It seems like the best place to go to ask questions about how medication can help you to overcome opioid addiction would be your doctor. Who better to answer questions about Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv and other meds for opiate dependence.
You may also have questions about injectables for addiction treatment. Subcutaneous buprenorphine is an alternative to traditional Suboxone therapy. The only brand available now is Sublocade. Brixadi is another brand coming out soon. Another injectable that is available is Vivitrol. Vivitrol is a different type of injectable because it uses the pure opioid blocker, naltrexone. A major benefit of injectables is that they can last for an entire month.
What about treatments that last more than a month? There is a buprenorphine implant that lasts up to six months. The brand name is probuphine.
A common question that patients ask when they call for an appointment is if they should quit opioids before coming in to see the doctor. This is a good question.
Ideally, if possible, you should quit right away. Each use of opioids puts you at risk for a dangerous overdose. However, if this is impossible, still go to your doctor appointment. Don’t cancel the appointment because you used drugs the morning of your appointment.
While buprenorphine does require a period of time where you do not use opioids before you can take your first dose, at least you can get an initial consultation with your new doctor. You will have initiated your treatment program, even if you cannot take your medication right away.
After a patient has started treatment, there is another question that they often ask as soon as they are feeling better. They want to know how soon they can stop Suboxone. The first few months of treatment can be a danger period for many patients.
Suboxone treatment can be so effective that the patient feels as if they have been cured. The medication has few if any side effects and the patient feels as if they were never addicted to opioids. The fact is that Suboxone is a clean drug that does its work quietly without making the patient overly aware of its effects.
Patients who start Suboxone therapy and have success with it should plan on continuing treatment for at least 1-2 years. It is important that the patient also go for therapy with a psychologist experienced in treating addiction. While many patients will be able to significantly reduce and eventually stop Suboxone, there are some who will do best with longer-term treatment.
If you have questions about Suboxone, ask your doctor. If your doctor does not have the answers that you need, make an appointment with a doctor who is experienced in this area of healthcare. Avoid relying on information from non-medical personnel who may give you inaccurate information about Suboxone treatment and medication-assisted treatment in general.