Treatment for Opioid Addiction - Patient Information about Suboxone
Addiction medicine doctors consider opioid addiction to be a chronic illness and treat it accordingly.
Suboxone is the first opioid medication approved under DATA (Drug Abuse Treatment Act) 2000 for the treatment of opioid dependence in an office-based setting. Suboxone also can be dispensed for take-home use, just as any other medicine for other medical conditions.
The primary active ingredient in SUBOXONE is buprenorphine. It works by suppressing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. Buprenorphine has a long duration of action, so its effects do not wear off quickly.
Dr. Rudominer has expertise in the evaluation and treatment of opioid dependent patients and has successfully used Suboxone in many cases. Treatment is carefully supervised and must include counseling as part of the overall treatment plan.
Below is a general outline of what you can expect during the Suboxone treatment process.
- Evaluation - A thorough evaluation will be conducted to determine if this treatment is clinically indicated.
- Initial Treatments (Induction)
- The goal of induction is to switch you from your current opioid (heroin, methadone or a prescription opiate like OxyContin) to Suboxone. Dr. Rudominer can either induce you directly in his office or give you a prescription to take home with instructions for induction in your own home. The advantage of beginning the induction in Dr. Rudominer’s office is that he can monitor you directly. If you choose this way of beginning induction, you MUST arrive for your induction already experiencing mild-to-moderate opioid withdrawal symptoms. This point cannot be emphasized enough. If you take Suboxone before you are in withdrawal, the medication will make you feel worse because it can cause withdrawal symptoms.
- Patients can begin to feel some relief within 20 minutes, although the full effects usually take a couple of days.
- Induction lasts anywhere from 2 to 7 days and frequent appointments are not uncommon during this period.
- Stabilization - Your dose of Suboxone will be fine tuned. Usually, appointments are once a week to once a month during this period.
- Maintenance - This process may last anywhere from months to years. Urine samples for drug testing are periodically given. It is during this period when counseling becomes a key focus to help to avoid relapse.
Dr. Rudominer has considerable expertise and is certified in the evaluation and treatment of opioid addiction. He has successfully used Suboxone in many cases. Treatment is carefully monitored and usually includes counseling as part of the overall treatment plan.
Call Dr. Howard S Rudominer at 973.716.9500 for your confidential consultation. He will be happy to answer all of your questions.
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