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Suboxone Treatment

Suboxone is a combination drug used to treat opiate drug addiction. The Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) dictates that suboxone can only be prescribed by a government-approved physician, a doctor who takes a one-day course and completes the approval process with the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Purpose of Suboxone Treatment

Suboxone, an opiod itself, is used to get off of more addictive opiods such as heroin. The two components of suboxone work differently. Buprenorphine is an opioid agonist, which works like methadone. It reduces but does not erase withdrawal symptoms with the intent of eventually breaking opioid dependence. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which reverses the effects of opiates that are snorted or injected. If the patient uses an illicit drug while taking suboxone, the naloxone immediately causes withdrawal sickness. It is intended to discourage opioid use and abuse.

Suboxone Treatment Plan

Suboxone is taken daily or, in some cases, every other day, depending upon individual circumstances. The usual dose is 4 mg to 24 mg one a day. The medication comes in the form of a tablet or thin film, both of which are dissolved under tongue and rapidly absorbed into bloodstream. It tastes like burnt orange peel.

Taking more than 24 mg of suboxone daily will not lessen the patient’s opioid withdrawal symptoms. Dosing starts low and is increased, as needed depending on the patient’s addiction and the amount and type of opioid used.

Some patients are on the drug for a year or longer. Once a patient has been on a stable dose for a period of time, the dose is tapered down over 60 to 90 days.

Prescriptions are usually written for a 30-day supply of the drug. Users must carry a card identifying that they are taking the drug to be sure they receive safe and appropriate pain management if they have a medical emergency while on suboxone.

Weekly follow-up appointments are scheduled with the prescribing MD to assess the dosing and effects of the drug. Patients are screened on a regular basis for illicit drug use, once they are on a maintenance dose of Suboxone. Psychological counseling sessions are encouraged to help the patient with lifestyle changes.

Suboxone Vs Methadone

Suboxone has a capped dose to provide withdrawal symptom relief, unlike methadone that does not have a ceiling dosage. Methadone dosing levels are higher than suboxone and may provide better relief for patients with a severe opioid addiction. Methadone is more addictive than suboxone.

Methadone is only prescribed in a limited number of federally regulated clinics specializing in drug addiction treatment. This limits access to the drug for many patients. Suboxone is the first narcotic drug used to treat opiate dependence, which can be ordered in a doctor’s office. This makes the drug treatment more accessible to patients.

Is Suboxone Addictive?

People may experience a high from suboxone, therefore, this is also an abused drug. Users can develop a suboxone addiction, especially when it is taken recreationally. Addicts needing medication therapy to quit opiate dependence have options. Like any addiction treatment plan,  one should always consult with their treatment center or medical professional to see what will work best for that individual’s situation and lifestyle.


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