Your Buprenorphine, also called Suboxone, is an opioid partial agonist. It produces mild euphoria and respiratory depression, but the effects of buprenorphine are substantially weaker that those caused by opioids. Its effects level off at moderate doses, even without dosage increases. This “ceiling effect” lowers the risk of misuse and dependency. Unlike methadone, which must be administered in highly structured clinic, buprenorphine is the first medication to treat opioid dependency that is prescribed or dispensed in physicians’ offices, significantly increasing treatment access.