Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine hydrochloride

Description

Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist/antagonist which attaches itself to the μ (mu) and κ (kappa) receptors of the brain. Its activity in opioid maintenance treatment is attributed to its slowly reversible link with the μ receptors which, over a prolonged period, minimises the need of illicit opioids for patients with opioid dependence.

ATC Classification

Code
Title
Category
Buprenorphine
N Nervous system → N02 Analgesics → N02A Opioids → N02AE Oripavine derivatives
Buprenorphine
N Nervous system → N07 Other nervous system drugs → N07B Drugs used in addictive disorders → N07BC Drugs used in opioid dependence

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