.
Once a person has stabilized on a suitable dose of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, they shouldn’t feel “high” or intoxicated after taking it.
How Buprenorphine Works
One of the reasons why people often question whether buprenorphine can get you high is because of its classification as an opioid-based medication.
Unlike full opioid agonist drugs, however—such as heroin or oxycodone—buprenorphine is what’s known as a partial opioid agonist.
This means it only partially binds to the same opioid receptors in the brain as other opioids do, causing it to produce weaker effects. For this reason, taking it won’t get a person high.
Instead, buprenorphine can, in this way, be helpful for treating opioid cravings, relieving withdrawal symptoms, and helping a person stay off opioids of abuse for long-term recovery.
What Euphoria From Buprenorphine Means
Feeling high after taking buprenorphine is not common. If someone is experiencing a ‘high’ from buprenorphine, talk to your doctor about whether a dose adjustment is needed.
Euphoric effects from buprenorphine use can also be a sign of drug misuse, which may require medical and behavioral intervention.
Signs of buprenorphine misuse can include:
- injecting buprenorphine
- taking higher doses than prescribed
- taking it more often than prescribed
- mixing it with other drugs to get high
Powerful or serious side effects from taking buprenorphine, including euphoria, can also be a sign of low tolerance, slow drug metabolism, or an adverse reaction to buprenorphine.
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Buprenorphine High FAQs
Having questions about the effects of buprenorphine and whether it can get a person high is common. Find answers to frequently asked questions about a buprenorphine high.
❓ What Does It Mean To Get High?
✔️ The term ‘high’ refers to the euphoric effects of a substance. Euphoria is a common motivator for using addictive drugs like heroin because it makes a person feel good.
Signs of a drug high might include:
- extreme happiness
- positive sense of well-being
- feeling very relaxed and calm
- glassy eyes
Buprenorphine generally does not cause a person to get high when taken as prescribed. This is true even after taking a high dose, due to its long-acting mechanism of action and ceiling effect.
❓ Why Doesn’t Buprenorphine Get You High?
✔️ Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that doesn’t produce the full effects of most other opioid drugs. It’s also long-acting and works more slowly.
❓ Is Buprenorphine The Same As Suboxone?
✔️ Buprenorphine is an ingredient in Suboxone. Suboxone is the brand name for a drug that contains both buprenorphine and naloxone. Neither drug causes euphoria when taken as directed.
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- American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM)—Buprenorphine/naloxone treatment for opioid dependence
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—Buprenorphine
- U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)—What is the treatment need versus the diversion risk for opioid use disorder treatment?