Why Do Doctors Prescribe Suboxone?
Suboxone has medical and health benefits and is prescribed by the doctors and medical professionals at Restoration Recovery. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Chattanooga TN.
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Suboxone is technically a painkiller as it falls in the analgesic drug class, though it is used to treat opioid addiction and not pain. Suboxone is the brand name for a medication of buprenorphine HCL, a partial opioid agonist, and naloxone HCL, an opioid receptor antagonist. The combined role of these two components is to lessen opioid withdrawal and addiction.
A partial opioid antagonist works to activate the brain’s receptors but does so to a lesser degree compared to a full opioid agonist like morphine. Opioid receptor antagonists like naloxone reverse the effect of opioids and prevent new users from having as strong of an effect since the receptors in the brain have a preference to stay attached to naloxone over other opioids like heroin.
Suboxone is not considered an anti-anxiety medication, nor can it be prescribed for such effects. That said, the use of Suboxone to treat opioid abuse has been proven to reduce the anxiety associated with withdrawal and detoxification. This may occur for a few reasons.
Buprenorphine HCL (Suboxone) is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, meaning it decreases the activity of the CNS, which comprises the brain and spinal cord. By relaxing and slowing the processes of the brain, anxiety is reduced significantly. Opioid withdrawal is an intensely unpleasant experience and causes many symptoms, including anxiety. The combination of a partial opioid agonist and opioid antagonist work to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms during detoxification.
Suboxone is only approved to be prescribed for the treatment of opioid dependency. Before prescribing this medication, your doctor would take into consideration what type of opioid you are addicted to, whether it is short-acting or long-acting, the time you last used opioids, and your degree of chemical dependency.
Many people are familiar with the opioid methadone, which has become widely used to treat opioid dependence. Suboxone provides the same benefits as methadone in terms of detoxification and is becoming a preference amongst patients and healthcare professionals for many reasons. While both substances can be habit-forming, patients using Suboxone are less likely to develop dependency as it is a Schedule III drug, while methadone is a Schedule II medication.
Suboxone is also more accessible, as you do not need to have doses administered at a specialized clinic; instead, you are given a prescription and can eventually self-administer. Further, this treatment is more cost-conscious than methadone treatments. Suboxone can be used to medically assist detoxification from any of the following opioids: heroin, fentanyl, codeine, oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), hydrocodone, hydrocodone-acetaminophen (Vicodin), and more. Treatment plans that include the prescription use of Suboxone will also utilize counseling and psychiatric services.
This medication is not approved for any other uses besides treatment for opioid addiction. Suboxone was approved for prescription use with the intent to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) in 2002 by the Food and Drug Association (FDA). As per the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA), only healthcare providers meeting specific requirements and have gained specialized certifications can prescribe this drug, as it is a Schedule III medication. In addition, health care providers must notify the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) before doing so as well.
If you are experiencing substance addiction and need help to begin your recovery journey, the Restoration Recovery treatment center is here for you. With our broad range of services and resources, our team of dedicated health care professionals can guide you through recovery and provide medical assistance, like the prescription use of Suboxone. So please, if you are seeking help to recover from substance abuse, give our office a call or book an appointment online to be seen as soon as possible. We are here for you. We serve patients from Chattanooga TN, Fairmount TN, Walden TN, Harrison TN, Middle Valley TN, Signal Mountain, TN and surrounding areas.