Suboxone Doctor Questions and Answers
Our doctors at Restoration Recovery in Chattanooga, TN can help you deal with opioid dependency by providing professional help through suboxone treatment. For more information, call us or book an appointment online.
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If you are dealing with opioid dependence or addiction, having a solid support system of friends, family, and professional care can be a huge help on your path to recovery. At Restoration Recovery in Chattanooga, TN, our addiction doctors would be pleased to join you on that journey with Suboxone treatment, which is a highly effective treatment for overcoming opioid addiction.
Suboxone is a medication used to treat and prevent withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction or dependence. As such, it is often prescribed to individuals who are seeking to overcome addictions or dependencies on opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone.
At your first doctor’s appointment for Suboxone treatment, your Suboxone doctor will ask you various questions about your opioid addiction or dependency, such as the particular opioid you are addicted to or dependent on, the last time you used the opioid, how frequently you use the opioid, and if it is considered long- or short-acting. The answers you provide to these questions are confidential and only used to determine the specifics of your personal treatment plan.
In addition to various questions pertaining to your opioid addiction or dependence, you should also be prepared to provide a urine sample. We expect that this urine sample will test positive for the substance you are seeking Suboxone treatment to help overcome, so you do not need to worry about passing or failing this initial test as there will be no repercussions either way. Before or after the urine test, a medical assistant will also take your vitals.
Based on the information provided during the question-and-answer period with your doctor, as well as your vitals and urine sample, your Suboxone doctor will determine whether you are eligible for Suboxone treatment. If you are eligible for Suboxone treatment, they will write you a prescription for Suboxone, instruct on when and how to take Suboxone, and let you know when you should make a follow-up appointment.
While Suboxone can help with pain to an extent, it is not prescribed to treat chronic pain. The operative ingredient in Suboxone is buprenorphine, which is a partial opioid agonist-antagonist with significant analgesic effects. As such, Suboxone can help with pain relief for individuals to whom it has been prescribed to prevent and treat withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction or dependence.
Suboxone is made of up eighty percent buprenorphine and twenty percent naloxone. As a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, buprenorphine works similarly to other opioids but does not cause the same euphoric effects that they do. Moreover, since buprenorphine is a partial opioid, it occupies the opioid receptors in your brain. In so doing, buprenorphine prevents the opioid receptors from producing cravings and withdrawal symptoms when you are not using while also blocking the effects of any other opioid that you take while on buprenorphine. Buprenorphine also has a ceiling effect, so that the effects of buprenorphine plateau after taking a certain amount. In this way, buprenorphine has a built-in deterrent to overdose and misuse.
Naloxone is added to buprenorphine in Suboxone to prevent any misuse of Suboxone further, as it only becomes active if it is injected rather than taken sublingually, or under the tongue, as prescribed. Since naloxone is an opioid antagonist, it would block the effects of buprenorphine and cause instant and intense withdrawal symptoms for any individual who is addicted to or dependent upon opioids if Suboxone were injected.
If you would like more information about Suboxone treatment or wish to schedule an appointment at Restoration Recovery, we welcome you to call us and talk to our Suboxone doctor through our website! We serve patients from Chattanooga TN, Tyner TN, Ridgeside TN, Harrison TN, East Ridge TN, Ooltewah TN, Red Bank TN, and surrounding areas.