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Suboxone Treatment

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What is an opioid?

Opioids are drugs derived from opiates (drugs created directly from opium, the poppy plant, or similarly created synthetic narcotics). Examples include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and heroin.

What is opioid dependence?

An individual is generally considered opioid dependent when they repeatedly use opioids in order to feel good or avoid feeling bad and continued opioid use in spite of its negative effects (such as hurting their health, job, finances, or family).

Some common characteristics of opioid dependence include:

  1. Tolerance (the need to take more drugs to get the same effect).

  2. Withdrawal symptoms when opioids are not used.

  3. Taking larger amounts of opioids for longer periods of time than anticipated.

  4. Persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to quit.

  5. Spending a lot of time and effort to obtain, use, and recover from opioid use.

  6. Giving up or reducing social, recreational activities, or employment.

  7. Continued opioid use regardless of negative consequences.

Since the year 2003 physicians have able to treat opioid dependence in an office setting instead of a methadone clinic. Suboxone is the first opioid medication approved for such treatments. Suboxone works on the same mu receptors in the brain as other opioids. It is called a partial opioid agonist because it does not produce the full narcotic effect of other opioids. Once it attaches to those mu receptors, it blocks other opioids from working in the brain.

Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is a medication that is used to reverse overdoses of opioids. When Suboxone is placed under the tongue as prescribed very little of the naloxone is absorbed into the bloodstream. The naloxone in Suboxone is there to deterred people from dissolving Suboxone and injecting it or snorting it. When Suboxone is used incorrectly its naloxone component can cause withdrawal symptoms to occur rapidly.

How does Suboxone benefit you?

Suboxone can decrease cravings and relieve withdrawal symptoms. This can help you remain in treatment and gain control of your dependence without the fear of cravings or withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone offers a way to treat narcotic dependence in a doctor's office with privacy, confidentiality and safety. When you no longer need Suboxone your dose can be tapered slowly until the medication is no longer required.

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