3 Questions to Ask Your Suboxone Doctor
Suboxone will help treat a patient who is addicted to pharmaceutical drugs. Talk to our team of health care professionals at Restoration Recovery addiction treatment center today about suboxone and its benefits. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient location to serve you in Chattanooga, TN.
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Suboxone, like most other prescription drugs, can vary in price from one pharmacy to the next and depending on the pharmacy’s dispensing fees. It is best to check with the pharmacy on their price as well as dispensing fees. The price will also be dependent on the brand of the prescription as many prescriptions have generic alternatives. A generic alternative is a prescription medication with the same or similar medicinal ingredients to the brand-name medication, at a significantly lower price. Suboxone may be covered by your insurance plan, so it is best to check with your insurance provider to find out if the medication is covered, and at what percentage. You may need to pay a deductible, or portion of the prescription, at the time of filling the prescription based on what your insurance plan coverage is. Your insurance company can also let you know if brand-name medications are covered, as sometimes they may only cover up to a certain dollar amount. In that case, talk to your doctor or pharmacist to understand your options for treatment if you are unable to cover the difference that your insurance plan won’t cover. They can provide you with recommendations on a generic alternative that will work for your treatment if any are available. Coupons or rebates may be available for Suboxone, through the pharmaceutical manufacturer, that you can find online or through your doctor or pharmacist. Different dosage options for the medication will also cost different amounts. Suboxone comes in 2mg, 4mg, 8mg, and 12mg dose options, with the price increasing as the dosage amount increases. Your doctor will prescribe the proper dosage based on your unique addiction factors to ensure it will provide adequate treatment. Depending on your insurance coverage or financial situation you may be able to apply for a patient assistance program to help you pay for your Suboxone prescription. These are often provided to low-income individuals or people who are under-insured or without insurance. You will need to meet certain eligibility requirements that will vary by program. For more information talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or check the manufacturer’s website to see what programs may be available and what the criteria for eligibility is.
Suboxone is not a pain medication but it will treat a patient who is addicted to painkillers. While an individual may be addicted to painkillers that they started taking to deal with chronic pain or pain as the result of surgery or an accident, they may not realize that the pain itself is no longer present or can be managed using a pain medication without narcotics. Individuals who fear they may have an addiction to their pain medication should work with their doctor and an opiate treatment center to determine if they are in fact addicted to their narcotic painkillers. Patients who have a narcotic addiction will need to be weaned off of their pain medication prior to starting Suboxone, as the combination of the two drugs can have serious, possibly fatal, consequences from an overdose. If the pain does still exist, patients can try alternative pain management techniques and treatments such as physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, or over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
The ease or difficulty required for a prescription of Suboxone will be dependent on your geographical location and the availability of doctors to diagnose and treat addictions, as well as the availability of the medication itself. In a small town, it can be harder to find a doctor who is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of addictions, as well as treatment of a patient using Suboxone. In larger cities, the availability of trained doctors and medication is going to be much broader. Once you do find a doctor, getting the prescription itself shouldn’t be too hard, provided your individual case needs are demonstrative of a need for the prescription, a desire on your behalf of truly wanting to beat the addiction, and a commitment on both yours and your doctor’s parts of following through with the treatment and monitoring to ensure that the medication is working, there are no relapses and you aren’t becoming addicted to Suboxone in place of your opioid addiction.
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