First Choice Medical PLLC
Family Practice Physician & Internal Medicine located in Holbrook, NY
Suboxone is an effective opioid treatment method that blocks the pleasant sensations that cause opioid substance abuse. Dr. Lawrence Goldman of First Choice Medical in Holbrook, New York, helps patients suffering from opioid addiction get started on the road to recovery. Call or click today to learn if suboxone treatment is right for you.
Suboxone Q & A
What is suboxone?
Suboxone, a medication combining buprenorphine and naloxone, is used in pharmacological therapy for opiate addiction. Buprenorphine is a type of opioid medication, and naloxone blocks pain relief or feelings of euphoria.
Suboxone is beginning to surpass methadone, the former leading opioid abuse treatment option, as an opioid addiction treatment solution in the United States. It’s provided in pill form and taken orally. You place it under your tongue to dissolve.
The buprenorphine compound is absorbed into your bloodstream through your tongue. But the naloxone compound isn’t ingested. It stays in your mouth where you can swallow or spit it out.
Why should I choose suboxone over similar medications?
Suboxone is a preferred method of pharmacological therapy for several reasons. It has fewer side effects than methadone treatments, and it’s longer lasting. Additionally, suboxone doesn’t affect your heart rhythms, so it’s a safer option, and it’s less likely to cause an overdose. It’s best for people who have lower tolerances for withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Because of the boost in duration, you may not require a daily dose, but you should discuss how and when to take suboxone with your First Choice Medical healthcare professional.
Are there side effects when taking suboxone?
As with any medication, there are risks for side effects, namely:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Redness in cheeks
Not all or any of these side effects will occur, but if you do experience any, contact First Choice Medical immediately.
When should I take suboxone?
The timeframe to take suboxone depends on what causes your withdrawal symptoms. Heroin, oxycodone, and morphine can trigger withdrawal symptoms within six hours after consumption. While other opioids, such as oxycontin, could take days.
Once you begin to feel mild or moderate symptoms, you should take suboxone in consultation with your First Choice Medical care provider. The typical signs to watch for include:
- Moderate nausea
- Moderate muscle cramps
Tracking the timing of withdrawal symptoms can be difficult. It’s best to have your First Choice Medical care provider assess your condition.
You’re in expert hands at First Choice Medical when it comes to getting suboxone treatments. Book your appointment with Dr. Goldman online or call the practice today to get started.