What Is Suboxone Good For?
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Suboxone is a medication used in treating opioid addiction. It is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone and is available by prescription. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which means it blocks opioid receptors which in turn reduces a person’s urges to get high from opioids. Naloxone works to reverse the withdrawal effects of opioids. The combination works to prevent withdrawal symptoms from opioids.
Suboxone has replaced Methadone as the preferred treatment for opioid addiction.
Suboxone is also easier to get than Methadone. Methadone is only available through specialized treatment locations. Suboxone is available through many doctors who can work with your addictions counselor to create a personalized treatment plan.
Suboxone will deter cravings and manage the symptoms of opioid withdrawals. This works best with a comprehensive treatment plan. Medication alone will not be enough to target the underlying reasons for opioid use and addiction. Working with a counselor will make your treatment much more successful.
Suboxone works best with short-acting opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers. People who are addicted to long-acting opioids may want to use a Buprenorphine-only medication.
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist which causes a quick improvement in mood. People who have used Suboxone for opioid dependence have found that they find their activities and hobbies more pleasurable. Loss of interest in activities and hobbies is a sign of depression and anxiety.
Patients who have taken Suboxone had stated that they feel more normal when doing things that they had lost interest in while using opioids. People with depression try to cope with dopamine and serotonin deficiencies. The boost that comes from Suboxone can help them find a sense of normality.
Because Suboxone acts on receptors in the brain that regulate depression and anxiety, it can help people who struggle with major anxiety and depression disorders. It is becoming evident that a partial opioid agonist might help people relax.
Suboxone is classified as a schedule III prescription drug, thus it is a controlled substance. It is classified this way because it has medical use, but a person can become dependent on it and it can be substance use disorder.
The government has special rules on how schedule III drugs can be prescribed and how they can be dispensed. Doctors who have special training and are certified through the U.S. federal government are able to prescribe Suboxone can prescribe it.
The length of time that you should take Suboxone will spend on your condition and the severity of your addiction. The medication generally takes more than a month to be effective. However, it should not be used for more than 2 years. Most often, patients have been prescribed Suboxone for 6 to 12 months.
Once on Suboxone as a part of a treatment plan, you will be monitored by your doctor for progress and whether you need it any longer. It is not recommended to stop taking Suboxone completely. You should taper off it following your doctor’s instructions.
It is recommended to take Suboxone once a day. Taking too much Suboxone can lead to a high tolerance of it and can lead to becoming dependent on the drug. Addiction to Suboxone is fairly common and inhibits recovery. It is very important to use this drug as prescribed and talk to your doctor about how you are feeling while on this drug.
If you are struggling with opioid addiction, Restoration Recovery can help. We provide quality opioid recovery treatments. Our trained professionals are here to help. To find out more schedule an appointment online or give us a call. We serve patients from Chattanooga TN, Tyner TN, Ridgeside TN, Harrison TN, East Ridge TN, Ooltewah TN, Red Bank TN, and surrounding areas.