Opioid addiction leads to physical and psychological dependence
Opioid addition leads to physical and psychological dependence. Our “Opioid Detox” treatments are physician supervised and allows people with opioid addiction to stop taking these drugs without experiencing the painful withdraw symptoms or struggling with drug cravings
What is Suboxone?
What is Sublocade
Suboxone is the brand name for a prescription medication used in treating those addicted to opioids, illegal or prescription. It contains the ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, blocks the opiate receptors and reduces a person’s urges. The second ingredient, naloxone, helps reverse the effects of opioids. Together, these drugs work to prevent withdrawal symptoms associated with an opioid addiction.
SUBLOCADE is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe addiction (dependence) to opioid drugs (prescription or illegal) who:
- Have received treatment with an oral transmucosal (used under the tongue or inside the cheek) buprenorphine-containing medicine for 7 days and are taking a dose that controls withdrawal symptoms for at least seven days
SUBLOCADE is part of a complete treatment plan that should include counseling.
It is not known if SUBLOCADE is safe or effective in children.
SUBLOCADE is a controlled substance (CIII) because it contains buprenorphine that can be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines or street drugs.
Used Of Suboxone
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SUBLOCADE?
Dr Prieto may prescribe Suboxone for dependence on short-acting opioids including heroin and prescription painkillers. Suboxone is typically not recommended for long-acting opioids. Instead, many people use a buprenorphine-only medication.
The first phase of Suboxone use is the withdrawal phase, where symptoms are most uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. Suboxone helps alleviate and potentially eliminate opioid withdrawal symptoms. Under the supervision of your doctor, you will move from the withdrawal phase to the maintenance phase. Once treatment has been completed, your doctor may begin reducing your doses until you no longer need the medication.
- Because of the serious risk of potential harm or death from self-injecting SUBLOCADE into a vein (intravenously), it is only available through a restricted program called the SUBLOCADE REMS Program.
SUBLOCADE is not available in retail pharmacies.
Your SUBLOCADE injection will only be given to you by a certified healthcare provider.
- In an emergency, you or your family should tell the emergency medical staff that you are physically dependent on an opioid and are being treated with SUBLOCADE.
- Buprenorphine, the medicine in SUBLOCADE, can cause serious and life-threatening problems, especially if you take or use certain other medicines or drugs. Call your healthcare provider right away or get emergency help if you:
- feel faint or dizzy
- cannot think well or clearly
- have mental changes such as confusion
- have a high body temperature
- have slower breathing than you normally have
- have slowed reflexes
- have severe sleepiness
- feel agitated
- have blurred vision
- have stiff muscles
- have problems with coordination
- have trouble walking
- have slurred speech
These can be signs of an overdose or other serious problems.
- Death or serious harm can happen if you take anxiety medicines or benzodiazepines, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, or sedatives, antidepressants, or antihistamines, or drink alcohol during treatment with SUBLOCADE. Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any of these medicines and if you drink alcohol.
How Does Suboxone Help Addiction Treatment?
ACHIEVING TREATMENT SUCCESS*
Suboxone can be used during different stages of treatment and offers a long-term solution for managing an opioid addiction. When included as part of a comprehensive recovery plan, the medication eliminates opioid cravings altogether.
Since Suboxone is a depressant, it slows you down rather than speeding you up like a stimulant. Those who take the medication may experience:
- Pain relief
- Calmness and overall
- Perceived fewer worries and reduced stress levels
Follow-up appointments with your prescribing physician is important in ensuring a successful recovery while on Suboxone.
People treated with SUBLOCADE plus counseling were 14x more likely to achieve treatment success* compared to people treated with placebo (injection with no medication) plus counseling in a 24-week clinical study.
*The proportion of people achieving treatment success (defined as patients with ≥ 80% opioid-free weeks) was significantly greater in the SUBLOCADE groups compared to the placebo group (approximately 30% SUBLOCADE, 2% placebo).
Opioid-free weeks were defined as weeks when a person’s urine sample was negative for illicit opioids and they reported no opioid use. These weeks were not always consecutive.
In clinical studies, after a monthly injection of SUBLOCADE, additional buprenorphine was not allowed during the dosing period.