Supports Day-to-Day Functioning without Symptoms of Withdrawl
Patients utilizing Suboxone long-term have better outcomes.Read More
Reduced / Eliminated Withdrawl Symptoms
Suboxone decreases the discomfort associated with withdrawl from heroin and other opioids.Read More
Part of a Comprehensive Management Program
Suboxone should be used as part of a complete treatment plan to include counseling and psychosocial support.Read More
Opioid dependence is a chronic disease that causes changes in the brain. Like other chronic diseases, help may be available for opioid dependence. One option for treatment of opioid dependence is to use medication, counseling, and behavioral therapy together. People may learn to live with long-term illnesses.
SUBOXONE Film is a prescription medicine that contains the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used to treat adults who are dependent on (addicted to) opioids (either prescription or illegal).
Opioids attach to receptors in the brain, with three main effects; reduced respiration, euphoria, decreased pain. The more opioids ingested the more of an effect. The process of opioids binding to the opioid receptors can be thought of as a mechanical union, the better the fit the more the opioid effect. Buprenorphine is different. It too binds to the receptors, however, without a perfect fit. As a result the Buprenorphine tends to occupy the receptors without all of the opioid effects. The receptor is tricked into thinking it has been satisfied with opioids without producing strong feelings of euphoria, and without causing significant respiratory depression. This, in turn, prevents that receptor from joining with full opioids; therefore if the patient uses heroin or painkillers, they are unlikely to experience additional effect. Buprenorphine tends to stay with the receptors, blocking them, much longer then opioids do. This stickiness, is what makes Buprenorphine last so long, up to 3 days.
In appropriate patients, treatment may begin under the supervision and continue at home with follow-up visits at reasonable intervals.
The range of dosage strengths available may allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the dose you need potentially using only 1 or 2 films. SUBOXONE Film comes in 2 mg/0.5 mg, 4 mg/1 mg, 8 mg/2 mg, and 12 mg/3 mg unit-dose packaging.
Yes. Dr. Gilreath has DEA approval to treat opioid addicted patients with Suboxone.