Over the past two decades, the number of people in the United States who have died from opiate-related drug overdoses has quadrupled, making the opioid epidemic a national crisis that claims nearly 100 lives each day. New Hope Pain Management in Elkin, North Carolina is committed to providing successful recovery treatment for people addicted to opiates. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to take charge of your addiction and find out if Suboxone is right for you.
Suboxone is a medication that’s designed to treat opioid dependence in your doctor’s office and with take-home prescriptions. For the medication to be effective, it must be used in the context of a full recovery program that includes counseling or other some other type of psychological support.
Suboxone’s main ingredient, buprenorphine, has distinct characteristics that can help many patients manage their dependence and remain in treatment. At the right dosage, buprenorphine minimizes withdrawal symptoms, decreases cravings, and partially inhibits the effects of other opioid drugs.
The team can begin treatment with Suboxone when the opioid-dependent patient is experiencing mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms. That’s because during withdrawal, the opioids from the prescription painkillers or other drug have begun to detach from the brain’s opioid receptors. As the opioids detach, the buprenorphine in Suboxone takes their place. This immediately helps reduce your withdrawal symptoms, which in turn suppresses cravings.
When buprenorphine attaches to the opioid receptors of the brain, it partially blocks the effects of other opioids. With daily maintenance doses, the medicine keeps the brain’s opioid receptors engaged. Patients who do relapse at this point find that the heroin or the pain pills they’ve taken are far less effective.
For many of the patients who find success with Suboxone, traditional rehab never felt like a realistic option. Although the treatment does begin under the care of a qualified physician, treatment can often continue at home with regular follow-up visits. Suboxone isn’t recommended for people with impaired liver function, and pregnant women and nursing moms should also avoid taking the drug.
Patients who are undergoing opioid addiction treatment with Suboxone should avoid taking other sedatives, including tranquilizers, antidepressants, and alcohol. Like virtually all medications, Suboxone has side effects. These side effects are usually mild, however, and typically subside or disappear after a few weeks. Common side effects include:
If you feel faint, dizzy, or confused, if your breathing becomes slower than normal, or if you experience an allergic reaction like hives, call the expert team at New Hope Pain Management as soon as possible.