Suboxone Treatment Questions and Answers
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Suboxone is a medication that contains buprenorphine and naloxone and is used to treat opioid use disorder to curb cravings and minimize the effects of withdrawal related to opioid use. It has proven to be an effective treatment and has helped countless people overcome a dependency on opioids. Suboxone is also a safe treatment because it reduces the risk of misuse, dependency and side effects due to the ways it affects the brain.
What is Suboxone used for?
Suboxone is a medication that affects the brain and is used to treat substance abuse. It is most commonly used to treat opioid use disorder, including dependencies on heroin and prescription pain relievers such as morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl and hydrocodone. It is composed of two main ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone.
- Buprenorphine is the active drug in Suboxone and is known as a partial opioid agonist. This means it partially works like an opioid, however the effect is weaker than full opioid agonists like methadone and heroin. It also has a “ceiling effect,” which means that the opioid effects reach a maximum, even with further dose increases. This reduces the risk of dependency, misuse, abuse, and potential side effects and also helps people abstain from using other opioids.
- Naloxone is known as an opioid antagonist or “” It is prescribed to be taken sublingually (dissolved under the tongue) and if it is injected into the bloodstream, it will cause an opioid-dependent person to have uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. This helps deter people from using Suboxone intravenously (injected into the bloodstream).
Combining buprenorphine/naloxone treatment with counseling and other support is essential for the best results.
Is Suboxone a controlled substance?
Yes, Suboxone is a controlled substance. It is controlled because it contains buprenorphine, which can be a target for people who suffer from opioid use disorder.
Does Suboxone help with pain?
Suboxone may help with pain in some patients. Since the opioid receptors in the brain manage the sensations of pain, activating them with Suboxone could relieve pain. Scientific research shows promise on Suboxone’s painkilling effects. Compared to other opioid painkillers, Suboxone could involve:
- Less immune system suppression
- Easier usage among patients with renal issues
- Lower tolerance development
- Better effectiveness with neuropathic pain
- A lower ceiling effect for respiratory depression
Suboxone’s ceiling effect could also make it safer. In addition to this, the naloxone component causes unpleasant withdrawal effects when injected, and it also blocks the effectiveness of other opioids. As a result, the patient has less temptation to misuse their medication, which can result in lower rates of opioid abuse disorder.
How does Suboxone work?
Suboxone is a combination of the semi-synthetic opiate, buprenorphine, and the drug naloxone, which counteracts the pleasurable and pain-relieving effects of opiates. Suboxone is administered in either a pill or film form which is placed under the tongue to dissolve (sublingual). While naloxone minimizes the risk of abuse or overdose by preventing the euphoric and dangerous effects of opiate use, buprenorphine greatly reduces withdrawal symptoms and cravings because it only partially activates the opiate receptors in the brain.
Are there side effects using Suboxone?
Common side effects of Suboxone can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Numb mouth
- Painful tongue
- Dizziness and fainting
- Problems with concentration
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blurry vision
- Back pain
If you need Suboxone, come to Coastal Primary Care & Wellness to meet with our Suboxone doctor. We specialize in Suboxone and its uses and effects to help patients live a better quality of life. Call us today at (443) 241-6922 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 314 Franklin Ave, Ste 103, Berlin, MD 21811. Our office is open Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 AM to 4: 00 PM. We serve patients from Berlin MD, Ocean City MD, Salisbury MD, Ocean Pines MD, Pocomoke MD, Newark MD, Fruitland MD, Snow Hill MD, and Selbyville DE. Looking forward to serve you!