Buprenorphine (suboxone) treatment

Buprenorphine / suboxone treatment

Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of opiate dependence such as heroin addiction and contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioid medication, including pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opioid abuse. Suboxone is used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction. It is not for use as a pain medication.Experts say it works well because it's a very "sticky" drug, meaning it binds well with the same receptors as opiates. Suboxone has become widely used as a replacement for methadone because it can be prescribed by our doctors in our offices, while methadone can only be provided at specialized addiction centers, of which there are a limited number In fact Suboxone was one of the first two narcotics to be made available under the Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000 to help solve the growing shortage of addiction treatment centers.   
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