Suboxone is a form of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) that helps reduce opioid dependence and withdrawal symptoms. A combination of buprenorphine and naloxone minimizes cravings to relieve long-term dependence for a lasting recovery.
Along with an individualized treatment plan, Suboxone can help support your unique path to recovery from an opioid addiction.
Suboxone blocks the opioid receptors in your brain to reduce cravings. Buprenorphine, the primary ingredient in Suboxone, acts as a partial opioid agonist. This is a type of opioid that the Rose Medical Clinic team can administer in small doses to mimic the effects of stronger substances.
Naloxone, the second ingredient, is an opioid antagonist. It completely blocks your opioid receptors from experiencing any “high” you might otherwise get from buprenorphine.
The combination allows Suboxone to minimize the effects of opioid withdrawal and reduce intense cravings (without getting you high).
While Suboxone and methadone are both treatments for opioid addiction, methadone focuses on relieving opioid withdrawal pain. Meanwhile, Suboxone alleviates multiple types of opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Methadone is also more habit-forming than Suboxone because it’s a full opioid agonist, rather than partial. This means you’re at a higher risk of becoming dependent on the treatment than with Suboxone.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person, but the most common are:
Most individuals experience opioid withdrawal symptoms within 12 to 30 hours of their last dose. Suboxone can help reduce these symptoms and help you maintain a healthy recovery from opioid addiction.
Suboxone is a sublingual medication (you place a small tablet underneath your tongue). The Suboxone tablet takes about five to 10 minutes to dissolve. The Rose Medical Clinic team may ask you to lean your head forward to aid the dissolving process.
Every treatment plan is different, but Suboxone is available in four strengths:
Most Suboxone treatment plans span about 24 weeks, but the team can adjust your treatment and doses as needed to support your unique path to recovery.
To schedule an appointment for Suboxone treatment, call Rose Medical Clinic in Chillicothe, Ohio, or request an appointment online today.