Partial Opiate Agonists

Drugs that activate receptors in the brain are termed agonists. Agonists occupy receptors and switch them on. As a result, they produce an effect in the brain and body. Therefore, opioid agonists switch on one or more opioid receptors.

Partial Agonists can both activate and block opioid receptors. Depending on the conditions, partial agonists can produce effects similar to those of either agonists or antagonists. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist.