Suboxone Treatment

Opioid addiction is a crisis in the United States. The misuse and addiction to opioids affect people from all walks of life, including those taking prescription opioids. In addition to the likelihood of early death due to opioid overdose, mental health issues, problems with the legal justice system, impact on your social and economic welfare, and higher chances of infectious and chronic diseases, are some of the ways in which opioid addiction hinders your life. These factors indicate that it's time to seek help.

You should not be ashamed or afraid of coming forward to Steady Care Medical specialists for a recovery plan and treatment for opioid addiction. Our medical team specializes in cases of opioid misuse and have achieved successful outcomes with Suboxone treatment. Suboxone is one of the main FDA-approved medications used to treat opioid addiction.

Our medical team and treatment specialists have achieved successful outcomes with Suboxone treatment. Suboxone is one of the main FDA-approved medications used to treat opioid addiction. Normally, there is a wide range of strategies used to treat opioid addiction. Suboxone treatment may not in itself completely address the problem. Your doctor may recommend that Suboxone be part of a treatment plan that includes therapy, counseling, and other support deemed necessary.

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Understanding Suboxone as a Treatment to Opioid Addiction

Suboxone treatment combines the effect of the two constituent drugs, buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine belongs to a class of medications referred to as partial opioid agonists, implying that as much as it is an opioid, its effect is weaker than that of commonly abused opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl. Other common options for buprenorphine include naltrexone and methadone.

Naloxone, the other drug in the Suboxone combination, is known as an opioid “blocker”. Naloxone works by binding to opioid receptors and, hence, blocking and reversing the effects of opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. Due to the opioid blocking action, naloxone may be used alone as a temporary treatment for opioid overdose.

Suboxone is taken as a film or tablet that dissolves in your mouth. The Suboxone medication will cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms if used as an opioid drug. Your doctor will advise you not to eat or drink anything until the Suboxone tablet or film is completely dissolved. You may however be allowed to drink water to moisten your mouth before taking the medication so that it dissolves faster.
Typically, your doctor will start with a dose that contains approximately 2 mg of naloxone and 8 mg of buprenorphine. Normally, the medication should begin working shortly after taking the initial dose and the effects should last from 24 hours to more than 36 hours, depending on the specific dosage. Your doctor may put you on a daily maintenance dose that has twice the strength.

Like any other medication, expect some side effects after starting Suboxone treatment, and this may include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Constipation
  • Swelling in legs and arms
  • Redness or numbness of the mouth, accompanied by tongue pain when film is used.

You may experience opioid withdrawal symptoms including:

  • Shaking
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Anxiety

Existing evidence shows that the use of buprenorphine in combination with naloxone is largely effective against opioid use and addiction. Suboxone treatment also helps you remain and cope with an opioid addiction treatment plan, reducing the risks mentioned above and increasing the likelihood of a normal lifestyle.

Available evidence shows that the treatment approach used may play a role in how successful the treatment will be. Typically, your doctor should provide sufficiently higher doses of buprenorphine (16mg) and for longer treatment durations to achieve treatment goals and reduce the chances of relapse. It is however important to note that every patient is unique, and your Steady Care Medical doctor will formulate a flexible dosage approach that is effective for your treatment requirements, and this will almost always be accompanied by psychological support.

Treatment for opioid addiction may be challenging for you. Treatment is a complex undertaking that requires correct dosage, symptoms management, which are then combined with psychological support. Steady Care Medical addiction specialists will give you the correct guidance, including the correct dosage for your situation, how to take the medication, the things to avoid, among others. Your doctor will help guard against unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, besides conducting frequent tests to check how your liver is functioning.

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At Steady Care Medical, our specialists deliver the best narcotic treatment services in California. You’ll receive your doctor’s prescribed counseling and medication programs for the best path forward. Suboxone treatment takes advantage of confidential, state of the art care delivery.

Recovery is never easy, but Steady Care Medical board-certified doctors help you find out your actual condition and need for Suboxone treatment. They are highly trained and experienced and have achieved excellent outcomes with Suboxone on many individuals with positive results. And as medical experts, our doctors have a mission to solve all your problems related to drug overdose and overuse.

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