Every year, around 2 million Americans suffer from opioid abuse or addiction. Despite attempts to keep opioid prescriptions under control, rates of abuse and addiction continue to climb. Opioid addiction is a chronic condition that needs long-term medical treatment, such as counseling, behavioral therapy, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Suboxone is one of the treatments that Lenox Medical Clinic specialists utilize to assist individuals in recovering from opioid addiction. In addition to providing Suboxone therapy to assist those recovering from opiate abuse or addiction, doctors also use Suboxone for delivering interventional and alternative pain management therapies to help individuals achieve control of their pain.
How does Suboxone work
Suboxone is a drug used to manage opioid addiction and abuse. The active components are as follows:
- Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine is a moderate agonist of opioids. It attaches to opioid receptors throughout your neurological system, causing pain relief and pleasure emotions. However, the effects are lower than those of other forms of opioids. Furthermore, buprenorphine has a “ceiling effect,” which implies that increasing the dosage does not influence the effects. This aids in the prevention of drug abuse. Buprenorphine reduces withdrawal symptoms and cravings in those suffering from opioid addiction.
- Naloxone: Naloxone functions as an opioid antagonist. Its primary role is to counteract the effects of opioids. To treat an overdose, it is frequently administered alone. Suboxone is administered as a sublingual film or pill that dissolves beneath your tongue. The naloxone in oral Suboxone is intended to keep you from injecting the drug; injecting naloxone interrupts the effect of the buprenorphine and creates unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Additionally, Suboxone comes as a pill or a film that dissolves in your mouth. Physicians often prescribe a beginning dosage of up to 8 mg of buprenorphine and 2 mg of naloxone, followed by a daily maintenance dose of 16 mg/4 mg. The pills must be dissolved under the tongue rather than swallowed. Nothing should be eaten or drunk until the pills have fully dissolved. The drug should begin functioning quickly after taking one dose, and its effects should last between 24 and 36 hours.
How long do you take Suboxone?
The patient’s requirements determine the duration of consuming Suboxone. Conversely, Suboxone therapy is often divided into three stages: induction, stability, and maintenance. Treatment should begin in the early stages of withdrawal, be modified once the patient is stable, and tapered off over time by lowering the dosage until the individual no longer requires it. Maintenance periods can range from months to years, and many patients remain on Suboxone maintenance dosages for months or years.
Suboxone is a drug that combines buprenorphine and naloxone and is used to treat individuals who are addicted to opioids. It should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and behavioral therapy. Although less likely to be misused than methadone, abuse is still possible.
Speaking with a competent medical expert is the best method to evaluate if Suboxone is good for you. They will examine your history and do a physical examination to assess your requirements, then collaborate with you to develop a tailored treatment plan that will set you up for victory in recovery. Call Lenox Medical Clinic to schedule a consultation today to learn more about Suboxone treatment.