Saturday, November 7, 2009

Suboxone Detox

Suboxone has flooded the country as a maintenance medication for opiate addiction. Undoubtedly it has its place, but from where I sit, it’s also creating a lot of problems.

Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication. Buprenorphine is similar to other opioids such as morphine, codeine, and heroin however, it produces less euphoric ("high") effects and therefore may be easier to stop taking.

Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids such as morphine, codeine, and heroin. If Suboxone is injected, naloxone will block the effects of buprenorphine and lead to withdrawal symptoms in a person with an opioid addiction.

We receive countless calls from people who cannot understand why they can’t get off their suboxone. In many cases the people we talk to can wean down from 24mg to 16mg, from 16mg to 8mg, and even pretty easily from 8mg to 4mg. the problem seems to be dropping lower than that if a person has been on suboxone for an extended period of time.

Suboxone can cause drug dependence. This means that withdrawal symptoms may occur if you stop using this medication. These are the people we are hearing from. Not everyone has a problem getting off suboxone, but for those who can’t kick It on their own, we provide a safe, convenient out-patient detox. Call Jennifer or any of our staff at TCI to find out more about it.

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