At Norton Health Care, we have seen that Suboxone® is a very effective treatment for opiate dependence which can drastically reduce chances of relapse or overdose. Our doctors take time to learn the concerns, medical needs, and circumstances for each patient so they can create an individual treatment plan and prescribe the most appropriate medication and dosage. Suboxone is the most common medication we prescribe at Norton Health Care, but we may also prescribe Subutex®, Buprenorphine, or other medications depending on what is the best and safest treatment for a patient.
Suboxone® is the first opioid medication approved under DATA 2000 for the treatment of opioid dependence in an office-based setting. Suboxone also can be dispensed for take-home use, just as any other medicine for other medical conditions. The primary active ingredient in Suboxone® is Buprenorphine. Because Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, its opioid effects are limited compared with those produced by full opioid agonists, such as oxycodone or heroin. Suboxone also contains Naloxone, an opioid antagonist.
The Naloxone in Suboxone® discourages people from dissolving the tablet and injecting it. When Suboxone® is placed under the tongue, as directed, very little naloxone reaches the bloodstream, so what the patient feels are the effects of the buprenorphine. However, if Naloxone is injected, it can cause a person dependent on a full opioid agonist to quickly go into withdrawal.
With the help of Suboxone® for opiate addiction treatment, addiction of Naltrexone or Methadone can also be treated effectively. At Norton’s Health Care, we can transition patients from Methadone to Suboxone®, as well.
Suboxone® treatment helps with suppressing the withdrawal conditions in patients and curbs the craving for opioids. Suboxone® treatment restrains the euphoria caused by opioids for at least 24 hours.
Suboxone® contains two main medicines, Buprenorphine and Naloxone.Of the two medicines Buprenorphine is the most important one as it is a partial opioid agonist. Due to Buprenorphine, Suboxone® also acts a partial opioids agonist and does not cause euphoria in patients as compared to full opioids.
Before the Suboxone® treatment for opiate addiction your doctor will advise you to come prepared for the treatment that is there should be a gap of few hours after the last dose of opiate and the beginning of the Suboxone® treatment program.
Before undergoing Suboxone® treatment one should always inform their doctors of any allergies or possible pregnancy. Additionally, one should not consume alcohol while undergoing Suboxone® treatment.