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Suboxone is one of the medications used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

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Suboxone is one of the medications used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). It helps people to get clean from other drugs and to stay focused on their recovery. Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist which means it will partially work on the body like an opioid, but the effects aren’t as strong, so it is less likely to be abused. It also helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms that someone may have when coming off from other drugs.

If you or someone you know need suboxone treatment, reach out to us today, here at Desert Rose Recovery Center.

Who Needs Suboxone Treatment

People who are addicted to any type of drug may benefit from suboxone treatment. If you aren’t sure whether you or someone you know has a drug addiction, look for these signs today:

  • Continuing to use drugs despite negative consequences such as relationship breakdowns and health issues
  • Needing to take more drugs to get desired effects
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug
  • Spending a lot of time looking for and using opioids or other drugs
  • Quitting enjoyable activities (ones they used to do often) to use drugs

If you or someone you know find that you do, in fact, have a drug addiction, hopefully, suboxone treatment can work well for you.

What Should I Tell the Rehab Center Staff Before Taking Suboxone?

There are some things that you should discuss with the rehab center staff before you start taking this medication such as:

  • Health conditions you may have and any symptoms those cause
  • Medication allergies
  • Suicidal thoughts or tendencies
  • Medications you are on now or have been on before that caused adverse side effects
  • Any mental health conditions or issues you may have
  • All non-medication treatments you receive such as therapy, meditation, etc.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you are using any illegal drugs or any narcotics

You and the rehab center staff can discuss if any of these issues pertain to your situation. If so, there may be other medications that you can take or you may just need to be closely watched while taking suboxone.

What if You Miss a Suboxone Dose?

It is very important that you are taking your suboxone as prescribed. There are many people who attend outpatient rehab who are on suboxone that miss doses. If you miss the dose, take it when you remember that you missed it unless it is already nearing the time for your next dose. You should never double up on your doses or take a higher or lower dose than what you have been prescribed.

In addition, if you have missed a dose, you should let your prescriber know, so they can keep track of what you miss. It may affect further treatment methods such as the way medications are given or taken.

Things to Avoid While Taking Suboxone

If you are receiving suboxone treatment, there are some things that you should avoid such as:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Using any sedatives
  • Taking any other opioid pain medicines such as morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or codeine
  • Using any illegal drugs

As long as you avoid doing all these things while you are taking suboxone, your treatments should go much more successfully.

Suboxone Overdose

Unfortunately, no matter what our rehab center staff does, we can’t keep an eye on everyone who is in outpatient treatment. There is a chance that someone might overdose or get more drugs from somewhere else. With this being said, we want to make sure that everyone’s life can be saved if possible. If you or someone you know overdose on suboxone, be sure to dial 9-1-1 right away. Urgent medical care may be needed. You can also reach out to poison control or get the person naloxone right away. This could very well save their life.

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Possible Suboxone Side Effects

Even though suboxone can be very helpful in treating drug addiction, there could still be some side effects when taking it. Many people want to know what effects they could have before taking a new medication. Some of the ones that you may have when taking suboxone include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Increased sweating
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increased pain
  • Swelling in the legs and arms
  • Withdrawal symptoms (diarrhea, stomach cramps, irritability, body aches, anxiety, runny nose, etc.)
  • Mouth numbness, mouth redness, and painful/burning tongue when placing the film

These are some of the more mild side effects. They don’t occur with everyone who takes suboxone. However, it is helpful to know what could occur when using this medication. There are some serious side effects that may occur, as well, such as allergic reactions and sleep-related breathing issues. If these serious side effects occur, be sure to get immediate medical care.

Long-Term Use of Suboxone

If you are considering getting suboxone treatment, you may want to know whether there are any long-term effects of suboxone use. Since this medication is a parial opioid agonist people can become physically dependent on it. However, there is less of a chance that someone will become addicted to this medication over other opioids.

Suboxone Medication Interactions

As noted above, it is very important that you talk to our Desert Rose team about any medications you are taking now or in the future. The primary reason for this is because there are some suboxone medication interactions such as:

  • Certain HIV medications (protease inhibitors)
  • Antifungals (ketoconazole, itraconazole, etc.)
  • Certain antibiotics (erythromycin and clarithromycin)
  • Rifadin
  • Some seizure medications
  • Opioid blockers

Most people do notice that the suboxone starts working after their first dose as long as they aren’t taking any medications or drugs that interact negatively with it or prevent it from working, as well.

Get Suboxone Treatment Today

Do you or someone you know have an addiction to opioids? If so, there are many treatments you can recieve to help you overcome this addiction. However, one of the most recommended treatments is suboxone. When you receive suboxone treatment, you can be more comfortable while going through the detox process. You can also wean off medications or drugs more easily with the help of suboxone.

Want to know more about suboxone treatment? Feel free to reach out to our team to discuss this as an option to help you overcome opioid addiction.

Want to enroll in a suboxone treatment program? Contact us today to get started.

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