Suboxone Treatment For Opioid Use Disorder
Do you or someone you know have an opioid addiction? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of drug overdose deaths has quadrupled since 1999.
And over 70% of the 70,630 deaths in 2019 involved an opioid.
Do not become a statistic! There is a medication that can help you break your opioid use addiction, and that medication is called Suboxone.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a medication that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created to help treat opioid use disorder. If you have an opioid addiction, either prescription opiates or street drugs, your body might become dependents upon opioids. This dependence can lead to painful opioid withdrawal symptoms, especially if you are trying to break the addiction.
These withdrawal symptoms can deter you from getting the help you need to break the addiction.
But adding suboxone to your treatment program can help you manage opioid cravings during your detox. When on Suboxone, you will be able to return to a live a normal life and the success rate of this medication is about 50%.
What Are The Benefits of Suboxone
Suboxone treatment is beneficial for people who are battling an opioid addiction. It offers relief from painful cravings and withdrawal symptoms and helps the recovery process.
The other main benefits of Suboxone include:
-Fewer opioid cravings
-Reducing opioid withdrawal symptoms
-Less risk of relapse
-Low risk of misuse
Suboxone is also a convenient treatment because instead of a daily treatment plan, or extended stay at a recovery facility, a physician can prescribe the medication, and that prescription can be filled at your local pharmacy.
How Do I Take Suboxone?
Suboxone is taken either as a tablet, or a film. The tablet is placed under the tongue, and the film is placed between your gums or cheek to dissolve.
How Long Does Suboxone Stay In Your System?
Suboxone is effective for at least 24 hours and can stay in your body for five to eight days.
Suboxone will take only 20-45 minutes to start working after administered and is effective at blocking opiates for at least 24 hours.
What Are The Side Effects of Suboxone?
The side effects of Suboxone range from mild to severe. Some of these side effects can subside after a few days or weeks.
The most common side effects are:
– Blurry Vision
– Nausea or Vomiting
– Muscle Aches
– Weakness or Fatigue
Serious side effects of Suboxone can include:
– Severe Allergic Reaction
– Addiction to Suboxone
– Breath Problems
– Liver Damage
– Severe Withdrawal Symptoms
Serious side effect of Suboxone are rare, but if you experience any of the following, please contact your health care provider immeidatley.
Can You Overdose On Suboxone?
It is unlikely that you will overdose on Suboxone when taken as prescribed by your health care provider. You should never exceed your dosage when taking Suboxone to minimize the risk of overdose or other issues.
Is Suboxone The Same As Methadone?
Both Methadone and Suboxone can be used to treat opioid use disorder, however they are not the same.
Methadone helps lessen opioid withdrawal symptoms and you gradually build up your dosage over time. However, because of the nature of the drug, you can potentially overdose on Methadone. The other draw back is most people need to go to a methadone clinic daily for their dose in order to prevent abuse at home.
Suboxone also helps lessen opioid withdrawal symptoms but has less risk of overdose that Methadone and the medicine can be taken at home without a daily trip to the clinic.
Both drugs are FDA approved, and Methadone might be more effective if you have a severe opioid addiction while Suboxone might be better for you if you have less severe opioid cravings.
Both treatments should be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Where Can I Get Suboxone Treatment?
Pro-Health Urgent Care Care offers Suboxone treatment to most patients that are experiencing opioid addiction.
To learn more about Suboxone, please check the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website here
Or call one of our Pro-Health Urgent Care locations to get more information.