n. an analgesic which acts on opioid receptors, thus, treating moderate to severe types of pain. (Trade name: Buprenex) An opioid itself, it is similar to codeine, morphine, and heroin but its properties are less-euphoric and less-addicting. As such, it helps manage and prevent opioid dependence on other drugs.

BUPRENORPHINE: "Buprenorphine is an example of opioid medication which is pain-relieving yet less-addicting."
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