Opioid Addiction Can Be Treated
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Treatment for opiate addiction has evolved. Daily methadone treatment is no longer your only option. Below you will see a number of the medications prescribed in our program. Our team has the training and experience to determine which type of treatment and medications are best for you.
Buprenorphine & Naloxone
Suboxone is a combination of two medications: Buprenorphine and Naloxone.
Buprenorphine is an opioid, and is similar to Percocet, heroin, methadone or Oxycontin. It is a long acting medication that does not cause a rush or high, but will prevent you from going into withdrawal and stop you from craving other opioids.
The second component, Naloxone, counteracts opioids and prevents the abuse of Suboxone. When taking Suboxone as prescribed, under the tongue, Naloxone is not absorbed into the body. This prevents it from interfering with your medicines and causing you any symptoms. Take Suboxone only as your doctor prescribes.
Generic Suboxone® (Buprenorphine & Naloxone)
Buprenorphine carries a lower risk of abuse, addiction, and side effects compared to full opioid agonists. In fact, in high doses and under certain circumstances, buprenorphine can actually block the effects of full opioid agonists and can precipitate withdrawal symptoms if administered to an opioid-addicted individual while a full agonist is in the bloodstream.
Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose, for example morphine and heroin overdose. Specifically, naloxone is used in opioid overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally. Naloxone is a nonscheduled (i.e., non-addictive), prescription medication. Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system; the medication has no effect if opioids are absent.
Subutex sublingual tablet is administered sublingually as a single daily dose. Subutex sublingual tablet contains no naloxone and is preferred for use only during induction. Following induction, Suboxone® sublingual film or Suboxone® sublingual tablet is preferred due to the presence of naloxone when clinical use includes unsupervised administration. The use of Subutex sublingual tablet for unsupervised administration should be limited.
Buprenorphine & Naloxone (sublingual tablet)
Zubsolv® is a schedule CIII narcotic that combines buprenorphine, an opioid (partial agonist-antagonist), and naloxone, an opioid antagonist. Naloxone reduces the potential for IV misuse and diversion.
Zubsolv® sublingual tablets have increased bioavailability of the active ingredient, which allows patients to use a lower strength. This reduces the amount for potential misuse and diversion. Also, Zubsolv® is available in the highest level of child resistant unit dose F1 packaging, which reduces the chance of unintended pediatric exposure.
Zubsolv® sublingual tablets will be available in 1.4mg/0.36mg and 5.7mg/1.4mg strengths as a menthol flavor. Orexo anticipates its launch in September 2013.
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