Suboxone is a medication designed to help patients with opioid addictions recover from their condition. It contains two active ingredients: naloxone and buprenorphine. The purpose of the medication is to ease withdrawal symptoms and make it easier for patients to stay sober.
Suboxone is administered in the form of a film. If Dr. Horne prescribes this medication, you take it by placing it under your tongue or inside your cheek.
The primary active ingredient in Suboxone is buprenorphine. This medication works by attaching to the same receptors as other opioids, which can reduce your cravings for these drugs and limit the withdrawal symptoms you experience. Naloxone, the other active ingredient in Suboxone, protects against misuse. If you misuse Suboxone, naloxone causes uncomfortable symptoms.
Suboxone may be appropriate if you’re struggling to overcome an addiction to opioids. It’s an effective treatment option whether you’re using prescription or illegal drugs. Suboxone should always be administered under the supervision of a licensed physician like Dr. Horne.
Suboxone may interact with some medications. If you’re taking any medications that interact with this drug, you’ll most likely need to stop taking them before you begin treatment with Suboxone. Dr. Horne can review your list of medications and tell you whether you need to make any changes.
In most cases, Dr. Horne prescribes Suboxone as one part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program. Other therapies Dr. Horne may recommend include individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.
Like all medications, Suboxone may cause side effects. Some of the most common side effects of treatment with Suboxone include:
In rare cases, patients may have an allergic reaction to Suboxone that requires immediate medical attention. Overdose is also possible, so you should always take this medication as recommended by Dr. Horne.
Suboxone can be habit-forming. Don’t take more of this medication than Dr. Horne recommends. If you think you may be developing a dependence on Suboxone, tell Dr. Horne immediately.
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