Common Questions about Suboxone®
Suboxone® is an FDA-approved drug used in medication-assisted treatment to help people with opioid use disorder. This form of treatment is evidence-based and has helped millions overcome their addiction and achieve recovery. With several similar medications available, there are still many questions surrounding the use of Suboxone® for opioid addiction. Clarifying its benefits and functions can hopefully encourage people who need help to contact their local treatment facility.
Is Suboxone® Addictive?
While Suboxone® is used to treat opioid addiction, it is still a powerful medication that could lead to dependency if it’s misused. When taken as prescribed by a medical provider, it’s perfectly safe and very effective in treating opioid use disorder. The two main ingredients, buprenorphine, and naloxone stimulate the brain’s opioid receptors similarly to other opioids but will not facilitate a high. This helps patients avoid the devastating effects of withdrawal and helps them focus on their recovery goals.
How Long Does Suboxone® Last?
On average, a dose of Suboxone® can last up to three days. Patients enrolled in MAT are asked to take their medicine daily, most often at the same time of day, to prevent overlap of dosage. A patient’s weight, metabolism, drug, and health history will affect the medication’s longevity in the system. Each patient should be given a specific dose that correlates with their current needs, customized by a medical provider at the clinic, and adjusted as needed.
Does Suboxone® interact with Other Medications or Drugs?
Much like any other medication, Suboxone® can cause interaction with other substances, making it extremely important for patients to tell their providers all of their medications or other substances they frequently misuse. When combined with other opioids or sedatives, the effects can be severe, even with something as commonly consumed as alcohol.
What is the Duration of Suboxone® Treatment?
Every patient will have a unique and comprehensive treatment plan when prescribed Suboxone® for medication-assisted treatment. The length of time they’re on the medication depends on their personal recovery goals and early treatment progress. Suboxone® is approved for both short-term and long-term use without lessening its effectiveness over time.
Can Suboxone® be Stopped or Switched for a Different Medication?
A patient taking Suboxone® regularly is not required to take the medication long term. Some patients wish to taper off their treatment after discussing their progress with their medical provider. Treatment duration can last several months to several years. In fact, some patients prefer to stay on the medication indefinitely based on their health. Others may wish to change their medication, requiring them to go through an off-ramp and on-ramp period during their transition, monitored closely by the clinic staff.
Suboxone® is a widely-used medication that helps those with opioid use disorder get a handle on their addiction. For anyone looking to take back control over their substance misuse and treat their addiction, Recovery Services of New Mexico clinics are prepared to provide comprehensive and effective treatment options for all patients. Contact us today to discuss your enrollment.