What It’s For: Like Subutex, Suboxone works to eradicate opiates’ influence on the brain, and allow opiate addicted users to stop taking drugs such as heroin (or pills such as OxyContin or Vicodin) without experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms or struggling with drug cravings. However Suboxone also contains the opiate blocker Naloxone.
How It Works: There are two medications combined in each dose of Suboxone. The most important ingredient is Buprenorphine, which is classified as a 'partial opioid agonist, and the second is Naloxone which is an 'opioid antagonist' or an opioid blocker. Buprenorphine partially binds to the opioid receptors in the brain, but not to the same degree as other opioids. Buprenorphine “tricks” the brain into believing it has encountered a full opioid such as Oxycodone or heroin. Meanwhile, Naloxone stops other drugs, such as heroin, from activating the receptors.
Written by Dr. Burr von Maur
Posted on November 14, 2016
Reduce Withdrawal Symptoms & Cravings: Since the FDA approved Suboxone to treat opiate dependence in 2002, Suboxone has successfully treated many of the 2.4 million people in the U.S. who were addicted to opioids (narcotics) by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
How to Get It: To learn more about Suboxone contact the Landon Institute for a complimentary consultation, where Board Certified Physicians qualified to treat opioid dependent patients can determine if Suboxone is right for you or your loved one.
Suboxone works to eradicate opiates’ influence on the brain, and allow opiate addicted users to stop taking drugs without experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms or drug cravings.
What to Expect: The first dose of Suboxone is administered while the patient is in a moderate state of withdrawal. Once the patient is no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms and has minimal to no side effects without any uncontrollable cravings the patient will continue taking medication regularly as prescribed. It is important that you work with your doctor to determine when the time is right to slowly lower your dose, taking care to minimize withdrawal symptoms.
Optimal Healthcare is Just a Call Away: The Landon Institute offers complimentary consultations with our team of Board Certified Physicians. To learn more about our multi-faceted, comprehensive mental health treatment programs, give us a call today. We’d love to sit down with you, or your loved one, at a complimentary consultation and educate you further on our institute, our whole-recovery approach, and our patient success rate which is one of the highest in the country.
Suboxone has successfully treated many of the 2.4 million people in the U.S. who were addicted to opioids by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings
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